I received a really nice piece of big leaf maple from Spruce Bruce recently for my next back plate. It was about 38 lbs/cf.
It's my first slab cut back so the first thing I noticed was how flexible it was as I started to carve. Well, I'm basically .200" down the center, with the recurve around .125 - .130, and I'm fairly thick going up to the heel ala Loars.
But I've reached my deflection standards as well as my tap tuning standards, and I must stop carving.
Has anyone carved a mandolin back as thick as this? It seems quite thick compared to what I've seen others carve. Does slab-cut generally mean less stiff?