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  1. Blatantly misleading advertising I would think. I...

    Blatantly misleading advertising I would think. I just knew someone would find a typo that I and several other people had missed. Where in the ePub?
  2. The Ukulele construction manual first copies

    The first copies The Ukulele have arrived from the printer and are now available, at least in Australia, to anyone who would like to purchase a copy. Go to www.mcdonaldstrings.com/ukulelebook.html to...
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    Epoxy is used for laminating carbon fibre tow to...

    Epoxy is used for laminating carbon fibre tow to braces, but I have never come across anyone using epoxy to glue braces directly to soundboards or backs (or at least anyone who admits to doing it).
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    I hang them up in the workshop as a reminder not...

    I hang them up in the workshop as a reminder not to stuff up next time. I feel guilty letting the not-right ones out into the world for folks to see.
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    For celluloid and ABS bindings I use Weldon 16,...

    For celluloid and ABS bindings I use Weldon 16, which is a solvent glue used in the acrylic/perspex industry. A solvent glue that sticks well to wood. One disadvantage is that when gluing thin ABS...
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    I have cancelled the Kickstarter project, as it...

    I have cancelled the Kickstarter project, as it was never going to make the target. Thanks to all those who supported the project. The ePub version will be available soon and I will do a small,...
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    I did all the sums on getting the print run done...

    I did all the sums on getting the print run done and mailing out those copies pre-ordered through Kickstarter and the Kickstarter total is what that would have cost. I will likely do a smaller...
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    Kickstarter is an 'all-or-nothing' fundraiser. If...

    Kickstarter is an 'all-or-nothing' fundraiser. If the target is not reached it won't cost you anything. At the moment it is looking unlikely to reach the target, so I am looking at a Plan B 8-)
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    mostly certainly!

    mostly certainly!
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    I have redone the page a bit to make the link...

    I have redone the page a bit to make the link more obvious :)

    http://www.mcdonaldstrings.com/ukulelebook.html

    Cheers
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    A new book on building ukuleles

    Folks,

    I have launched a Kickstarter project to fund the publication of my new book on building ukuleles. It is called, simply enough, The Ukulele - an Illustrated Workshop Manual. 154 pages, over...
  12. My copy arrived this morning and I have spent the...

    My copy arrived this morning and I have spent the afternoon reading through it. It is a gorgeous concept and the drawings/paintings allow a focus in just that part of the procedure being shown....
  13. I am yet to get my copy, but from the sample...

    I am yet to get my copy, but from the sample chapters which have been around for a while, I am very taken with the idea of drawings and paintings to illustrate the construction process. I wish I...
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    Thank you Beau and John for the kind words. I...

    Thank you Beau and John for the kind words. I would only suggest that the printed lutherie instruction book is not dead, but one of several ways to gather information along with DVDs and on-line...
  15. I am feeling my way through ukuleles as well, and...

    I am feeling my way through ukuleles as well, and I reckon for a tenor a 2mm/ 0.080" soundboard thickness with an offcut for the bridge patch, the transverse braces 3/16" x 3/8" and the three fans...
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    The last few months have been very much a...

    The last few months have been very much a learning experience with lots of trial and error as I try to work out a logical and systematic approach to building and explaining the processes. I have...
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    Six ukuleles of various sizes built over the past...

    Six ukuleles of various sizes built over the past 6-8 months. They have been made in different ways with the processes all documented. The plan is a book on building ukuleles which should be ready...
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    I have built a couple of baritones with a 20"...

    I have built a couple of baritones with a 20" scale, which was one of my guitar fretting templates starting at the fourth fret. Baritone bodies will be around 14" long and 10" wide. The bridge will...
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    A cheaper alternative is a Schneider gramil...

    A cheaper alternative is a Schneider gramil <http://www.lmii.com/products/tools-services/binding-tools/schneider-gramil> and a small chisel. There is an hour or so work to cut a binding channel which...
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    I have been using CF tow impregnated with epoxy...

    I have been using CF tow impregnated with epoxy every now and again for close on 30 years as re-enforcement on soundboard braces and things like that. I was shown how to use it by Greg Smallman, the...
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    The 1.5mm CF sheet will be much too heavy and...

    The 1.5mm CF sheet will be much too heavy and stiff I suspect. The CF will weigh much more than a piece of plywood the same thickness and it is mass and stiffness that will determine how your...
  22. The rope binding isn't hard to make, but it is...

    The rope binding isn't hard to make, but it is time consuming. I found a couple descriptions on how to do it via Google, which I now can't find again. One of them was on this forum I think, Another...
  23. Concert sized Huon Pine and Australian red cedar uke

    Her's the latest Concert sized. Body is Huon pine from Tasmania, the neck is Australian Red cedar, over 100 years old laminated from two pieces cut from an old skirting board with a 1/4" CF square...
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    Scandinavian Oil is one of those tung oil style...

    Scandinavian Oil is one of those tung oil style wipe on/polish off drying oil finishes, though I don't know if it has any tung oil at all in it. All the major paint manufacturers here make a version...
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    No 5 Monkeypod concert

    I had bought a chunk of something the timber yard called Rainwood a couple of years back and eventually thought to work out what it was. It is otherwise known as Monkeypod, a timber that Malaysian...
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