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cigarfan
09-12-2013, 03:39 PM
This summer I was privileged to have the Kinnard Road Trip Uke (RTU) come to my place for a couple weeks. The RTU was topped with Engleman Spruce and EIR back and sides weighing in at just over 18 ounces (super lightweight). It was special in every way. I have been thinking about a Kinnard for myself ever since.

If your are thinking about having a uke made you should check John out on his website. (http://www.kinnardukes.com/)

I have been working with Kevin for the last week or so going over the specs and picking woods. Now it's game time! The build has begun in earnest. Hope you enjoy the journey.

Kinnard Series 3 Tenor Ukulele

Western Red Cedar top
Walnut back, sides and neck
Curly Koa binding (body, neck and headstock)
Ebony fretboard, bridge and headplate
13 frets to the body
Abalone rosette and purfling
Slotted headstock with Gotoh tuners

And today's pics:

The wood (some nice medullary rays in that Walnut)

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2535.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2537.jpeg

Kevin wrote the build sheet and John is checking it twice

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2483.jpeg

Slicing the top from the Cedar billet. Love those glasses!

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2516.jpeg

More to come. This is going to be fun!

cigarfan
09-12-2013, 03:39 PM
Thinning the top

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2521.jpeg

Planning for cutting the neck

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2540.jpeg

CTurner
09-19-2013, 03:25 AM
It's gonna be wonderful, Dennis. I'd like to be a fly on the wall, just watching John work on this. You'll love the walnut.

Ukejenny
09-19-2013, 05:18 AM
Very cool. The woods are beautiful.

dkcrown
09-19-2013, 06:39 AM
Progress is looking good Dennis. That is a nice looking slab of 8/4 walnut that John is taking the neck from.

Doc_J
09-19-2013, 06:47 AM
Great choices! The cedar top and walnut with a slotted head is an excellent choice. This should sound fantastic.
Thanks for documenting your build. Looking forward to the next update!

cigarfan
09-19-2013, 10:56 AM
Thanks folks! :)

I find a build journey absolutely fascinating. Glad to share it with you!

Some new new pics this week!

That is going to be one gorgeous neck and headstock! (also Walnut)

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2559.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2560.jpeg

cigarfan
09-19-2013, 10:56 AM
Bending the sides

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2541.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2545.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2547.jpeg

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Doc_J
09-19-2013, 12:54 PM
Thanks folks! :)

I find a build journey absolutely fascinating. Glad to share it with you!

Some new new pics this week!

That is going to be one gorgeous neck and headstock! (also Walnut)

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2559.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2560.jpeg

I agree!

Your neck and headstock will look wicked cool with that grain!

connor013
09-19-2013, 02:00 PM
Awesome pics for what will no doubt be an awesome uke. Congrats!

Keep those pics comin', please -- love to live vicariously through custom builds.

lauburu
09-19-2013, 06:23 PM
love to live vicariously through custom builds.
I seem to make very few mistakes during a vicarious build. It's got to be the way to go.
Miguel

cigarfan
09-20-2013, 12:38 AM
Awesome pics for what will no doubt be an awesome uke. Congrats!

Keep those pics comin', please -- love to live vicariously through custom builds.


I seem to make very few mistakes during a vicarious build. It's got to be the way to go.
Miguel

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/ROTFLOL.gif

sugengshi
09-22-2013, 06:09 PM
Great pictures of the ukulele making. My knowledge has increased. Mahalo nui loa!

cigarfan
09-28-2013, 04:55 AM
Here is another pictorial installment in my ukulele build with John Kinnard. A big shout out to Kevin Beddoe of Kinnard Ukes (Kevdog on the UU forum) who is providing the wonderful pictures. Enjoy!

We had a slight postal snafu with the paua abalone which paused the build briefly but we are back on track. The rosette and backstrip need to be in place before the box can be sealed up. Oh, that abalone looks awesome against the cedar and walnut.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_0011.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_0010.jpeg

cigarfan
09-28-2013, 04:55 AM
Here John is finishing the rosette and backstrip installation. Must have been a little warm in the shop that day!

