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    I had borrowed the idea from Hana Lima some years...

    I had borrowed the idea from Hana Lima some years ago. The PEX tubing I use vs. the wood dowel saves you from having to drill out the dowel. Also if you insert the stopper rod at least one inch...
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    Here are some pics of how I made mine....

    Here are some pics of how I made mine.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/p3CXbTfZK9B1A1wh9
    Brad
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    You will find that some of us do and others...

    You will find that some of us do and others don’t. The arguments for are; it looks cleaner, it is easier to blow out dust and it slows down the effects of humidity changes. The arguments against...
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    As this is a subject near and dear to me I will...

    As this is a subject near and dear to me I will chime in. And for those of you that don’t know me, of the 409 instruments built so far, approximately 150 were arch top mandolins, 9 arch top guitars,...
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    Hey Kurt, really glad to hear that Arlo is...

    Hey Kurt, really glad to hear that Arlo is playing a Bob Gleason ukulele. I get to see Bob at least once a year when he comes to our Kauai builders group get together. He is a fun person to be...
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    I taper most of my ukulele. Brad

    I taper most of my ukulele.
    Brad
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    I like the Antes plans. They were taken from a...

    I like the Antes plans. They were taken from a Martin tenor, give you several options for a neck joint and allow you to taper the body or not. I have a forties Martin tenor and can say that the...
  8. Thread: Brace wood?

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    The important parameters are strength and...

    The important parameters are strength and stiffness per weight. They used to make airplanes out of spruce, you ever heard of a poplar goose lol.
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    Actually, in practice, the distance between the...

    Actually, in practice, the distance between the nut and the 12th fret, and between the 12th fret and saddle is not the same. In most ukulele there is between 1/16” to 1/8” compensation added to the...
  10. Thread: Fret Spacing?

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    That largely depends on the size of your hands.

    That largely depends on the size of your hands.
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    It may be OK for linings, I doubt it is anywhere...

    It may be OK for linings, I doubt it is anywhere near as good as spruce for braces.
    Brad
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    What tools do you have? I have been thicknessing...

    What tools do you have? I have been thicknessing tops, backs and sides on a 6”x 48” belt sander for 37 years. It can be done that way fast and accurately provided you are skillful with the tool....
  13. Thread: Ukulele Picks

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    A small correction, most ukulele tops are only...

    A small correction, most ukulele tops are only 1.6 to 1.8 mm thick.
    Brad
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    I can not tell you the specific brand used, but...

    I can not tell you the specific brand used, but the finish, if original, should be a nitrocellulose lacquer. And would not react to alcohol or paint thinner.
    Brad
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    A good shop should have a complete set and will...

    A good shop should have a complete set and will be able to tell you your fretboard radius in seconds.
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    Maybe this will help.

    Maybe this will help.
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    Stew-Mac has gauges to measure the radius of a...

    Stew-Mac has gauges to measure the radius of a fretboard but it is pretty easy to make your own. Drill some small holes in a strip of metal the appropriate distances apart and us that to mark the...
  18. Mahalo Kurt, your kind comments are much...

    Mahalo Kurt, your kind comments are much appreciated. I always enjoy having fellow ukers stop by my shop and talk story. For visitors to Kauai, Kekaha is at the base of Waimea canyon. If you visit...
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    Youthalele Plans

    It has been a number of years but I still get requests now and then for these plans. The original PC documents are no longer available but I took some pics of a set of plans I still had around. The...
  20. If you want to stop by my home/shop in Kekaha, I...

    If you want to stop by my home/shop in Kekaha, I can loan you a concert to play while you are on Kauai. I also will be able to fill you in on the local ukulele scene. Just send me an email with...
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    As a builder, with a D shape neck, the top of the...

    As a builder, with a D shape neck, the top of the fretboard is the widest part of the neck. With a C shape, the widest part of the neck is below the fretboard. Think of tumble home on the sides of...
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    Actually, both POC and AYC are not cedars, they...

    Actually, both POC and AYC are not cedars, they are closely related members of the cypress family. And their aroma is most prominent when freshly cut. The best quality of them is their stability vs....
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    You should smell one with a Port Orford cedar or...

    You should smell one with a Port Orford cedar or Alaska yellow cedar top and linings.
    Brad
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    My intention is to help beginning arch top...

    My intention is to help beginning arch top builders avoid the many pitfalls inherent in this kind of construction. My first arch top guitar, I used an X brace to arch the back into shape rather than...
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    For the record, my plans are designed for nylon...

    For the record, my plans are designed for nylon strings. In my 37 years of building I have completed 407 fretted instruments. Of those, approximately 150 were carved top mandos, 9 were arch top...
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