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    I sent in a sample to the USDA wood...

    I sent in a sample to the USDA wood identification service. They identified it as Guibourtia Spp., aka Bubinga. This ia going to be one weird uke if I continue.. I'll need to keep it uite thin...
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    Getting off topic slightly, but another low tech idea for string-through mounting under the bridge is using a button. The very small ones that come on dress shirts for holding down the collar, with...
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    This is the one I was thinking of:...

    This is the one I was thinking of:
    https://youtu.be/ojosBxNXiM4
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    For the headplate, sure, no problem. That's what...

    For the headplate, sure, no problem. That's what I've been using - just a single layer, but I suppose you could use more. HHG.

    For a rosette, yes also, but it might be tricky. I was not...
  5. As I understand it, with the strings attached at...

    As I understand it, with the strings attached at the bridge just behind the saddle, the string vibration causes a rocking/twisting motion of the bridge on the top. Whereas attatching further back,...
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    Thank you for the encouragement, Ken!

    Thank you for the encouragement, Ken!
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    Looks good! Sort of "baroque.". Maybe play...

    Looks good! Sort of "baroque.". Maybe play some Bach on it.��
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    Thank you! I use a router. 3/32 bit. Several...

    Thank you!
    I use a router. 3/32 bit. Several passes, gradually getting deeper. I've been making the slot 3/16" deep. So with a 1/4" high bridge, that leaves 1/16 of bridge wood at the bottom....
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    Four old island style sopranos so far

    I'm completing about 1 per month. Number 5 ("May") is close to done.

    1- All cherry (flatsawn). Sound: OK
    2- All cherry, small locally sourced log, some quarter sawn. Sound: meh.
    3. Western...
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    Wow. Ok. I got into it a bit more. Still a...

    Wow. Ok. I got into it a bit more. Still a mystery wood. Sure looks like walnut, but absolutely no odor. Whatever it is, it seems to want to be a ukulele.127119
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    More wood ID help... mahogany?

    Someone gave me an old hardwood beam. Trying to figure out what it is....I'm thinking mahogany. Has no smell whatsoever, except old shed mustiness.

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    I think the sound of this particular uke is...

    I think the sound of this particular uke is caused by the top being too loose/flexible. I suspect under-bracing, not over-thinning. The bridge I used is quite small - 2.5 x .68, and just under .25...
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    Thanks for all this advice. Oh, I'm not dogging...

    Thanks for all this advice. Oh, I'm not dogging WRC. I know it can be a great wood. I really want it to work for me. I just want to know what I've done wrong, so I can learn from mistakes. I'm...
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    Another cedar top dud

    Second time building with a western red cedar top, and again disappointing results. The first time was a tenor a couple years ago, and is (I think) too thin, - loud, punchy, boomy, not much sustain....
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    Here's one. Not free, but is included with the...

    Here's one. Not free, but is included with the book if you buy that. It's a good book if you are just getting started.

    https://hanalimastore.com/products/plans-tenor-fan-braced-ukulele
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    Now that I do understand, and have experienced...

    Now that I do understand, and have experienced some difficulty with. It requires a pointy muneca, and even then can be sloppy. Pablo Raquena has a good technique shown in his videos.
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    This talk of dowels, bolt-ons, dovetails, etc .....

    This talk of dowels, bolt-ons, dovetails, etc .. does noone use the slotted /Spanish heel style anymore? Just an honest beginner question. It's what I've used on my first 5 and I think I'm getting...
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    I've been resawing my side boards to about 3/32...

    I've been resawing my side boards to about 3/32 to 1/8 inch on the bandsaw. Then using a No. 5 plane get them to around 1/16. Then even out and smooth with a card scraper. Then soak for a couple...
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    Looking through those photos, I see that large...

    Looking through those photos, I see that large washers were used as spacers. A good idea. Also note how they extend out from under the outline so that the sides rest directly on them. Brilliant.
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    I built one like this a couple months ago,...

    I built one like this a couple months ago, following the instructions in Graham's book. The body mold needs to be raised above the main vertical beam that the neck face sits on, of an amount equal...
  21. Thread: An Easter Walnut

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    Looks nice! I like the fretboard and bridge...

    Looks nice! I like the fretboard and bridge being a lighter shade than the body... has a classy and different vibe.

    I'm on board with the solid linings as well. Poplar, huh? If I understand the...
  22. Thread: WRC sticker stain

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    Yes, I think that's what it is - the rest of the...

    Yes, I think that's what it is - the rest of the board oxidized more then the stickered places. So I'm going to wait and see what letting it air out and get some light exposure does.

    I did wet...
  23. Thread: WRC sticker stain

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    WRC sticker stain

    Sorry, two threads in one day. :)
    Anyone know if it's possible to get "sticker" stains out of western red cedar? Major mistake, I used plywood for drying stickers. I thought maybe they would sand...
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    I'll definitely be ordering one of those flush...

    I'll definitely be ordering one of those flush trim bits. In the meantime, I got the job done today following timbuck's method of first trimming with a saw. I remembered I had a little high speed...
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    Flush trim router bit -- perfect! That was the...

    Flush trim router bit -- perfect! That was the missing piece of my knowledge. Any preference on size? 3/8, 1/2, ?
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