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_0021.jpeg

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http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_0024.jpeg

cigarfan
09-28-2013, 04:56 AM
Neck has the truss rod slots cut and headstock ebony faceplate with MOP logo is together. Bracing on the top and back is next and then this box is ready to seal up.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_0025.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_0027.jpeg

cigarfan
09-28-2013, 04:57 AM
Looks like the top and back are braced and John is signing the inside of the top as is the custom of luthiers before they close up the box.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2595.jpeg

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cigarfan
09-28-2013, 04:57 AM
Cleaning up the excess glue on the back braces.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2602.jpeg

cigarfan
09-28-2013, 04:58 AM
The ebony fretboard is bound with the same curly koa used for the body. Here John surveys the base of the fretboard getting ready to position the paua abalone on the top bordering the fretboard. This will tie into the paua purfling around the top.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2609.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2613.jpeg

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UkeKiddinMe
09-28-2013, 05:10 AM
Excellent. That's a whole lotta fun to watch.

trowacat
09-28-2013, 04:40 PM
That's really neat! If I had all the tools available I would love to give myself a shot at building my own ukulele!

billten
09-29-2013, 02:08 AM
This is one of the most informative and interesting threads i have seen, i just can't wait to see the finished article. Such a craftsman, thanks for posting all these wonderful pictures...
Bill

cigarfan
09-29-2013, 06:09 AM
Excellent. That's a whole lotta fun to watch.


That's really neat! If I had all the tools available I would love to give myself a shot at building my own ukulele!


This is one of the most informative and interesting threads i have seen, i just can't wait to see the finished article. Such a craftsman, thanks for posting all these wonderful pictures...
Bill

Thanks everyone for following along. :)

Well trowacat, if you decide to give it a whirl be sure and post a build thread.

And Bill, like you I find the process intriguing. This is the first uke I've commissioned and I am learning new stuff with each picture update. Not to mention my sanity is maintained. I can't imagine seeing none of the progress with your first glance being arrival day when you open the case. I am happy to share the journey with you.

cigarfan
10-01-2013, 05:34 AM
Pics from this week.

The box is out of the mold and John is doing some sanding.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2618.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2619.jpeg

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cigarfan
10-01-2013, 05:35 AM
Look at the balance as it sits upright on the table. Amazing!

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2622.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2623.jpeg

End graft is in. Pretty sure that is curly koa.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2625.jpeg

Doc_J
10-01-2013, 05:39 AM
Wow. Your tenor body is really taking shape.

I'm always amazed how fast a master builder can do that.

More please :D

wendellfiddler
10-01-2013, 07:01 AM
Great thread. I'm looking forward to the grand finale!

Duk

billten
10-01-2013, 11:43 PM
And please, an audio clip too ;-)

Stompfrog
10-02-2013, 12:03 AM
Looks lovely!

Do the inlays down the centre of an instruments back have a specific name? A bit like and end graft but not... "Back graft"?! :)

Also... are "back grafts" glued in the full thickness of the back when joining the back plates or are they inlaid into previously joined plates?

cigarfan
10-03-2013, 02:13 AM
Looks lovely!

Do the inlays down the centre of an instruments back have a specific name? A bit like and end graft but not... "Back graft"?! :)

Also... are "back grafts" glued in the full thickness of the back when joining the back plates or are they inlaid into previously joined plates?

The inlay down the center of the back is called a "back strip" and it is installed after the two back halves are joined. In this case the inlay is paua abalone. This ukulele will have paua abalone purfling that will surround the top and the back as well.

Thanks for asking and following along! :)

cigarfan
10-03-2013, 08:27 AM
The binding and top/back purfling are in place and bound up to dry. I'm excited! Look at this man go!

This is where those special glasses come in handy.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2714.jpeg

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cigarfan
10-03-2013, 08:28 AM
http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2717.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2717a.jpeg

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cigarfan
10-03-2013, 08:29 AM
Just a glimpse of the color in that Western Red Cedar. Gonna' be special!

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2719b.jpeg

Doc_J
10-04-2013, 05:50 AM
http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2717a.jpeg

...

Great pictures Dennis!
I am still amazed at the precision on the details, like the intersection of the side purfiling and back stripe.

cigarfan
10-04-2013, 07:00 AM
Great pictures Dennis!
I am still amazed at the precision on the details, like the intersection of the side purfiling and back stripe.

Me too! I heard that John worked as a jeweler years ago. Explains the glasses but also the detail mindedness he works with.

cigarfan
10-06-2013, 06:39 AM
Binding/purfling on the body is shaved and sanded, fretboard markers are in place and the fretboard is radiused. Neck has been fitted and slots in the body cut out. Next step is binding and purfling around the headstock and the fretboard glued to the neck.

I love to watch a master at work!

The detail work on the body binding and purfling is phenomenal!

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2729.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2725.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2732.jpeg

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cigarfan
10-06-2013, 06:40 AM
What do you think about that end graft design?

