Sitka Re-Saw and Grade
Below is a general guideline of costs for materials in a Woody guitar.
The June and July entries into the Luthier's Journal complete the introduction to a comprehensive Overview of the requirements of home-shop guitar building. The full Overview will take a dozen months to complete. In these first two installments, Woody has attempted to present suggestions regarding the shop layout; lighting, and HVAC; as well as stationary machines, hand tools, tone-woods and other guitar-building issues.
Next month Woody will start with the initial procedures that he uses to build a guitar... glue up of the neck, top and back.
Below are the URLs to 4 interesting videos put out by Taylor Guitars. The videos are about harvesting and grading music-grade wood. They really are very interesting. To view them you will have to copy the URL and paste it into the address line of your browser.
Fiddle Back Maple
The Wood Book
Pictured below is a VERY informative reference book with measured specifications and comments on hundreds of different types of wood including every type of tone wood imaginable. The book and information is also online. Woody finds the book to be more handy than going to a computer to compare wood densities, hardness, elasticity, % shrinkage and much more.
Also pictured is an example of the table of the wood characteristics for two different types of guitar wood. There is a table like this for every species of wood in the book.
If you are into wood, you will like this book.
By comparing the information in the tables one can see that Brazilian and East Indian Rosewood have the same density, but Brazilian is stiffer and has significantly less tangential shrinkage.
More on shrinkage below.
Chapter 03_ Tone Woods