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OhioBelle
02-11-2018, 06:46 AM
I was nervous, but I drilled a hole in my new Larrivee

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A beautiful ivoroid strap button with white leather washer from Iluak.com

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And a lovely new Chee Maisel strap from HMS. Now my fretting hand is free to do what a fretting hand must do, versus supporting the neck. A side benefit is the extra resonance gained from not having to grip the uke body for dear life! Me = ;)

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DownUpDave
02-11-2018, 06:55 AM
Very pretty, that white button looks great as does the black and siver strap. Did you install a button on the heel of the neck or do you tie off to the headstock?

OhioBelle
02-11-2018, 07:25 AM
Thanks, Dave! I hoped the pattern on the strap would compliment the etched pattern on the tuner buttons, and it does. Headstock tie-off is my method. I did purchase a second button, but I think I'll install it on the Kala tenor. Headstock ties don't bother me, and the Chee Maisel comes with a grippy black suede tie that looks nice.

besley
02-11-2018, 07:31 AM
What a disappointment! When I read "Dremel" I expect to see photos of some fancy shaped sound port, not just a strap button! :D

OhioBelle
02-11-2018, 07:52 AM
What a disappointment! When I read "Dremel" I expect to see photos of some fancy shaped sound port, not just a strap button! :D

Hmmm... perhaps I should buy a cheap uke and practice!

bsfloyd
02-11-2018, 09:37 AM
That looks great, OhioBelle! This is the first I've heard of Iluak.com. I normally get my bone pins, strap buttons, saddles, nuts, and picks from Bob Colosi. I will need to visit Iluak.

M3Ukulele
02-11-2018, 12:06 PM
Nice job. I’m in the throws of putting a strap button on my Tiny Tenor. I’m going to visit this site looks good. Can you post picture of head stock tie for your strap. I’m thinking for TT I will att to headstock. Strap I picked is 1” wide so pretty small. TT is pretty small bi was disappointed that the leather strap end on my new strap broke away. Now I’m experimenting with a quick release and Velcro at head stock. Curious to see your ties. My Levi’s strap came with a black shoe lace which did nothing for me. Nice job. And nice ukulele

OhioBelle
02-11-2018, 01:54 PM
bsfloyd, thank you! I've ordered from Bob Colosi for guitar bridge pins before. Very nice vintage bone. I decided I liked the more formal look of the Iluak ivoroid for this uke.

M3Ukulele, thanks for the compliment! I understand being "in the throws." It took some thinking for me to actually do it. Now I have no regrets! Good luck finding what works for your TT!

The tie on this Chee Maisel strap is not much more than a shoelace itself. Just not as long, and made of very soft suede leather. Here's a pic, and also of the soft leather pad that feels very comfortable on the shoulder. The hardware is plastic with rounded edges, so I'm not concerned it will scratch my uke like metal hardware might.

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Joe King
02-11-2018, 05:35 PM
Good for you! Looks great too.

What diameter hole did you have to drill? It looks wider than the typical 1/8" hole required for most strap buttons or end-pins.

OhioBelle
02-11-2018, 09:04 PM
Good for you! Looks great too.

What diameter hole did you have to drill? It looks wider than the typical 1/8" hole required for most strap buttons or end-pins.

Thanks, Joe! That hole is 1/8 inch. :)

Croaky Keith
02-11-2018, 11:17 PM
Congrats on drilling your first hole into your ukes! ;)
(Yes, it can be nervy doing the first one.) :)



What diameter hole did you have to drill?

When I do mine, I use a 2mm drill in a pin vise.

OhioBelle
02-12-2018, 01:36 AM
When I do mine, I use a 2mm drill in a pin vise.

I first drilled 1/32" to make a pilot hole for the tip of the 1/8" bit. The Iluak pin has an embedded screw without an exposed head,so the instructions advised a 1/8" hole, followed by the included tapping tool to pre-thread that hole. Worked like a charm!

Croaky Keith
02-12-2018, 02:30 AM
Best to follow instructions, if given. :)

UkerDanno
02-12-2018, 03:09 AM
What a disappointment! When I read "Dremel" I expect to see photos of some fancy shaped sound port, not just a strap button! :D

:biglaugh: that's what I was thinking! Also, thinking...really you're cutting a side port in a Larrivee?!?!?! :D

UkerDanno
02-12-2018, 03:19 AM
I first drilled 1/32" to make a pilot hole for the tip of the 1/8" bit. The Iluak pin has an embedded screw without an exposed head,so the instructions advised a 1/8" hole, followed by the included tapping tool to pre-thread that hole. Worked like a charm!

That must be a big screw! No wonder you were nervous! I use a 3/32" bit...but, yes, it's always good to follow instructions!

I got snakewoood buttons from Stew-Mac, they're nice. And, koa bridge pins from Kanile'a...:shaka:
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Nickie
02-13-2018, 04:25 PM
Good job. Did Fiero watch?

OhioBelle
02-14-2018, 01:43 AM
Oh yes, Nickie, Fiero not only watched, but helped the whole way. You know how they are! :)

Danno, I have a couple of those Stew Mac snakewood buttons, too. Very pretty! One is installed on the Martin S1, the other is probably going on the Mainland Baritone. The snakewood was the first button I ever installed. I used a pin vise and it's slightly off center. The bit "walked" a little because I had to use too much pressure to start the hole. Barely noticeable but it bothers me. I guess there's not enough torque in my hand, LOL!

Using my big drill on the Larrivee really terrified me, so I bought the Dremel. It has infinitely variable speeds, so I could go really slow at first. And it came with a light attachment! So I had a good view of the precise spot to drill (which I measured and checked about 20 times!).

Now I'm walking around the house, wondering what else I can drill into! Probably NOT side sound ports, ha ha! :)

UkerDanno
02-14-2018, 04:10 AM
^^^ I know what you mean, I'm picky and very careful to center punch the exact spot and drill carefully. I know a couple people who install buttons at meetings, makes me very nervous, I don't even want to watch! :biglaugh::shaka:

Croaky Keith
02-14-2018, 04:28 AM
Just make sure there's an end block, otherwise, nothing to it! ;)

OhioBelle
02-14-2018, 03:32 PM
Just make sure there's an end block, otherwise, nothing to it! ;)

Especially if the cat helps you!

Joe King
02-14-2018, 05:39 PM
Thanks, Joe! That hole is 1/8 inch. :)

Ok. Great. Thanks for the confirmation. Hard to judge size in photos here on UU sometimes.


...Now I'm walking around the house, wondering what else I can drill into! Probably NOT side sound ports, ha ha! :)

Yeah, it's funny how that works. Having a new toy, er um TOOL, can get you inspired along the lines of the phrase:

"Having a 'solution', and looking for a problem"

I prefer using my dremel to drill holes for small jobs compared to using a big drill as the dremel is easier to control due to being smaller and light weight in the hand compared to a drill.

When I mark a hole, I usually take one of those small 'precision' screwdrivers with a ~3mm shaft that has a tiny phillips-head tip, and use that to either make a small point from pressing it in hard, or by pressing and rotating it a few times to create more of a ~2mm deep countersunk hole, and this works well if I am going to use a 1/8" drill bit, since 1/8" is ~3.5mm, so it works well without anything skipping or wandering when I want to drill, especially if into wood.

Croaky Keith
02-14-2018, 11:22 PM
Especially if the cat helps you!

Yep, the 'boss' has to keep an eye on you. :)