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    Tenor body coming together...

    Tenor body coming together
    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51332716369_716d0d1666.jpg
    Some imperfections and goof ups to work on, but overall success so far.
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    Sweet! It's got that spruce sound, for sure. ...

    Sweet! It's got that spruce sound, for sure. I've made a couple spruce sopranos (none sounding as good as yours) and I recognize "that sound" which to me sounds more old world Mediterranean...
  3. Thread: Body Depth

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    More modern. With cutaway and side sound port. ...

    More modern. With cutaway and side sound port.


    Interesting on the Helmholtz.... we'll see/hear what happens.
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    :cool:. Thanks!

    :cool:. Thanks!
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    Body Depth

    I know this subject has been discussed at length for years... I'm curious about your current thoughts on body depth, specifically for tenor ukes, and how it affects sound and visual aesthetics.
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    Nice! I have a similar setup for my assembly...

    Nice! I have a similar setup for my assembly workboard - held in a rotating vise by a chunk of wood screwed to the bottom. Makes life easier.
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    Thanks, guys. Sam, I cut the rosette channels...

    Thanks, guys. Sam, I cut the rosette channels with a dremel in the stewmac base witha homemade circle cutting jig which is just a piece of wood with nail holes for different radii. 3/64 downcut bit...
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    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51302937989_a6...

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51302937989_a6fb9f01ca_k.jpg

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  9. Thread: Dehumidification

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    Good call on the salt. I'll be careful with...

    Good call on the salt. I'll be careful with that.

    I'm pursuing the idea of a "dry box", which ia a 76 qt plastic storage bin sealed up with weather stripping, and containing a pound or two of...
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    Thank you, Allen. This gives me hope. I'm glad...

    Thank you, Allen. This gives me hope. I'm glad I'm not the only one dealing with less than ideal climate.
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    I decided to start with a small air conditioner,...

    I decided to start with a small air conditioner, a little 500btu window unit. (I'm in a 10'x20' metal shed by the way.) The AC worked remarkably well, in dropping the RH. Room temp was 88F, and...
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    Dehumidification

    Anyone have any dehumidification tips? Do you use an electric dehumidifier in your shop?

    How about non-electric options? I read that buckets of sand, rock salt, and calcium chloride might all...
  13. Thread: Innie or Outie?

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    Yeah, if you're fortunate enough to get the inner...

    Yeah, if you're fortunate enough to get the inner piece to fit, including the width of the side wood, that would work. My inner pieces never survive, what with relief cuts and such, plus I stay away...
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    Here's what I got working 134135

    Here's what I got working
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    New "old" shape. Template and mold based on a...

    New "old" shape. Template and mold based on a photo of an Anahu Flower of Hawaii early soprano.
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    Maybe I've been "lucky", but I've gotten away...

    Maybe I've been "lucky", but I've gotten away with not leveling the frets on the last several I've made. No buzzing or anything. Well, there was one fret on one uke that didn't quite seat right...
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    Uke #10, ambrosia-maple/spruce Mezzo

    Hello, I thought you might be interested in seeing how this one turned out. I used a piece of ambrosia maple that someone gave to me, for the back and sides and headplate. I left the beetle-holes...
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    Dwizum, that is just too cool. I love the wood...

    Dwizum, that is just too cool. I love the wood pickup, and bridge you made. I was just thinking about making a bridge of that very design, for an electric lap steel I am planning to build someday.
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    Neat! Pretty interesting instrument there. I...

    Neat! Pretty interesting instrument there. I started with modding a cheap guitar, then making cigar box guitars and ukes, as well.
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    It might make good saddles and nuts.

    It might make good saddles and nuts.
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    French Polishing the Maple Mezzo...

    French Polishing the Maple Mezzo
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    Looks nice!

    That's one wsy to make a back when all you have is thin wood scraps ;)

    I do like that shape.... Almost, but not quite a machete.
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    Vinnie, the ones I've built have been all Spanish...

    Vinnie, the ones I've built have been all Spanish style and I've left the neck square all around until after gluing down the fretboard ( and putting in the frets). I taper and shape the neck last. ...
  24. Thread: Hannabach film

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    Hannabach film

    This is five years old and you may have already seen it. I just found it. A beautiful and fascinating movie for us instrument makers and players.


    https://youtu.be/sfIxENvd2_U
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    Yeah, I figured it that's what it was for. Just...

    Yeah, I figured it that's what it was for. Just want to confirm the mechanics. This means the wood block would flex a little, to pinch inwards when the thumb screw is tightened down. Is that...
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