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    I've never known bubinga to have cavernous pores....

    I've never known bubinga to have cavernous pores. Every employee who stays with Huss & Dalton for five years gets a free guitar of their choice. I received mine in 2002, and I chose bubinga for the...
  2. Thread: Springback

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    If you can finesse the loading of the mold you...

    If you can finesse the loading of the mold you don't have to finesse the bending. Same results, less fussing. Spend your time where it matters.
  3. Thread: Springback

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    A bit of spring back shouldn't be an issue. If...

    A bit of spring back shouldn't be an issue. If you get so much that you can't load your molds something else is wrong with your procedures.
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    Most of the bending time is spent waiting for the...

    Most of the bending time is spent waiting for the benders to cool down, during which I do something else. Sides don't have to be a perfect fit in the mold coming off the benders, they just have to be...
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    I have an early e-copy of this book. Like all of...

    I have an early e-copy of this book. Like all of Graham's written work, the layout is visually appealing and info-dense. It is easily the best ukulele building book out there. All uke sizes are...
  6. Just live with it while you move on. It might...

    Just live with it while you move on. It might teach you more than you think.
  7. Lovely work, as always, Allen. I love the way the...

    Lovely work, as always, Allen. I love the way the flowers are cropped.
  8. I still use the stretched tape method. After...

    I still use the stretched tape method. After building a number of jigs for this I find that tape is the cleanest and by far the fastest, and no jig to store between times. Joining plates is one of my...
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    That's similar to the A-bracing that Ovation...

    That's similar to the A-bracing that Ovation used. My take is that if a top doesn't distort a little bit it has been left too heavy. A solid-body instrument provides the most sustain and the least...
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    Heidi builds with a Spanish heel. Jay uses a...

    Heidi builds with a Spanish heel. Jay uses a bolt-on neck with mortise and tenon. Both are overly complicated. Both will work. Heidi's instruction stays beginnerish, though she and Robbie apparently...
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    I found the Jay Litke uke videos to be mone well...

    I found the Jay Litke uke videos to be mone well spent, even after 40 years of building.
  12. I use the thickest CA I can find, then squeeze it...

    I use the thickest CA I can find, then squeeze it on and distribute it with a big splinter of wood. Four or five inches at a time with binding and two pieces of purfling goes pretty quickly. There is...
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    I started buying Chinese binding/purfling off...

    I started buying Chinese binding/purfling off eBay because of the color options. One source is The Pure Store, though I suspect that the celluloid all comes from the same factory. The colors can add...
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    I'm with Pete. The Spanish heel (not to mention...

    I'm with Pete. The Spanish heel (not to mention the dovetail joint) should have vanished decades ago. It's another example of luthiers hobbling themselves to satisfy a quest to honor a questionable...
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    Lovely instrument. How is it tuned?

    Lovely instrument. How is it tuned?
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    Wonderful looking uke, Peter. Classy.

    Wonderful looking uke, Peter. Classy.
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    Thick top/light bracing=thin top/heavier bracing,...

    Thick top/light bracing=thin top/heavier bracing, no? Or use them for backs, assuming you are building all-mahogany instruments. I don't understand your header, though.
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    This is just a few photos of my pine uke in...

    This is just a few photos of my pine uke in progress for those who care. Note how a 100w bulb lit up the back. It did that everywhere.

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    I started a tenor uke out of pine. The side...

    I started a tenor uke out of pine. The side sprang forward after bending with a blanket, not back. I built the body, then swapped all the parts away for a set of quality classical guitar machines. I...
  20. Believe it or not, most instrument shapes have...

    Believe it or not, most instrument shapes have been "standardized" because most builders want to use ready-made cases rather than invest in having them specially made. All the internal parts should...
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    You could spray the Tru-Oil. It lays out like a...

    You could spray the Tru-Oil. It lays out like a dream and builds a lot faster than nitro.
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    As a lutherie author, it kills me to say this,...

    As a lutherie author, it kills me to say this, but the printed word is dead. Where instrument making is concerned, theory is just another word for guessing. Which, of course, leaves only the how-to...
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    It's so much easier to glue it in as part of the...

    It's so much easier to glue it in as part of the center seam that I would never rout the back to put one in. In the very beginning I used to rout them in to hide/reinforce a poor back joint, but...
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    Pretty slick, Ken.

    Pretty slick, Ken.
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    As settlers moved into new parts of the world...

    As settlers moved into new parts of the world they often gave old names to new species they encountered. Marketers have also muddied the waters by making up their own names. Scientific names can...
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