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2733.jpeg

cigarfan
10-06-2013, 06:40 AM
John is laying out the MOP fret markers.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2722.jpg

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cigarfan
10-06-2013, 06:41 AM
http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2737.jpeg

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cigarfan
10-06-2013, 06:41 AM
John placing the fretboard on a straight jig used for shaping the fretboard radius (using double back tape). A very interesting process he uses to get the compound radius (12" at the nut to about 20" at the 14th fret. This radius makes playing barre chords more comfortable and facilitates playing up the neck.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2744.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2746.jpeg

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cigarfan
10-06-2013, 06:42 AM
http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2753.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2754.jpeg

cigarfan
10-06-2013, 06:42 AM
John uses fretboard guages to test the radius at different locations on the fretboard.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2755.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2756.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2758.jpeg

On to the headstock ...

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2761.jpeg

UkeKiddinMe
10-06-2013, 06:48 AM
Wow. Incredible pics.

mm stan
10-06-2013, 07:36 AM
Aloha Dennis,
Wow she is really a beauty..thank you for sharing...

CTurner
10-06-2013, 09:31 AM
And out of the sawdust everywhere, emerges a beautiful looking uke. The contrast of the pristine ebony makes the mouth water. : )

cigarfan
10-06-2013, 12:20 PM
Thanks Frank & Stan & Craig. Stay tuned as there are still a surprise or 2 in store on this one.

@Craig: How is your Kinnard doing. I am so looking forward to playing and hearing mine. Yours getting some playing time with all those quality instruments at your place? Curious if it is changing at all?

Doc_J
10-06-2013, 01:04 PM
The skill that John has with his belt sander, is incomprehensible to me.

Looks like he used it for many complex and precise operations. How does he do that?

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2620.jpeg
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UkeKiddinMe
10-06-2013, 01:43 PM
You are very fortunate to have such a skilled builder in your area - one willing to share the whole process with you and us.

taylorcrazy
10-06-2013, 03:15 PM
Wow, Dennis. This little beauty is not even completed and it is obvious how special it is going to be. I'd be willing to be it sounds at least as good as it looks. Congratulations amigo!

Wendell

cigarfan
10-09-2013, 02:13 AM
Thanks for the compliments Wendell and Frank. I am glad you decided to follow along.

@Doc_J: You and me both! I can't imagine the skill involved in working over a belt sander by hand. It defies the imagination!

cigarfan
10-09-2013, 02:14 AM
To say the very least I am astounded at how quickly this ukulele is coming together! I know there are a few things still to do but the reality is, we are probably talking finished by the end of October! Amazing!

Kevin calls it getting down to the nitty gritty. I call it sleepless nights.

Progress has the headstock bound with curly Koa and abalone. The fingerboard has fret wire installed but not finalized yet. The carbon fiber rods are installed in the neck and the bushings have been installed in the headstock for the tuning machines. The uke is expected to be in the first part of finish (paste fill and fill coat) probably by Thursday or Friday this week!

A few more pics ...

The headstock is bound and carbon fiber rods pressed into the neck.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2769.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2768.jpeg

cigarfan
10-09-2013, 02:15 AM
The fretboard on the neck.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2771.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2767.jpeg

John checking the neck alignment.

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2775.jpeg

cigarfan
10-09-2013, 02:16 AM
The curly Koa end graft is looking schweeet!

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2777.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2780.jpeg

cigarfan
10-11-2013, 02:53 AM
Oh my goodness! Lookee what we got here! The neck is carved and John has sprayed the first of the fill coats. He sprays a couple of layers of 2 part poly varnish to soak into the pores of the wood. This is what you are seeing in these pictures. Just look at the colors in the wood begin to "Pop"!

The next step is to paste fill the entire body and neck and let that cure before starting the process of building up the finish coats. In that process, as the coats are built up, they are leveled and ultimately wet sanded and buffed to the final high gloss sheen.

Enjoy!

The top

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2789.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2790.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2794.jpeg

cigarfan
10-11-2013, 02:54 AM
The sides

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2783.jpeg

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http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2793.jpeg

cigarfan
10-11-2013, 02:54 AM
The back

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2785.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2786.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2787.jpeg

cigarfan
10-11-2013, 02:55 AM
And the neck

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2795.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2796.jpeg

CTurner
10-11-2013, 04:11 AM
I especially love the side-showing shots, really eye-catching with that binding!

fromthee2me
10-11-2013, 05:54 AM
I like the shirt of Mr Kinnard. A very skillfull man !

dkcrown
10-11-2013, 07:44 AM
Looking great Dennis. Having had the Road Trip uke in your possession for awhile, you know what a great job John does on the finishing.

