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    Yeah, I agree - too close to the nut. This will...

    Yeah, I agree - too close to the nut. This will lower the break angle of the string, perhaps too much.
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    I have only made a small number of ukes and still...

    I have only made a small number of ukes and still learning, but here is my copy of a soprano Kala travel. I did shorten the head on it, as you can see. