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  1. Just a note on hardness, because I did not get...

    Just a note on hardness, because I did not get around to posting the info when there was some earlier discussion of fingerboards, and the hardness of katalox and casuarina. (The hardness numbers are...
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    I don't know how your Stella neck was originally...

    I don't know how your Stella neck was originally attached, but a Brace & Dowel Stick is a very traditional method, adaptable with any banjo with a dowel stick.
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    Look at Rickard banjos, he makes great parts....

    Look at Rickard banjos, he makes great parts.
    https://rickardbanjos.com/
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    Cut like mother of pearl

    I cut it just like mother of pearl, with a jewelers saw and a fine blade (3/0 or 5/0). It is a little fragile when cutting real small thin pieces, but not much of a problem. Cuts and smells more...
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    "Next" gets rather experimental. Apple wood cut...

    "Next" gets rather experimental. Apple wood cut from a local orchard, an acoustic U-Base with those funny rubbery strings for my sister, some spalted sycamore I got from a neighbor's tree with a...
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    The latest "gang of four"

    I have been building in sets of 4, as 4 fit into the workshop, and doing 4 at once helps with process time by doing any given operation to all 4.

    Redwood & quilted maple tenor with Richlite...
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    I'll go the other way. I think the under-saddle...

    I'll go the other way. I think the under-saddle Mi-Si is easier to mount (and long term more secure) than the piezo K&K pickups which are stuck on to the underside of the soundboard with...
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    I find "Formby's Tung Oil Finish" but not...

    I find "Formby's Tung Oil Finish" but not "Formby's Tung Oil Varnish". Are there two different products, or is "Formby's Tung Oil Finish" what is being discussed?
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    Amboyna burl

    As a "burl" option, I figured out how to veneer things, so I can have a look of burl, over a much better behaved, and better sounding, substrate. Also one can get really fancy burl veneer much much...
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    I have read that Tru-Oil is "a polymerized...

    I have read that Tru-Oil is "a polymerized linseed oil with other natural oils added." It seems to harden rather quickly (in fact, keeping it from hardening in the bottle is a bit of an issue)...
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    Not having either spray equipment, nor a place to...

    Not having either spray equipment, nor a place to spray things, I have been using Tru-Oil. I have worked out a process that is very simple, not at all time consuming, and yields a very nice shiny...
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    Pro-Glue comes in original "dark" and the new...

    Pro-Glue comes in original "dark" and the new "White". I have used the "dark" because I was gluing up black veneers. I suspect either will work, as the glue line should be really really thin. In...
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    I make my own purfling strips Black-red-black,...

    I make my own purfling strips Black-red-black, black-green-black, etc. for different projects/looks. I glue up 3" wide sheets of dyed veneer using a urea veneer glue Pro-Glue (widely available). ...
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    Can you post some pictures of the back of the...

    Can you post some pictures of the back of the shells? If they have lots of small holes (have been attacked by boring sponges, very common) they are not worth much for inlay.
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    I'm not sure I would have the follow-through to...

    I'm not sure I would have the follow-through to dedicate a thread to the building process. I do post a certain amount of things to my blog at:
    http://www.jupiteruke.com/blog/ if you would like a...
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    The latest set of 3

    The latest set, all with Alaskan yellow cedar necks.
    One standard tenor in 'ambrosia sycamore' with a spruce top, bocote binding, casuarina fingerboard and bridge, sycamore headplate, red abalone...
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    I once built a 'lute' (in quotes because while it...

    I once built a 'lute' (in quotes because while it played, it was a bit of a hack) and I found that tennis racquet string made good tie-on frets. It is hard and takes a good knot, and is available in...
  18. What is the proper term for that (optional) bump on the back of the neck?

    What is the proper term for that bump on the back of the neck?
    Thumb stop?

    Such as this (with credit to Beau Hannam):
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    a little curl helps with oak or ash

    A little curl helps the look of oak or ash a lot, as does perfectly quartersawn oak which reveals a strong medulary ray pattern (often seen in old oak furniture). I built a uke out of ash (first...
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    I got to know (a little) a pearl inlay artist who...

    I got to know (a little) a pearl inlay artist who does fabulous work, and indeed, makes his living doing inlay work. He will show/tell you how he does anything and everything. He has a motto; "I...
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    One of the advantages of cutting your own...

    One of the advantages of cutting your own fingerboard wood is that you can do interesting things. A bit of an experiment. This is a book-matched fingerboard, with the book-match pattern extending...
  22. It does seem that within a given stiffness...

    It does seem that within a given stiffness 'envelope', the exact bracing style makes little difference. All three of the bracing patterns were of (I think) similar stiffness. That is my impression...
  23. Different bracing - not much sound difference

    On the last set of 3 tenors, I figured I would try out several different bracing styles, to see which one sounded the best. I have been moving to using 2 fan braces, but making the braces taller and...
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    I'm sure a lot of you know about a centering...

    I'm sure a lot of you know about a centering ruler, but for those of you who do not, I use this just all the time to quickly find the center of things. Simply match up the left and right...
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    A note about wet-sanding TruOil. I used to do...

    A note about wet-sanding TruOil. I used to do this and it was kind of a pain, and hard to see how things were going 'under water'. I recently found a paper that is set up so you can sand things...
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