I have a question about the abalone on the cedar soundboard around the base of the fingerboard. Was this something that you specified or did John recommend it? I don't think I have ever seen this detail on a uke before.

Bumgardner
10-11-2013, 04:16 PM
That looks fantastic. I have really enjoyed watching the progress on your uke. I can't wait for them to get started on mine. Hopefully sometime next week I will start posting some progress pics of mine.

pcspud
10-11-2013, 04:29 PM
The end is nearing, you must be getting excited!!!!. Mmmmmm i wonder if he sells to Australia :)

cigarfan
10-12-2013, 02:08 AM
Looking great Dennis. Having had the Road Trip uke in your possession for awhile, you know what a great job John does on the finishing.

I have a question about the abalone on the cedar soundboard around the base of the fingerboard. Was this something that you specified or did John recommend it? I don't think I have ever seen this detail on a uke before.

As we worked the build sheet I requested the purfling on the top, back and rosette include abalone. I had the option to include a backstrip (in abalone) at no additional cost. I assumed that meant purfling on the top would be around the edge. I was as surprised as you to see it added around the fretboard extension. I've never seen it on a uke either but I like it! Kinda like the blinged out Martin 45s.

cigarfan
10-12-2013, 02:16 AM
That looks fantastic. I have really enjoyed watching the progress on your uke. I can't wait for them to get started on mine. Hopefully sometime next week I will start posting some progress pics of mine.

Congrats on your build! John builds an awesome uke. Light as a feather and sound fantastic. And they look goood!


The end is nearing, you must be getting excited!!!!. Mmmmmm i wonder if he sells to Australia :)

That's a good question. Kevin would know (Kevin@KinnardUkes.com).

And I am beyond excited. Sleeping has become a challenge.

BigMamaJ40
10-13-2013, 09:04 AM
The koa binding and blue paua make a breathtaking duo. I have a walnut and western red cedar lap dulcimer. I have always thought the two woods were meant for each other, but I have only personally heard the combination on dulcimers and a friend's fantastic 12-string. Can't wait to hear the finished ukulele!

cigarfan
10-14-2013, 04:12 PM
The koa binding and blue paua make a breathtaking duo. I have a walnut and western red cedar lap dulcimer. I have always thought the two woods were meant for each other, but I have only personally heard the combination on dulcimers and a friend's fantastic 12-string. Can't wait to hear the finished ukulele!

Thanks BigMama. I agree about the cedar and walnut. I have six-string guitar with that combo and love it.

cigarfan
10-14-2013, 04:12 PM
Fill coats are done and the first two coats of finish are on the body and neck. There will eventually be 10 or so thin coats to really bring out the depth in the wood and the luster of the finish. As Kevin said in his email tonight, "This thing is "off the charts" beautiful!"

But let's let the pictures do the talkin' ...

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2855.jpeg

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cigarfan
10-14-2013, 04:14 PM
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cigarfan
10-14-2013, 04:14 PM
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Nebs
10-15-2013, 04:22 PM
It's coming along beautifully. I'm loving the gloss and the blue paua against the cedar is stunning. I really hope you're planning to post tons of photos and a sound sample when it's finished and in your arms. :) Looking forward to more updates. :D

Hammond
10-15-2013, 04:53 PM
It is looking beautiful!!

cigarfan
10-27-2013, 03:06 AM
Thanks Nebs and Hammond. Appreciate the kind words.

Not the most exciting part of the process but ...

The final coats have been applied and now the process of buffing out the finish to a high gloss. This step takes a lot of time and really makes a difference in the final finish. Prior to this step the body and neck were sprayed and leveled, then sprayed and wet sanded and sprayed some more. There is a balance between protecting the instrument and minimizing the effect the finish has on the tone and volume. Too much finish can effect the tone and volume and too little finish can leave the instrument vulnerable to the elements and handling. Finding that "balance" is where over 40 years of experience really comes into play …

And the neck is being glued up in the last two pictures. On Monday the bridge will be glued on and will sit overnight. The Gotoh tuning machines shipped last Thursday and should arrive by mid-week. At that point the uke will be strung up and final set up takes place. It may be ready to ship by the end of the week.

I may be playing this beautiful ukulele by the first week in November. WooHoo!

