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Pete Howlett
10-19-2009, 12:05 PM
Oil grain fill, 2 coats of shellac, 3 coats of sealer, 6 coats of clear sanding flat between coats 3 and 4.... and now for a well deserved rest...


http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/ukulele_pete/3Tenors.jpg

cornfedgroove
10-19-2009, 01:03 PM
sweeeeeeeeet mama!

dave g
10-19-2009, 02:35 PM
Beautiful! (Finishing is my weak spot...)

Steiner
10-19-2009, 02:46 PM
How long does that finish take, including all the curing and sanding between coats? I love that gloss look.

Thanks

Ukeffect
10-19-2009, 04:22 PM
Pete, you always amaze me! Examples like this show why you do some of the finest work in the industry...and can match apples to apples against any other builder !
:bowdown:

Sigmund
10-20-2009, 01:42 AM
Right purdy.

Matt Clara
10-20-2009, 02:50 AM
They look fantastic. You have a sprayer system, I take it?

Pete Howlett
10-20-2009, 09:17 AM
It takes 5 days. I have a 'super-shed'. It's dry lined, 5x3 with extraction. However finishing is very hard for me to do. I am still trying to get my grain filling regimen right. For these beauties, it all came together right. Today was pants trying to use a paste filler with Spanish Cedar which is like a sponge. More sanding and sealing tomorrow...

RevWill
10-20-2009, 10:06 AM
My heavens, those are beautiful!

camface
10-20-2009, 10:49 AM
Might be a dumb question, but what are "Baubles"? Wikipedia said it is used to describe something as "a virtually worthless decorative object" and I doubt that is what you are going for with those ukes.

Pete Howlett
10-20-2009, 11:14 AM
Exactly... it's called irony, a very,very Britsh thing :D

camface
10-20-2009, 02:37 PM
Shoot I should have caught that. At least it makes more sense now! Those look great though!

Pete Howlett
10-20-2009, 09:41 PM
There's more but I cannot upload them because my computer has died...

Matt Clara
10-21-2009, 04:08 AM
There's more but I cannot upload them because my computer has died...

Well your telepathic uplink seems to be working fine. Try imagining them, and see what happens.

erich@muttcrew.net
10-22-2009, 12:03 PM
So, the British compliment would be: "Not bad" and the American would be "Awesome!"

And they certainly are, one way or the other ;)

Timbuck
10-22-2009, 12:32 PM
So, the British compliment would be: "Not bad" and the American would be "Awesome!"

And they certainly are, one way or the other ;)
And a Yorkshire equivelent would be "Aye lad! it'll do, it'll do"...(The more "It'll do's" denote the quality)

Pete Howlett
10-22-2009, 12:41 PM
More like - 'That the best you can do?' I'm afraid we are not a nation known for its positive praise ethic...

I've got 5 uklectic I'm going to photograph and even I think they are equally awesome - the magnificence of God's creation ever fills me with a sense of wonder and my smallness in this universe; what could be greater than the natural beauty of something that once gave shelter to the birds, oxygen to the planet and now, fllled, seasoned and crafted. the potential of beautiful music to give His creation further pleasure?

Now I know I can make this bold statement on this forum and at least 60% of the people who read it will understand this spiritual dimension to my work - I am doing it not for any praise of man (and yet I am touched than many of you, without seeing it 'in the wood' so to speak parise it) but to show the glory of God. How fortunate I am. It's also fortunate that what mainstream woodworkers consider junk I can use for my droptop uklectics :)

I'll try and get some shots when they are part way through the spraying cycle. They are either waiting for filler to dry or are just receiving some flash coats of sealer. The burrs are stabilised with epoxy filler, all other parts are paste filled.