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  1. As I gear up to attack the neck join I am...

    As I gear up to attack the neck join I am confronted once again with the dreaded 'get it 90 degrees' monster that has gnashed its teeth at me over all these years. (Indeed, when my son glibly said,...
  2. Here are photos that perhaps show what I am...

    Here are photos that perhaps show what I am seeing. The imperfections are actually more 'visible' to the hand than the eye.

    I am working on how to flatten the area where the neck will sit. I...
  3. First build -quilted maple and redwood

    Sequoia suggested I keep photos coming of this adventure so I am picking up with where I am at this point. I glued the top onto the sides and am researching attaching the neck (yet to be made). If I...
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    Excellent overview of options. I am getting a...

    Excellent overview of options. I am getting a better grasp of all this as I read. Thank you!

    Looks like Chuck Moore and Sven do a barrel nut in the neck, drilling down through the neck for that. ...
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    I didn't think of extending the back as a heel...

    I didn't think of extending the back as a heel cap. My plan from LMI calls for a different level for the back and the heel cap. I'll just make something.
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    Thank you, Sven. I looked at your blog -well...

    Thank you, Sven. I looked at your blog -well done! Okay, a "barrel nut" is different than a 'threaded insert' used by some folks. Thus the larger hole in the neck at 90 degrees to the one drilled...
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    THAT IS QUITE AN OFFER!! We've been to Oahu,...

    THAT IS QUITE AN OFFER!!

    We've been to Oahu, Maui and Kauai, but never the big island. I mentioned that to Mary Lou this morning and we just may have to do that! Grateful for builders who take...
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    How to do a bolt-on neck?

    First build, tenor uke. Planning to do a bolt-on neck with no mortise/tenon and no reinforcement rod(?)

    I have the sides joined and not sure what to do next. Should I install the top and then...
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    Thanks, all! Great stuff here! Another idea is...

    Thanks, all! Great stuff here! Another idea is to skip doing my own thing just yet and find somebody nearby who has a working set-up I can try.

    @Sequoia -I appreciate the wisdom in your comments,...
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    So make the instrument secure and run a router ...

    So make the instrument secure and run a router (I picked up a Bosch Colt for this.) as evenly as possible. Does sound simple though I admit it would be scary the first time through.
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    Binding jig?

    Still on instrument #1 and hopefully I will be addressing binding edges before long. Looks like you can spend $400 for a vertical router holder and jig to hold your ukulele or guitar in. Perhaps...
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    Yes, I did remember to put the cork on.:-) I...

    Yes, I did remember to put the cork on.:-)
    I meant rounding the ends of the dowels opposite of the cork end. Sorry.
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    They can be used for guitars as well as ukes. I...

    They can be used for guitars as well as ukes. I plan on tackling a kit guitar next. I've threaded them down fairly close to the height needed to set the top on, which I hope to do this coming week. ...
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    So I ended up buying a Hisense 70 pint...

    So I ended up buying a Hisense 70 pint dehumidifier from Lowe's on clearance for $183, regularly $229. Back to building. :-)
    I got the kerfing made and installed on the top side. Now figuring out...
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    Thank you for the encouragement! I could have...

    Thank you for the encouragement! I could have guessed this would be your thinking! :)
    I plan to resolve the DH issue as quickly as possible as I've finally resumed building after 3 1/2 months off...
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    Replacing a broken dehumidifier

    I bought a not-too-used Kenmore Elite dehumidifier for my 250 sq ft garage bay shop as I am building my first instrument, a tenor ukulele. It lasted less than a year before it leaked all over. In...
  17. Most commonly used radius dish specifications?

    I am building a tenor ukulele for my first instrument and I happened across a go-bar system with a 20 ft radius dish and a 28 ft radius dish. I have used the 20 ft for the top. Borrowed a friend's...
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    Thank you, for a very full and informative reply!...

    Thank you, for a very full and informative reply! The problem with somebody who's never done this is they have never done it. :-) :-) Simply meaning I don't know what sound to look for. I have no...
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    Thank you, all, for your help. I will post what I...

    Thank you, all, for your help. I will post what I decide down the road.
  20. Thank you, kindly! :) I can do that. :)

    Thank you, kindly! :) I can do that. :)
  21. This message is for Ken. I would have sent...

    This message is for Ken. I would have sent private message if I figured out how. Ken, I watched your YouTube video under the title ukulele building, nice tight butt. I experimented with that and the...
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    Pickup for a tenor ukulele?

    Thinking of putting a pickup in this, my first build. What do y'all do for electrifying your acoustic ukuleles? I don't need to spend top dollar but I don't want cheap either.

    As always, thank...
  23. This being my first build, I have no experience...

    This being my first build, I have no experience to draw from to answer my questions. This forum is a God-send! I have been trying to get my brain around this whole area of profiling sides and...
  24. 2017 Guild of American luthiers convention

    Curious, do many of you folks attend this? I heard about it recently. I don't believe that I'm anywhere near worth the money that they want to go to it but people say it's a great convention.
    I...
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    Thank you. What a relief! I wasn't sure if I was...

    Thank you. What a relief! I wasn't sure if I was missing the boat big time.
    So not knowing the pros and cons I'm inclined to go with solid linings because it looks like less work. I wonder if I can...
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