Removing the spraying handle

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2882.jpeg

Buffing the body and neck

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2885.jpeg

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cigarfan
10-27-2013, 03:08 AM
Gluing up the neck

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2890.jpeg

http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/IMG_2891.jpeg

billten
10-27-2013, 05:41 AM
It looks incredible, i think the kinnard headstock looks particularly nice with a slotted tuner. Maybe its the square shape but wow, this is so cool...
Bill

taylorcrazy
10-27-2013, 05:46 AM
Stunningly beautiful, Dennis. You are, however, killing me! My wallet keeps screaming, "No! NO! Turn away from the evil photos!"
Still...can't wait to see the finished uke and perhaps even hear a sound bite! This is a top shelf uke if there ever was one.

cigarfan
10-31-2013, 08:50 AM
Thanks Bill and Wendell. Very nice of you to say.

The uke is finished and should ship tomorrow. I have the final build shots and glamour shots which I'll post later tonight along with a sound clip Kevin recorded. Sounds awesome at less than 24 hours with strings! I see a couple sick days from work in my future. ;)

cigarfan
10-31-2013, 12:49 PM
The last couple tasks are done and John has applied his magical finishing touches. If all goes according to plan, KinnardUkes.com will be shipping this gorgeous instrument to the right coast tomorrow!

Kevin recorded this soundclip (http://home.comcast.net/~dglair/pwpimages/Kinnard-Walnut-Cedar.mp3) you can listen to while you browse these last few pictures.

The finish is removed for the bridge so that the glue joint is unfinished wood on unfinished wood. This provides for the strongest glue joint between the bridge and the top plate possible. A tenor uke has ~39 lbs of tension on the strings between the nut and the bridge. By comparison, a steel string guitar has ~185 lbs of tension.

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Then the bridge is glued and clamped overnight to dry

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cigarfan
10-31-2013, 12:49 PM
Time to add the tuning machines and set up the uke

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cigarfan
10-31-2013, 12:50 PM
The nut is placed

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The first string

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cigarfan
10-31-2013, 12:50 PM
Then the process of adjusting the action

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cigarfan
10-31-2013, 12:51 PM
Then the rest of the strings

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cigarfan
10-31-2013, 12:51 PM
Final shaping of the nut

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Time to tune it up!

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cigarfan
10-31-2013, 12:52 PM
John and the finished product

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The man, his uke and his glasses!

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cigarfan
10-31-2013, 12:52 PM
The Glamour Shots

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cigarfan
10-31-2013, 12:53 PM
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cigarfan
10-31-2013, 12:54 PM
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cigarfan
10-31-2013, 12:56 PM
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cigarfan
10-31-2013, 12:56 PM
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NUD is coming!

bigphil
10-31-2013, 01:41 PM
Looks and sounds absolutely beautiful! I'Ve enjoyed watching the build and have picked up insight for my own first build that is in process. If these posts were done as the uke was built, then I'm also amazed at how fast the build went. Again, amazing work!

cigarfan
10-31-2013, 02:10 PM
Looks and sounds absolutely beautiful! I'Ve enjoyed watching the build and have picked up insight for my own first build that is in process. If these posts were done as the uke was built, then I'm also amazed at how fast the build went. Again, amazing work!

Thank you Phil. Glad you followed along. It was indeed posted as it was built. And Kevin told me it took longer than normal because of the slotted headstock and extra bling. Sure seemed lightning fast to me. I can scarcely believe it will be here next week.

billten
10-31-2013, 02:12 PM
Honestly my favorite thread of this forum so far. Truly a masterpiece, thank you for sharing the journey and the capper was that amazing sound sample. I put it on an scrolled through all the pix, wow, just wow. Thanks so much and enjoy that wonderful instrument...
Bill

dkcrown
10-31-2013, 02:37 PM
Looks great Dennis! And Kevin and John.

Doc_J
10-31-2013, 02:37 PM
Congratulations Dennis! Your new Kinnard is truly awesome!

Wow!

taylorcrazy
10-31-2013, 03:36 PM
One of the most beautiful instruments of any kind I have ever send. Heartbreakingly gorgeous looks and tone! Congratulations Dennis, outstanding!

