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John S
11-13-2011, 04:54 AM
I've been building guitars the past couple of years, and am now going to try my hand at a tenor ukulele. The body will be cocobolo and the top Sitka spruce. After looking at different plans I have some questions.

What thicknesses for the back, sides, and top have you found to work best for you? Will the woods that I will be using and the tenor size affect these numbers?

Is the bridge patch made of a hardwood (like a guitar) or a softwood, as I see that Hana Lima 'Ia sells spruce patches.

Any insights will be appreciated.

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John Shannon

Pete Howlett
11-13-2011, 05:26 AM
There have been long threads on this subject on this forum and although i'm sure people will chime in, you'd spend a profitable few hours reading through the many building threads that have been posted here.

11-13-2011, 07:27 AM
Cocobolo and Spruce ukes are great, and yes the woods and size will affect the numbers.

For a cocobolo tenor, I usually take the back and sides to .060 - .065
The numbers on the spruce vary a little more depending on the stiffness of the top and your bracing style (3 or 5 fans.) My spruce tops are usually between .070 - .075
I use a hardwood bridge plate...usually a thin piece of rosewood.

Good luck