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    That is really great news. I had to quit...

    That is really great news. I had to quit building for a while because of health issues and it was a painful experience. I am sure that Gordon and Char are happy that their legacy will live on after...
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    I do not see anything wrong with your plan. If...

    I do not see anything wrong with your plan. If you have a copy of Ukulele magazine’s summer issue, the article on J. Chalmers Doane’s Northern ukulele offers another solution. In a similar vein, I...
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    In simple terms, a drum sander consists of a...

    In simple terms, a drum sander consists of a cylinder, 4 to 6 inches in diameter, and 10 to 20 inches long, covered with sand paper and hooked to a motor so it rotates rapidly. A adjustable table is...
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    My best sounding uke is not, unfortunately one...

    My best sounding uke is not, unfortunately one that I built. It is a Martin O style mahogany soprano. Picked it up on EBay a few years ago. It has the decal on the peg head, that they started using...
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    I assume you are looking for a tool to bring the...

    I assume you are looking for a tool to bring the plates down to their proper thickness. The normal electric tool for this job is a drum sander, which you can build yourself or purchase a commercial...
  6. That depends on how skillful you are with hand...

    That depends on how skillful you are with hand tools and whether or not you have a file the right size. If you are reasonably handy, it is not a difficult job. The slot needs to be cut in the same...
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    Nominally my plans call for 5/8” thick, but you...

    Nominally my plans call for 5/8” thick, but you could probably make do with as little as 3/8”, especially if you are talking about a flat board. Bookmatched wedges need to be a bit thicker as you...
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    As a builder, one of the things I strive to avoid...

    As a builder, one of the things I strive to avoid is having the resonant frequency of the body matching that of a note. The frequency of my sopranos tend to be close to middle C, but I make sure...
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    Hey Kurt, thanks much for the welcome, and it is...

    Hey Kurt, thanks much for the welcome, and it is wonderful to hear from you. At the moment I am building whatever strikes my fancy. Just finished a concert with some Maccaferri/Selmer concepts;...
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    Thanks much, it is nice to be back

    Thanks much, it is nice to be back
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    For my arch top guitars and ukulele, I sandwich a...

    For my arch top guitars and ukulele, I sandwich a v shaped piece of mahogany between two pieces of maple, cut at 45 degrees. When shaped the neck looks like a piece of bookmatched maple with a thin...
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    Aloha everyone, this is Bradford and I am...

    Aloha everyone, this is Bradford and I am surprised that this thread is still alive! I have not been on the forum for so long , I forgot my original sign in info, so I set up a new account. I am on...
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    To answer the above question, insurance is...

    To answer the above question, insurance is generally not available in that area.
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    I use molds to build my ukulele and the molds...

    I use molds to build my ukulele and the molds were made from plans that as far as I know were taken from Martin ukes. My vintage model mold was made when a friend loaned me his 1918 Jonah Kumalae...
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