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  1. ktuurna

    I can't post using my old account

    Same problem.
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    Why (or do you) would you have non-traditional (5 or 6) stringing for your uke?

    I have custom made 5 string gypsy jazz-styled ukulele made by French luthier Maurice Dupont. I bought it 2 years ago and it is my favorite instrument. I really its rich and loud sound. I like it becouse I can play lower with low g, but it still has traditional high g ukulele sound. I really...
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    Little break makes good!

    I have been building ukuleles since 2016. Last spring I graduated as a luthier from the Ikaalinen College of Arts and Crafts. And guess what? I haven't built one since. There are a couple of reasons for that. The conditions in my workshop are a bit too humid in the summer and I wanted to take a...
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    Ukulele Porn (post your uke pics here...)

    This one of my favorite. 5-string gypsy-style ukulele, spruce and rosewood, made by french luthier Maurice Dupont.
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    Ukulele Porn (post your uke pics here...)

    I know Juha and although he had been playing it to death, he is great luthier and he sure knows how to fix it.
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    Ebony fretboards

    I have bent ebony for bindings several times. It is not so difficult.
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    What's happening in your shed?

    Today I made arm bevel. I used nice walnut burl veneer that I will use in headstock too. This needs some fine-tuning, but I'm pretty happy with it.
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    Almost scientific research, but not

    This week I take four sopranos to our luthier school and try to research their differences by metering. I have one Martin S0 from -62, one diligently played Mexican made Martin S1 from 5 years ago, one Ken Timms cuban mahogany that I bought about year and half ago. For comparison I have also 3...
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    Double back ukulele

    German master luthier Tom Ziegenspeck has developed interesting construction. "This ukulele has a double back, which creates a tonal advantage. As a master plucking instrument maker, I can confirm that, especially with ukuleles, the back is an area which very little, if not at all, resonates...
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    What's happening in your shed?

    My new experimental side soundhole design.
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    What's happening in your shed?

    Today I finished these. Next side sound hole and arm bevel.
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    New tool of the day

    I don't have too much space in my workshop. Every time when I need my go bar deck I have to lift it to a different table and run around the table while I work. Not any more!
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    What's happening in your shed?

    Today I made jig for routing side sound hole and made one.
  14. ktuurna

    What's happening in your shed?

    Top is glued.
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    Useful tools

    I made this troji. It helps when scraping and sanding sides. and I found these dentist tools from flea market. Very useful for cleaning glue etc. Mirror is handful when investigating inside instrument. I love to see how braces are made when I see new ukulele. I ordered one reasonable priced...
  16. ktuurna

    What's happening in your shed?

    Makin rosette and inlay to top of concert ukulele.
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    Fret size

    What size frets do you use in tenor ukes? I bought 3 years ago Anuenue Moon Bird tenor, and it has pretty fat braces. I like them a lot. They are very nice to play. I have use them too when I build tenors. I think I will use them in concert size too. What do you think fat frets? Yes or no and why?
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    Resonator uke

    I am building resonator uke. I have Gretsch G9112 ukulele and I open it to see how it is done. There is a cone which is probably made in China. I decided to use National's cone. I could buy Chinese, it is much cheaper, but I trust National's more. When I hold them in my hand I feel the...
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    Dust collecting system

    What is your solution for dust collecting? I ask it becouse mine is not very good or actually there is nothing but just one vacuum cleaner in my workshop. Now I am lying at hospital becouse of pneumonia. This makes me think again. I thought I will buy next new drum sander, but not any more. I...
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    Glueing braces

    I have use Titebond before, but I have heard that some builders use epoxy. I wonder why? Is it better for glueing braces?