Several months ago I received a phone call from a reader in Europe. Over the past several months we spoke about resawing requirements on the band saw, as he has a large quantity of premium rosewood to convert into blanks for guitars. We quickly became friends; we talked about his travels through the Americas over the years some decades ago. I also learned what he plans to do with all this wood; and we discussed in great detail how he should go about resawing a significant quantity of logs.
I wanted to see what my friend “Joe” was up to, and requested photos, if possible (Joe prefers to remain anonymous). He sent me the following — with his permission I share these photos:
From one side, to show the beautiful grain:
A head-on shot:
Joe uses a premium blade on a no-name, 20-inch band saw purchased locally. The current setup with Euro guides and a short fence works great to resaw these large blocks into 3-mm thick slabs; these slabs will be ripped into finger boards. However, in preparation to resaw thinner sets for guitar backs and sides, he has ordered Carter guides (both upper and lower), and a very tall resaw fence.
Thanks for sharing these, Joe, and thanks for everything I have learned from you about guitar-making, and the setup you are using.
For my readers, I would like to learn from you:
- Do you make musical instruments?
- Do you resaw large blocks like the ones Joe shows in the photos?
- What is your setup to resaw the large blocks?
- What type of wood do you use for your guitars or other instruments?