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    A brush will work, but I use a pad which is just...

    A brush will work, but I use a pad which is just the corner of a pillow case packed with cheese cloth and tied off. With a brush you can get those annoying brush lines if your flow-out is not good...
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    Funny, but my hardware store here in Northern...

    Funny, but my hardware store here in Northern California still carries denatured alcohol. I've used what is called "stove fuel" which is basically denatured ethanol with some methanol mixed in. Works...
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    Just a cursory search yields a lot of information...

    Just a cursory search yields a lot of information on catalyzed polyurethane finishes. Some are pre-catalyzed and some 2 part. It gets complicated. Some contain isocyanates and some nitro acetate or...
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    I tried SMDs ColorTone. Didn't like it at all....

    I tried SMDs ColorTone. Didn't like it at all. Check that: I hated it. But that was in my hands and I'm sure others can get better results. Have you considered the polyurethanes? I have not used it,...
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    Can't wait to see the rosette in and sanded out....

    Can't wait to see the rosette in and sanded out. I love spalted sycamore.
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    I don't get it. What would be the advantage? Why...

    I don't get it. What would be the advantage? Why not just bend em' on the inside and be done with it. I'm sure there is something I'm missing here.
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    I use StewMacs fret cutters to cut the the tangs...

    I use StewMacs fret cutters to cut the the tangs off:

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    These are not ideal as it can ruin the edge on the cutting edges and it always leaves a bit behind that has to be ground off with a...
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    Nice plate joins there. Joining those weird butt...

    Nice plate joins there. Joining those weird butt joints on plates is the easiest hardest join on a build. Seamless is what we want. Sometimes surprises me to see the seam on even high end...
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    As always, the answer is "it depends". It depends...

    As always, the answer is "it depends". It depends on the particular density of your piece of wood. But generally speaking the rule of thumb is that redwood is a softwood therefore it is thicker than...
  10. This is such a good point. Nobody that buys a...

    This is such a good point. Nobody that buys a piano nowadays expects ivory keys. I suspect this will be the case with ebony in the future. But I think it needs to be emphasized that it isn't...
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    I would hate to have to string that thing....

    I would hate to have to string that thing. Changing strings is no small feat for that instrument. Thank goodness ukes only have four strings. I hate changing strings. So boring.
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    And what exactly is CA accelerator? Well it's...

    And what exactly is CA accelerator? Well it's pretty simple, it's is sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) , water and acetone or other water soluble volatile solvent. The baking soda is alkeline which...
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    Yes Bob: Refer to Murphy's Law number #2 -...

    Yes Bob: Refer to Murphy's Law number #2 - "Nothing is as simple as it at first seems." Also see: Murphy's First Law -"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong".
  14. Thread: Wasps

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    Good work Ken! Good use of CA accelerator if I...

    Good work Ken! Good use of CA accelerator if I ever heard of one. Yes, nasty stuff. Don't let those nasty wasps get the upper hand! I score this one: Ken Tims 1, wasps null (0).
  15. It always feels good when you can fix a boo-boo...

    It always feels good when you can fix a boo-boo like that. Good recovery. From the picture I wasn't sure you could get far enough back to cover the hole.
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    I can back up what dwizum says about the LMI...

    I can back up what dwizum says about the LMI instrument glue. Great stuff.
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    I salute you for your experiment. Unfortunately...

    I salute you for your experiment. Unfortunately these things always come down to a subjective comparison rather than a quantitative comparison which is hard to do. We hear what we expect to hear.
  18. Ouch... Yes, the gap between the tailblock and...

    Ouch... Yes, the gap between the tailblock and the lining probably caused the problem. Do what others have said and cut in purfling. However that looks like it would be pretty large ledge for...
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    I have no idea why they would recommend TIII for...

    I have no idea why they would recommend TIII for a kit build but maybe it had to do with the fast tack times and the long open times as in "S---! that part is up-side down!" so they could fix the...
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    I think that TIII is even more inappropriate for...

    I think that TIII is even more inappropriate for ukulele construction than TII. TIII is an "Advanced Proprietary Polymer" preparation (what ever that means which is nothing). It's main feature is its...
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    Oh boy! We are talkin' glue, my favorite subject....

    Oh boy! We are talkin' glue, my favorite subject.

    Not sure that TII was the best choice Jerry. TII is a cross-linking polyvinyl acetate type glue designed for outdoor use due to it's resistance to...
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    Uh oh. Looks like the dreaded message demon has...

    Uh oh. Looks like the dreaded message demon has got you Michael. Whatever it is after Se seems to be giving the forum indigestion. Try not using any strange marks in the text. I've found that it...
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    Kelali Kev brings up some good points. Desert...

    Kelali Kev brings up some good points. Desert ironwood has a Janka hardness of 3,260 lbf (14,500 N) which is pretty darn hard and dense. But on the other hand Gabon ebony which has never given me any...
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    Well, compare to my success rate with ebony: Zero...

    Well, compare to my success rate with ebony: Zero (0) or bloodwood Zero (0). Low sample size as I know when I'm beat. But can bend mahogany and rosewood like you can't believe. Success rate %100.
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    To me if it is strung with steel strings it is a...

    To me if it is strung with steel strings it is a tenor guitar.
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