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I'm thinking of building my next lap steel from some old joists I have.  They are 100 years old or more.  I'm pretty certain they are pine but I have to double check.  The size of the joists are 3"x8" and not nominal size.  So 3" is 3".

Has anyone tried using pine (old growth) to make a lap steel?  I'd be interested to hear some opinions.


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You might check out a website called The guy is in Europe, builds lap steels as well as other guitars, and has a great website with all kinds of help and a great book which is almost all on the site, although I bought it anyway. Also, he has pictures, probably two hundred of them, of guitars people have built using his books and help. Check it out! I do seem to remember that Taylor guitars made a guitar out of oak from a shipping pallette! So, anything is possible! Edward


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