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« on: February 29, 2016, 01:26:08 am »

Daer All

As a new member and new in cabs last week I ordered my Cabking 6" and now waiting to receive it .BTW I started to collect some rough material from friends , I have a question.My cab machine will come with a trim saw but i am sure I can not make slaps with it from the rough materials.Now I am thinking to ask someone to cut slaps for me to start cabbing,

What should be the perfect or required thickness of a slap of opal wood ?

Thanks in advance.
Regards from Turkey/Azerbaijan


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« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2016, 09:37:08 am »

I like my slabs around 1/4 inch, or 6 to 7 mm.
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« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2016, 09:38:34 am »

i make all my slabs the thickness of four USA pennies.
What is that, 1/4 inch thick? dunno
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« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2016, 09:53:49 am »

There's some personal preference involved. The preferred thickness for sale seems to be 1/4" (~6mm).

For free forms/pendants I often like thinner slabs (5mm) to make lightweight low-dome cabs. Sometimes even thinner if the material allows. Then there are semi-transparent plumes and such that are cut thin to use as doublets.

Look forward to seeing the inside of that chunk!

-Jeremy
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2016, 02:46:36 am »

6-7mm is a good starting point for cabs. I usually cut a range of thicknesses when slabbing as I do a whole range of items from 1mm thick guitar picks to 15mm thick puffy double sided hearts and everything in between.

David
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2016, 06:14:51 am »

thank you all for your kind suggestions.
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