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Steve in Kent
08-04-2016, 08:20 AM
Would anyone be able to point me in the right direction to source a cedar, mahogany, or spruce blank to repair the top of a tenor ukulele please?

I'm based in the UK, which obviously makes it a reduced catchment area.

Steve

cml
08-04-2016, 11:46 AM
No clue mate, I tried sourcing intstrument wood and supplies first locally, which failed spectaculary. I then tried Europe with little success. In the end I gave in and ordered from the states, seems they have a LOT more stuff there. I can really recommend adirondacktonewood.com, they have a lot of stuff and they were super helpful and nice in my communications with them =).
But maybe the shipping will be too much if you're only ordering one top...

Michael N.
08-04-2016, 01:59 PM
Serious? You couldn't have tried very hard. Europe is full of tonewood suppliers. I have plenty of Spruce but not the other two, at least not in soundboards.

Booli
08-04-2016, 02:29 PM
Maybe one of the two very highly esteemed UK luthiers, Ken Timms (Timbuck) or Pete Howlett would be willing to share any sources that they know of?

They are both active in this section of the forum, but maybe they have not seen this thread yet...

cml
08-04-2016, 09:11 PM
Serious? You couldn't have tried very hard. Europe is full of tonewood suppliers. I have plenty of Spruce but not the other two, at least not in soundboards.
Yes seriously! I might not have put hours into it, but the ones I found with a decent website where you can see what you buy either didn't ship outside the UK or had very high prices. But I'll gladly admit I probably missed a lot of great places, I was tired and did this at 1am...

Michael N.
08-04-2016, 09:51 PM
Yes seriously! I might not have put hours into it, but the ones I found with a decent website where you can see what you buy either didn't ship outside the UK or had very high prices. But I'll gladly admit I probably missed a lot of great places, I was tired and did this at 1am...

Not many will photograph what they actually have i.e. each individual piece. They don't do that for more expensive guitar wood. I guess it's probably not worth their time taking a picture and then putting it on a website. The smaller ones like David Dyke in the UK are very good at providing what you ask for though.

Steve in Kent
08-04-2016, 10:09 PM
No clue mate, I tried sourcing intstrument wood and supplies first locally, which failed spectaculary. I then tried Europe with little success. In the end I gave in and ordered from the states, seems they have a LOT more stuff there. I can really recommend adirondacktonewood.com, they have a lot of stuff and they were super helpful and nice in my communications with them =).
But maybe the shipping will be too much if you're only ordering one top...

I have asked about shipping, but their ukulele boards are .150" thick, how do you get them to 0.100"?

Steve in Kent
08-04-2016, 10:14 PM
Not many will photograph what they actually have i.e. each individual piece. They don't do that for more expensive guitar wood. I guess it's probably not worth their time taking a picture and then putting it on a website. The smaller ones like David Dyke in the UK are very good at providing what you ask for though.

I'll definitely ask David Dyke if he can supply what I think I need.

And then comes the post asking how I go about replacing the soundboard of a tenor ukulele.

cml
08-04-2016, 11:33 PM
I have asked about shipping, but their ukulele boards are .150" thick, how do you get them to 0.100"?
Since I dont have a huge drumsander like many here do, I called around to local fine carpenters and cabinet makers. 3rd try found me a fellow who will help me sand down all my sets and tops. :)

Timbuck
08-05-2016, 12:06 AM
I get most of my wood from eBay reclaimed stuff is quite easy to get if you search for old mahogany tables etc:..a good source for ebony is antique trays like this one here I could get a few fretboards out of this one plus loads of saddles and nuts. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ANTIQUE-EDWARDIAN-VINTAGE-EBONY-WOOD-OVAL-DRESSING-TABLE-TRAY-DESK-TIDY-/182222879148?hash=item2a6d5479ac:g:TUsAAOSw6btXTcB ~

Steve in Kent
08-05-2016, 12:45 AM
I see that most are in 2 pieces, is this the way to go, or can I ask for 1 piece?

I also see that it needs to be 1.5mm to 1.75mm so that is going to be interesting.

I might as well go for AAA grade as it's only the difference between 15 and 30, and the amount of time I'm going to spend repair it the cost of the wood pales into insignificance.

Timbuck
08-05-2016, 06:59 AM
I see that most are in 2 pieces, is this the way to go, or can I ask for 1 piece?

I also see that it needs to be 1.5mm to 1.75mm so that is going to be interesting.

I might as well go for AAA grade as it's only the difference between 15 and 30, and the amount of time I'm going to spend repair it the cost of the wood pales into insignificance.

For a Tenor 2 pieces ..joint them before sanding down.

Steve in Kent
08-05-2016, 08:33 PM
For a Tenor 2 pieces ..joint them before sanding down.

OK, thanks.

Now just got find someone who can sand them from 3.5mm to 1.5mm

As an aside, which would you guys use, Sitka or Aline Spruce?

Steve

Pete Howlett
08-07-2016, 12:53 PM
Why can't you be bothered to contact luthiers in the UK? Without being too impolite, do your homework mate and you may be surprised how easy it is to engage the services of a helpful luthier! Sadly I am closing the workshop for 3 months soon. Had you contacted me earlier as suggested at the front of this thread I may have been able to help you.....

Steve in Kent
08-07-2016, 10:58 PM
Why can't you be bothered to contact luthiers in the UK? Without being too impolite, do your homework mate and you may be surprised how easy it is to engage the services of a helpful luthier! Sadly I am closing the workshop for 3 months soon. Had you contacted me earlier as suggested at the front of this thread I may have been able to help you.....

Well, for one I assumed that it would be too expensive compared to the value of the ukulele, if it was a Kanile'a, or indeed one of your own, I would not have hesitated.

And two, as it's not my primary ukulele I thought it would be an experience to have a go myself.

It's only after having enquired and received the various responses that it's beginning to dawn on me that it is not as simple as it seems, although it would still be very interesting to try.

I can wait 3 months or more, it's probably been over 3 months since I played it last.

I have sent you a message using your contact page.

Steve