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Timbuck
10-09-2011, 04:10 AM
I wasnt happy with a bridge I recently fitted..it was 1mm off the centre line of the fretboard.. not a lot! but the more I looked at it the worse it seemed to be..so in the end I decided to replace it.
And while I was at it I decided to take a few pictures of the method i used. just in case some new starters need to do the same one day.
First I masked off the area with some card material (cornflake box will do quite well) and then I sliced off the old bridge with a Stanley Fatmax Dowell saw.
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Bridge sawn off leaving about 1mm of material still to remove
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Then with the aid of a biggish soldering iron I found at a "Car Boot sale" a few years ago I heated up one end of the remainder of the bridge material.
Now i'm carefully lifting up the heated end of the sliver with a 1/2"chisel I then proceed like this till it's all come away from the body.
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Ready for new Bridge.
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Doc_J
10-09-2011, 04:27 AM
Ken, did you use HHG on that bridge?

Timbuck
10-09-2011, 05:04 AM
Ken, did you use HHG on that bridge?
No it's Titebond.

Timbuck
10-09-2011, 05:05 AM
Now i've removed all the old bridge..removed the card masking and cleaned off all the old glue.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0044-1.jpg

Now i masked up the position of the new bridge making sure it's in the right place (this time)
(I made the new bridge slightly longer to cover up the footprint of the old position)
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0050-1.jpg

Now the New bridge is glued in place and clamped with my Acme special bridge clamp.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0052-1.jpg

And here we are job done all back in line.. No damage to the French Polish ...and I'll be able to sleep tonight.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0065.jpg

Pukulele Pete
10-09-2011, 05:29 AM
New one looks a little crooked to me. Just kidding. Beautiful Ukulele.

Dominator
10-09-2011, 08:16 AM
Great info Ken.

BTW, I wanted to send you a Private Message but your box is full. Can you clear some room or is there an email I can use to contact you off-board?

Timbuck
10-09-2011, 08:53 AM
Great info Ken.

BTW, I wanted to send you a Private Message but your box is full.
I wondered why no one was talking to me? :o..it is now done.

ksquine
10-09-2011, 10:00 AM
As always....you make mahogany look so good!!

Timbuck
10-09-2011, 10:18 AM
As always....you make mahogany look so good!!
I have to confess :o it's not me that puts on the finish ........ thats done by Mrs Timbuck :love::bowdown:

Pete Howlett
10-09-2011, 11:16 AM
Ken
If you are not going to use locating pins Frank Ford's suggestion of creating a 'field' with several pieces of tape is another good idea. BTW I've seen one of your ukes recently going the same way as one of mine - being played so much they are now down to bare wood! Mine had the entire finish played off it and what was once a blonde koa uke was almost black with sweat and grime - I didn't want to touch it - yuk!!!

Liam Ryan
10-09-2011, 02:37 PM
That's some very clean and tidy work there Ken. No mucking around either, it looks like you got the job knocked over pretty quick too. nice.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-09-2011, 03:08 PM
Relocating a bridge because it's 1 mm off center? Really! I'm hoping there's more to the story you aren't telling.

Timbuck
10-09-2011, 09:59 PM
Relocating a bridge because it's 1 mm off center? Really! I'm hoping there's more to the story you aren't telling.If you look closely at the the sawn off bridge piece..you can see that the string slots are off centre..that was the problem.. it only needed to be moved across a bit and all would be well..I had to do :( it co's I was so annoyed with myself for not spotting it before i glued it..and I know that some nit picker would have spotted it also (at a later date) and started a UU thread about it.:D

Timbuck
10-10-2011, 02:37 AM
Thats it!!..I'm taking a few days off..I'm getting paranoid or something :old:...I just fitted a neck to my next Uke..and looking at the joint I noticed a 10 thou gap :eek: in the dovetail..I know its in a place that wont effect the strength of the joint and nobody will ever see it...but it's upsetting me :(
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0070-1.jpg

Sven
10-10-2011, 02:39 AM
It's upsetting the hell out of me too. Burn it!

Timbuck
10-10-2011, 03:48 AM
It's upsetting the hell out of me too. Burn it!
Sven!... Does your Boss know you're on this Forum?.. when you should be working...I bet you fiddle your expenses as well.:nana:

drfrancov
10-10-2011, 03:49 AM
Or better yet, send it to me...I will burn it for you:D...It looks great my friend!...BTW, what finish does your wife apply to your ukuleles? I assume some oil/varnish mix? Your own formula or store bought? Any chance she could post the procedure or technique she follows.

Thanks in advance!

dhoenisch
10-10-2011, 04:24 AM
Ken, if I could afford it, I would absolutely buy one of your ukes. You are such a perfectionist that your builds seem worth way more than every penny these ukes cost. I've always wanted a Martin soprano, but now I think my goal is to save up and purchase one of yours instead.

Dan

Timbuck
10-10-2011, 05:26 AM
Or better yet, send it to me...I will burn it for you:D...It looks great my friend!...BTW, what finish does your wife apply to your ukuleles? I assume some oil/varnish mix? Your own formula or store bought? Any chance she could post the procedure or technique she follows.

Thanks in advance!
It's store bought Colron Peruvian mahogany wood dye...with loads of repetative coats of Button shellac applied..and a lot of fine sanding and polishing Etc: no Secrets.

new wave ukulele
10-10-2011, 05:37 AM
I gave it a try... I think I did something wrong...

buddhuu
10-10-2011, 09:09 AM
:rofl: !

Liam Ryan
10-10-2011, 10:48 AM
Hey Ken, I know a bloke who could probably help you out with those repairs:p

hmgberg
10-11-2011, 04:05 AM
If you look closely at the the sawn off bridge piece..you can see that the string slots are off centre..that was the problem.. it only needed to be moved across a bit and all would be well..I had to do :( it co's I was so annoyed with myself for not spotting it before i glued it..and I know that some nit picker would have spotted it also (at a later date) and started a UU thread about it.:D


Thread posted! http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?54335-Ken-Timms-Loses-His-Mind