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  1. Love that opening chapter on the island style...

    Love that opening chapter on the island style build! edit - it was a little bit confusing figuring out how to download it to my iPad but that's done and it looks like a great book. Iím really looking...
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    Vintage Martin necks are thinner than most of the...

    Vintage Martin necks are thinner than most of the newer ukes I've seen.
  3. To hopefully save you some grief if you hand...

    To hopefully save you some grief if you hand plane it- don’t plane into a stop the way you would on thicker stock. Clamp it at one end and plane away from the clamp.

    Honestly, if you're not in...
  4. You can set the chip breaker super close on a #4...

    You can set the chip breaker super close on a #4 and get good results but when you're trying to get down close to the final thickness with the smallest risk of tearing out, I think the Veritas low...
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    I found it wasn’t a huge hassle to take my phone...

    I found it wasn’t a huge hassle to take my phone with the LMI plans to the print shop inside a local Staples. They were sized perfectly for whatever the standard dimensions are in that format (I...
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    I went a tad too thin on my walnut soprano. The...

    I went a tad too thin on my walnut soprano. The sound really fell apart on heavier strumming. I added a single, very light light spruce brace down the middle - not easy to work through that tiny...
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    I’m in for an e-copy. I like that you're doing so...

    I’m in for an e-copy. I like that you're doing so many styles. I'm hoping the rope binding is shop-made.
  8. My favourite was the second tune he...

    My favourite was the second tune he played....like Rhiannon Giddens' fretless nylon 5-string banjo. Now I'm checking out wood top banjos on YouTube.
  9. Beau Hannam fretless tenor on Hawaiian Music Supply videos

    At about the 45 minute mark, Canadian luthier Jake Peters is playing it like an oud.

    Very cool instrument and sound.
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    After adjusting the saddle, I thought I'd post a...

    After adjusting the saddle, I thought I'd post a sound clip before I pack this up to ship off to a friend in Vancouver.

    Again, thanks to everyone on this forum for the advice and more generally -...
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    I know itís isn't answering your question but I...

    I know itís isn't answering your question but I want to make one too...The Met Museum has a wild looking fish shaped, 4 stringed rajao alongside it's ukulele.

    It's hard to tell behind glass but it...
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    On my first attempt, I mucked up my bindings...

    On my first attempt, I mucked up my bindings twice - rounding the corners too thin while trying to get the sides flush. Then I switched to a lightly cambered scraper and it went perfectly. I picked...
  13. This YouTube video is what I followed. It didn’t...

    This YouTube video is what I followed. It didn’t use the pipettes in the demo but wish I had because it's pretty challenging to control the amount otherwise. You want to try to keep it between the...
  14. If you change you mind about the CA glue, taping...

    If you change you mind about the CA glue, taping it all down first with green stretchy tape and wicking in with the thin viscosity stuff was a straightforward process (from my novice standpoint).
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    The Google folder shots (first link) are all...

    The Google folder shots (first link) are all big-able.

    The one thing I've found of note about the Osage orange is that you have to be careful about water during the build. I used a damp rag to...
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    Thanks for the kind words. I wouldn't have even...

    Thanks for the kind words. I wouldn't have even tried it without this forum. Many thanks to the people who answered my questions.
  17. Yes. I didn’t mean to sound dismissive. I’m a...

    Yes. I didn’t mean to sound dismissive. I’m a novice just finishing uke #2 but I can see that some of the repairs I made on old thrift shop and eBay ukes were sub optimal - I'd do it much better now,...
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    Uke #2 : pretty much done

    My first build was a Martin style 0 soprano in walnut, so in this one I wanted to use koa and do some fancy MOP purfling. My plan was to incorporate as many new techniques as I could think of. In...
  19. I wrote a long, overwrought answer and just...

    I wrote a long, overwrought answer and just deleted it to say that you should start with a kit. I think it would be way more instructive and satisfying than tearing apart cheaply made ukes.
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    Beautiful. I've usually seen the witness point...

    Beautiful.

    I've usually seen the witness point of the E string set halfway between the C and A strings. Is it a different type of string?
  21. I'll be getting this. I'm in an apartment, so my...

    I'll be getting this. I'm in an apartment, so my space and the amount of noise I can make are limited. Nearly all the other instruction I've found assumes you have at least a router. I've did...
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    I've played a few cheap ukuleles that seem to...

    I've played a few cheap ukuleles that seem to have a long space to the first fret. Try putting a whittled down flat toothpick under the strings at the nut (like a zero fret) and see if it helps.
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    I work in film and appreciate it when someone has...

    I work in film and appreciate it when someone has the skill to clearly explain the reasoning behind what we're seeing and do it in a compact way. He really has the knack of keeping a narrative going...
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    Congratulations. I love that sort of cool,...

    Congratulations. I love that sort of cool, modernistic look.

    I feel your pain. On this second build - I've switched out laminated solid linings for kerfed ones, taken the top off and re-glued,...
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    That's great to know.

    That's great to know.
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