Wendell

Nebs
10-31-2013, 07:33 PM
Both the sound and end product are amazing—much more than amazing. I never seriously considered cedar on any uke I'll ever own, but watching the build and hearing the sound sample may have changed my mind. I'm so excited for you. I hope you also plan on posting a sound sample of your own. You can never have too many sound samples.

lauburu
10-31-2013, 08:16 PM
Beautiful instrument and a beautiful tone to match. Thanks for letting us all share the journey.
Miguel

dalamaricus
11-01-2013, 01:20 AM
Thanks to you (and John/Kevin of course) for letting us all see the build in real time--taking and posting all the photos is a lot of work. And congrats on getting such a great uke!

cigarfan
11-01-2013, 01:45 AM
Honestly my favorite thread of this forum so far. Truly a masterpiece, thank you for sharing the journey and the capper was that amazing sound sample. I put it on an scrolled through all the pix, wow, just wow. Thanks so much and enjoy that wonderful instrument...
Bill

I am truly glad you decided to follow along Bill. Nothing like a well documented build thread with coffee in the morning. Heck with the paper ... nothin' but bad news anyway.


Looks great Dennis! And Kevin and John.

Thanks dkcrown. Appreciate you hangin' in here and watching.


Congratulations Dennis! Your new Kinnard is truly awesome!

Wow!

Thanks Doc. I thinks yours is pretty nice as well. Do you like the all-mahogany? I'm starting to plan for my next Kinnard (if I can ever get back on their build schedule). Maybe a Concert this time.


One of the most beautiful instruments of any kind I have ever send. Heartbreakingly gorgeous looks and tone! Congratulations Dennis, outstanding!

Wendell

Thanks very much Wendell. I have thoroughly enjoyed the ride and now I get to snuggle up with this wonderful little ukulele. Congrats on your commission! I'll be watching for the thread on that one!


Both the sound and end product are amazing—much more than amazing. I never seriously considered cedar on any uke I'll ever own, but watching the build and hearing the sound sample may have changed my mind. I'm so excited for you. I hope you also plan on posting a sound sample of your own. You can never have too many sound samples.

Thank you Nebs. I've been a guitar player for years and, to my ear, one of the best sounding wood combos is cedar/walnut or redwood/walnut. I've never seen this combo in a uke before either but wanted to give it a shot.


Beautiful instrument and a beautiful tone to match. Thanks for letting us all share the journey.
Miguel

Thanks Miguel. I am happy you enjoyed watching. I love build threads. Always learn a lot along the way. Have to say though, I've never seen anyone build with 5x glasses before now!

cigarfan
11-01-2013, 02:14 AM
Thanks to you (and John/Kevin of course) for letting us all see the build in real time--taking and posting all the photos is a lot of work. And congrats on getting such a great uke!

I'm glad you enjoyed watching dalamaricus and thanks for the kind words. I am so looking forward to getting my hands on this little beauty.

CTurner
11-01-2013, 05:50 AM
Best wishes on your new uke, Dennis. It's a very special instrument. The headstock is amazingly gorgeous and Kevin's sound clip is so nice.

janthony1
11-01-2013, 06:45 AM
Stunning in looks and sound. Truly a work of art.

Doc_J
11-01-2013, 01:11 PM
Do you like the all-mahogany? I'm starting to plan for my next Kinnard (if I can ever get back on their build schedule). Maybe a Concert this time.


Dennis, I do like my all mahogany sunburst Kinnard tenor. It is velvet smooth and warm in tone, and gorgeous - exactly what I wanted. So, yes I would recommend an all mahogany. Lucky me, I was also able to acquire a koa body Kinnard tenor, with the RTU style bracing. It has that same wonderfully tone, with some brighter treble, but it is still opening up slowly. Both sound great ,but I favor the mahogany.

cigarfan
11-01-2013, 03:25 PM
Best wishes on your new uke, Dennis. It's a very special instrument. The headstock is amazingly gorgeous and Kevin's sound clip is so nice.

Thanks Craig. I have a way to go before my skill level gets to the point that I can do this magnificent instrument justice but I'm working hard on it. You know just how special John's ukes are. I'm thinking one of his concert size may be in my future.


Stunning in looks and sound. Truly a work of art.

Thanks janthony1. I agree ... John's ukes are definitely works of art.

cigarfan
11-01-2013, 03:32 PM
Dennis, I do like my all mahogany sunburst Kinnard tenor. It is velvet smooth and warm in tone, and gorgeous - exactly what I wanted. So, yes I would recommend an all mahogany. Lucky me, I was also able to acquire a koa body Kinnard tenor, with the RTU style bracing. It has that same wonderfully tone, with some brighter treble, but it is still opening up slowly. Both sound great ,but I favor the mahogany.

I appreciate your response Hodge. I am seriously contemplating a concert size Kinnard. I like mahogany guitars but never owned an all-hog. I'm caught between a spruce/rosewood like the RTU or an all-hog. Decisions decisions.