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jcalkin
09-05-2011, 12:50 PM
Hi all---I added a detailed instrument build to my website today. Alas, it's a guitar and not a uke, but I'm working on a uke companion piece. If you're curious, please go to www.jcalkinguitars.net and look for Mark's Guitar Parts 1 & 2. Be well.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
09-05-2011, 02:50 PM
Very nice John. Covers most of the important procedures. Interesting, your brace clamping system instead of using a go-deck. I like the spreader you're using in the cutaway mold. What did you use for the bushing guides in you slotted headstock jig? Once the jig is in place are you drilling them by hand or on a drill press? I too enjoy the process of purfling with abalone; I use solid shell however. I think many of the production shops are using Zipflex. Now that stuff is pricey! Colors are a little too artificial looking for me but it sure lays up quickly.
Nice job on the web site update.

jcalkin
09-05-2011, 03:10 PM
Thanks Chuck. The bushing are hardened drill bushings from MSC. The holes are drilled with a hand drill (electric) and there is never a problem as long as the jig is clamped tightly. The jig for the slot indexes off the side holes. I've used solid abalone. I have no preference as long as the stuff is pretty enough. I've used Zipflex on exactly one guitar. It saves huge amounts of time, but it's time I enjoy too much to surrender. On the other hand, I built three go-decks and disliked them a lot, so I abandoned them long ago. I built the brace clamping fixtures when I took over that part of the work at H&D and took down the vacuum rig. If I'd known they would still be in use 13 years later I would have made them prettier.

Flyfish57
09-05-2011, 03:25 PM
Nice work John. Sorry to see there wasn't a part three!

Michael Smith
09-05-2011, 09:49 PM
You work looks beautiful.

You're website has many display problems in Safari.

jcalkin
09-06-2011, 03:41 PM
Thanks, Flyfish57. Thanks to you, too, Michael. My website is strictly a DIY project. I don't even know what Safari is. Sorry you couldn't enjoy it as much as you might have.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
09-06-2011, 04:03 PM
Maybe it's because I live in the jungle but it looked and worked fine in my safari browser.