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  1. Thanks Chuck. I always appreciate your positive...

    Thanks Chuck. I always appreciate your positive comments. Your experience and knowledge helps us all. The little uke is coming to Hawaii in July. Honolulu and then Maui. I built it for my nephew in...
  2. Finished mango top soprano. Chuck Moore was right.

    Tried the Mango for the top It sounded a little too mellow for my liking and the top deflection was a little too much as well. It was not going to cave in but it needed extra bracing after I had...
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    Thanks everyone. I am grateful for your input. We...

    Thanks everyone. I am grateful for your input. We all have experience that we can share. Thanks again.
    GP.
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    Thanks for the response. I have put in such a...

    Thanks for the response. I have put in such a brace and a bridge patch but wonder if a small brace running from the bridge plate up to the transverse brace is necessary. I will wait until I glue the...
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    soprano top bracing?

    Lots of ideas about what bracing to use on soprano tops. This one is mango and is 1.5 mm thick. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Looked at a lot on the web and most only have a bridge patch....
  6. Thanks. I suspected this may be the case. it is...

    Thanks. I suspected this may be the case. it is not the same tone as the spruce when tapped. I will continue and do my best to impart some sound into it.
    Garry.
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    Update on Kasha braced tenor.

    Took the neck off today to give the body a final sand and a couple of coats of shellac. Coming up nicely. Using dewaxed white shellac which keeps the wood looking natural. Will finish with a light...
  8. Thanks Chuck.

    6473264733Thanks Chuck. I appreciate your tip on thickness. I have not decided what bracing to use on the soprano. This is my first one. I have been building tenors and concert sizes. I include some...
  9. Thanks Matt. I had a look at the site. Great...

    Thanks Matt. I had a look at the site. Great looking Ukes.
  10. Thanks for the feedback to all. The piece I am...

    Thanks for the feedback to all. The piece I am using sounds OK on tap test so am looking forward to hearing it when finished.
    Thanks again everyone.
  11. has anyone used mango for a soprano top?

    Has anyone used mango for a soprano top? I have started a soprano using left over bits in my wood offcuts and have found some tiger myrtle for the back and sides and some mango for the top. I am...
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    Koa is great

    64631I am grateful for the feedback. more where this on came from my crazy mind. Black heart sassafras is a really great looking wood. I have made some ukes out of Koa. they are also truly beautiful.
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    Thanks for the compliment. It is great to get...

    Thanks for the compliment. It is great to get some positive feedback.
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    Top is bearclaw Sitka. sides and back, blackheart...

    Top is bearclaw Sitka. sides and back, blackheart sassafras, fretboard is She oak. neck is Queensland maple with butt maple veneers on headstock. Inlays are abalone . Bridge is rosewood with Koa...
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    Kash braced uke almost done.

    Bolted the neck on and could not wait to sting it up. Used Koaloa gold strings. Sounds very bright with clear tone and moderate sustain. I thought the bracing was going too be a little on the light...
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    What fabulous instrument. the mango is not easy...

    What fabulous instrument. the mango is not easy to work with. Sensational work.
    Something to aspire to in my efforts to make more firewood and sawdust.
    Regards
    Garry Petrisic.
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    I too build for fun. Keep at it the way that...

    I too build for fun. Keep at it the way that gives you most enjoyment. Some of the wood I use with crazy curly grain does not like being planed at all and presents many problems.
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    Why? Seems like you are not using resources that...

    Why? Seems like you are not using resources that will ease the pain in your back. Nothing wrong with sand paper. You can always use scrapers to finish when you are done with the paper.
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    Still too humid and wet here to continue. Next...

    Still too humid and wet here to continue. Next step is glue on the bridge. Because my ukes do not have a sound hole, it is necessary to do things a little differently.
    I will get around to it in the...
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    Fretboard is She oak. I have used it before. A...

    Fretboard is She oak. I have used it before. A little soft but looks great when finished. very humid here at present. Not doing any gluing on bridge or back until the humidity goes down to around 40.
  21. You need to scrape off all the old glue and get...

    You need to scrape off all the old glue and get down to bare wood. Get rid of the paint as well. I think it is tacky due to the glue they used dissolving the paint and reacting with it. I have never...
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    Thanks for the praise. I am coming to Honolulu in...

    Thanks for the praise. I am coming to Honolulu in June for a couple of days and then on to Maui for a week. I hope to meet up with a few builders while I am there.
    Keep you informed on the tone. I...
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    New Modified Kasha braced Tenor.

    6391663915Saw some of Eric De Vine's ukes on the net and have been in touch with him. He makes great ukes. I am progressing my new tenor with bracing loosely after his design. Bear claw spruce top....
  24. looks like my workshop on a good day. Mahalo....

    looks like my workshop on a good day.
    Mahalo.
    Garry
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    My workshop is very basic and I do most of the...

    My workshop is very basic and I do most of the build by hand. I used to plane the wood down and then scrape and sand it to thickness. I have however moved on from there and now have a drum sander as...
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