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  1. Brett Very nice looking instrument - and a tidy...

    Brett
    Very nice looking instrument - and a tidy job

    Did the oak bend okay for the sides?

    Cheers
    Mike
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    Allen thanks for the video - I'm starting out...

    Allen

    thanks for the video - I'm starting out and found it very useful

    BUT - that tape machine - it sort of stole the show - how can I continue without one ! !

    Cheers
    Mike
  3. Thank's for the info Beau My tops are Spruce -...

    Thank's for the info Beau

    My tops are Spruce - running at about 0.66 - so seems like I'm close to the general parameters for a soprano - phew.

    I'm intending on installing a bridge plate from...
  4. Also for anyone else following along - found this...

    Also for anyone else following along - found this useful thread on this forum's archive.

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?121588-Question-Back-Seam-Reinforcement
  5. Brace yourself for more bracing questions about bracing

    I’m getting close to assembling my first ukulele

    I’ve made and formed some lovely spruce bracing already glued to the top and back and ready to trim. I’ve also made - from said spruce a backplate...
  6. Allen Beautiful instruments - especially like ...

    Allen
    Beautiful instruments - especially like
    the bindings - which is what i’m
    Investigating now - sod that - I especially
    like everything.

    Cheers
    Mike
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    Thanks for the responses .. all very much...

    Thanks for the responses .. all very much appreciated.

    The wood has a lot of drying to do yet - It was felled about a year ago - and has been stored dry and at a fairly constant temperature - but...
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    Linden - English Lime for Ukulele Build

    A few months ago I managed to grab a couple of pieces of wood from newly felled Linden tree (tree was about 250 years old)

    I think it might be better known as European Lime - but we've always...
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    Nice read - gives me hope :) Cheers Mike

    Nice read - gives me hope :)

    Cheers
    Mike
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    I appreciate your experience here - I'm seeing...

    I appreciate your experience here -
    I'm seeing my venture into oak more as a learning experience - how will it bend - how will it sound - and yes - lol - will it look good on the wall if it sounds...
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    @Log Dog Interesting thoughts on tonal quality -...

    @Log Dog
    Interesting thoughts on tonal quality -

    I can understand why oak might cause a problem if used as the soundboard - but I thought that the wood for the back and sides had minimal impact...
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    A bit before my time - but didn't they have...

    A bit before my time - but didn't they have superheated steam boxes on steam trains ?
    There was an opportunity lost - Side bending on the Flying Scotsman - !!
  13. The shape is new to me - I like it Gerard - ...

    The shape is new to me - I like it

    Gerard -
    très bonnes compétences

    Cheers
    Mike
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    Digging this old chestnut up as I was planning...

    Digging this old chestnut up as I was planning for future ukulele builds - and was looking at purchasing from Spain and Portugal.

    For UK users - there's now the added joy of Brexit.

    Although...
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    Amazingly I've just made something similar to the...

    Amazingly I've just made something similar to the suggestion from the old thread.
    Needed some work to make the blade - but works a treat now - and only GBP 2.50 for the tool - plus a bit of old tool...
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    Thanks Beau I've split the billet and cut...

    Thanks Beau

    I've split the billet and cut three necks to start with
    If these work out okay - and they seem okay so far - I'll probably do the same with the second piece
    Although I'm liking the...
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    Thanks Bazuku I quite like the grain on the head...

    Thanks Bazuku
    I quite like the grain on the head - I'll see what they are like when I've polished them up - and I'm glad the necks are pretty straight -I wiggled the cuts around to try to get the...
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    They look really good - a lot neater than my...

    They look really good - a lot neater than my attempts.

    My excuse is that I'm still in the prototyping phase.

    I’m been working on a revised rosette cutter - I’ll try to post a pic when It’s...
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    Hi Bazuku I've just made my first hole / rosette...

    Hi Bazuku
    I've just made my first hole / rosette cutter
    First attempt / prototype was basically a piece of old oak with simple some slots - M8 bolt in a tapped hole to hold the blade - I just...
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    I didn't know that heat could bugger up french...

    I didn't know that heat could bugger up french polish that much - although I know moisture can do horrors to it - good info to have.

    My problem with the recent UK heat was one of my mahogany backs...
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    Bazuku I Have to agree on all fronts This...

    Bazuku

    I Have to agree on all fronts

    This is a great forum - I'm amazed at the level of skills of the people who contribute - and their openness in sharing.

    I've been considering stacking...
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    .. that was just what I was thinking - creative...

    .. that was just what I was thinking - creative part of the brain is tingling now
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    Thanks Bazuku Thanks for the feedback, great...

    Thanks Bazuku

    Thanks for the feedback, great detail here and all appreciated.

    These instruments are my first ‘serious’ ukuleles and at the moment - just for personal use and getting my skills...
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    Thanks for this Prof. This is perfect - just...

    Thanks for this Prof.

    This is perfect - just the information that I’ve been looking for.

    I hadn’t considered any movement when releasing the stress in the wood when carving, so I’ll keep this...
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    Neck Grain Direction

    Hi

    First post here - from a novice Ukulele builder - and in the process of building my first instruments.

    This might be a an old Chestnut - I did find some stuff in the Archive - but a simple...
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