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#1 (permalink)      2/20/2018 1:05:25 PM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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Stabilised? Wood? (confirmed by supplier it's resin)
This box is discontinued now, so I was hesitating to make a thread, but you can still get it elsewhere, so finally I decided to doing it.
They were sending out 2 different versions of this, a square one and a more rounded one with holes on each side.

I gambled to take one, before the Holidays, (anyway, it was cheaper than a RAM or some other earlier boxes) as it was getting discontinued on the most places, just to finally see what stab wood was about.
Saw some pics about the square version, it was even confirmed that it was stab wood. Now, I received this: (to cry or not to cry?...)



Well, it didn't give me more idea about the subject, as I even have a little doubt that it's wood at all...

Ok, internals: 510 plate looks identical (after pics) with the Pcc Team 18650 Squonk Mechanical Box Mod, might be a well working one I can't tell, as stripped off the box immediately, and later on it got an other 510. Contacts: idem, got changed, it had reminded too much to the Icarus contacts.

After some TLC (taking off the clear coat, staining, a bit of polishing, oiling, waxing) it looks like this. I wonder if it were really stab wood, would it be possible to dye it like this (with the simplest tenture I found at hand)...







If you have a look at the grains, each side is a very different character, would hard to say that it's one piece of wood block. Actually it looks like an interesting wrap... lol. Anyway, it's a looker, maybe even more on pics than in real life.

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Heh, crosspost.

And bump. :)
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In daylight. (add the back. When you cut burls, the patterns, can it give shapes like this??)


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I'm not sure, I haven't really inspected many burl pieces to be able to say. The pieces could also be blocks that weren't suitable for other uses. AFAIK, a burl develops due to an parasite or infection of the tree, so it develops differently for each tree and we don't know what kind of timber the mod was made from, but we can assume it was local.

It would be better if they didn't dye it, IMO wood looks pretty neat when finished anyway. Or if they dyed it one colour so the colour didn't detract from the detail of the grain. Your mod is unique anyway and in a good way.
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It makes sense to stabilise burls actually...

Have a look at these bowls made from eucalypts.
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wuwei.ap wrote:

It makes sense to stabilise burls actually...

Have a look at these bowls made from eucalypts.


Yes, they are stunning.
Agree about dying... =)
I'll however try to dye an other panel (made for the S Rabbit from elm) Have only two colours: cherry red and brown (to avoid pink and sky blue) =D so the contrast wouldn't be flagrant ;)

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It sounds good, I hope it's a nice piece of wood. As I am squonkless (if and but too much), I had thought of one of these, SKU 9615616, but I hate the back graphic.

I don't have a dustfree place to paint anything so it's really annoying.
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Well well don't you like car logos? ;-)
Yeah they quite spoiled that little nice box with that...
Some of my youth best friends were carpenters. With the french term "ébénistes", also knew some from the old world. Although was just wondering and observing that time, when had the occasion, that taught me a very little, especially respecting wood. Today I can squat a very well equipped workshop with machines of a friend. lol Which I did for the elm, not long ago =) Sure, some nice pieces, they have been drying for more than 30 years.
There are so many ways, convictions, opinions about finishing, I'll see that as a test too.
At stab wood, basically they fill up all the micro and macro spaces with resin. Using linen oil would do the same. 2-3 hundred years ago nobody could still use varnish at buildings, wood stayed in good form for very long time, even exterior, oil and wax even protected them against UV (sun). IF they were maintained. (means: repeating the process from time to time)
So that's all I count to do with my panels. And will see how it resists accidental flooding and summer heats. =)

ps.: there's a pic in the porn thread if you'd like to see the first one. (about 3 pages back)

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This one? It looks very nice. Old timber is hard to work with. You need some sharp tools for that. I don't think you'll have a problem of it shifting too much.



That car logo is ridiculous on that mod, heh.

You probably know more about traditional finishes than I do. I only did some shellac on an old guitar and mainly industrial finishes. I mainly prepped for painting. I've seen some really nice beeswax treatments, it might be a good alternative to painting.

I can get access to a shared workshop through a mens club, but it seems more trouble than it's worth. I have a trimmer router that can put a radius on a piece of wood. It can also be used to copy a flat piece with the right bit. I do tend to overthink it out of habit - I used to make jigs so that anyone could complete things.

I found pre thicknessed veneer online for guitar headstocks that could be fashioned into a box. The 2mm could be precut and laminated together to create a pencil case style mod. It would also make it a little more resistant to warping.
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Thanks =)
All I've got a drill, a grinder and now... a belt sender! (Xmas gift from BF lol =D) Also an old recycled band saw that could be put in state. So it was great at my mate's workshop to be able to make some slices of that wood, cut it about size and initiate the hole. Than I had a long hand sanding session for fitting and finishing it.

I would prefer to make a box from one piece (I know now where to borrow a marauder) + front panel. Warping is a problem (yet) But it's good not to be in a hurry =)

With the shared workshop - I see what you mean...=) (from the trouble side)
The veneer for guitar may be mapple tree (oups just found this site, but they are a bit pricey) that's very nice! Or Spruce. Try to see if you can get the same thing for violins.
From China? ;)
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It's the rough cut and thicknessing that I need done at the workshop if I worked from a solid piece of timber. I couldn't pick a piece of timber, I'd have to "find" it.

You could simulate a solid block if you make the right cuts as an alternative to routing out a hole. It can be done so you would have to really find the joins to tell. You need to find something with consistent grain, but it's doable.

Something really handy for sanding would be a small linisher with belt sander.

The wood veneer is from China. Sapele, a light reddish timber. It's fairly cheap at less than $10 for three pieces.