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    It has cavernous pores to fill as well.

    It has cavernous pores to fill as well.
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    Yes, actually plugged in it works a treat.

    Yes, actually plugged in it works a treat.
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    Here is a sound sample of the Huon Pine soprano....

    Here is a sound sample of the Huon Pine soprano.


    https://player.vimeo.com/video/354352512?byline=0&portrait=0&color=fff8c6
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    Cut to shape and then bend.

    Cut to shape and then bend.
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    For all international orders I always use Express...

    For all international orders I always use Express Post International and have never had a problem.

    Delivery is usually 3-5 business days depending on location. Customs into the EU is the only time...
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    Tenor Air - Picture Set

    I was asked to build this One of a kind ukulele (Ooaku) so the gentelman could practice on an instrument that had the same physical dimensions as his Koaloha, but be pretty much totally silent unless...
  7. Thread: Fret slot chisel

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    You might want to try my method out Pete. I...

    You might want to try my method out Pete.

    I so my fret boards at the front of my CNC so its easy to get to and I cut the purfling slot and inlay the purfling before I cut the fret slots. Never...
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    Yeh, I made it after seeing a very nice...

    Yeh, I made it after seeing a very nice commercial built one for guitars. As most things for ukes, to work right they need to be a fair bit smaller to function correctly.
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    Thanks for letting me now Ken. That's what...

    Thanks for letting me now Ken. That's what happens when you get one of those annoying tellemarketing phone calls when you're concentrating. I've reposted the video.
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    End Graft Install - Video

    I get asked often how I manage to inlay the tapered shape of my end grafts so cleanly. It's pretty quick and easy with the set up I've built to fit my particular shape. Though dialing in everything...
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    If you haven't used a bending iron then you had...

    If you haven't used a bending iron then you had better get one and start learning. I'd consider it a pretty much indispensable item in a luthiers shop even if it's only to touch up the shape of some...
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    I bend on the iron first and then set the shape...

    I bend on the iron first and then set the shape in the bender with a heat blanket. My bender handles both sides at the same time. I can easily do 4 sets in a day if I chose to.
  13. Thread: Veneer softener

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    I got it from Carbatec.....Only good if you are...

    I got it from Carbatec.....Only good if you are in Australia or N.Z.
  14. Thread: Veneer softener

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    So I got some veneer softener because of an...

    So I got some veneer softener because of an upcoming project that I know will be rather difficult to bend. But today I had a set of extrremely curly Australian Blackwood that I've built with quite a...
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    If you want your strings to have a consistent...

    If you want your strings to have a consistent relief over a radiused fret board, then the saddle needs to have a radius on it as well. The bridge is independent of that. Depending on how much saddle...
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    You've doubled the tension, so if you are...

    You've doubled the tension, so if you are building on the edge in terms of soundboard bracing, then you will want to compensate in either thickness or bracing.

    If you are familiar with the cube...
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    Draw out your string spacing at both nut and...

    Draw out your string spacing at both nut and saddle at full size and add 4mm to each side. That will give you your dimensions.

    I do this with every variation of instrument I build.
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    If you did want to try your hand at fitting...

    If you did want to try your hand at fitting braces then here is a link that shows you how.
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    That style of back on a ukulele would most often...

    That style of back on a ukulele would most often be laminated and not require braces. That's the way I would do it.

    If a larger instrument like a arch top jazz guitar then there are braces and...
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    Koi Pond Themed Tenor Ukulele - Photo Set

    Another tenor that I built on a whim to try some new techniques and materials.

    The body is Australian Tiger Myrtle with a 3,000 year old Sitka Spruce soundboard. The inlay material is pressure...
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    Thanks everyone.

    I find the most difficult part of doing work like this is to decide how to do the layout of the inlay for a balanced and harmonious look.....and not screwing it up too bad with...
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  24. Makore and Lutz Tenor with Scrimshaw Inlay - Photo Set

    Another tenor I built on a whim to sharpen my skills and do work that really inspires me.

    This is the first time using Lutz, and was really surprised at how stiff this timber is. I was expecting...
  25. How to install strings on a string through bridge - Video

    I've had a few clients and even a music shop that was asked to change strings on one of my uke that hadn't come across a string through bridge before, and were confused on how to change the strings....
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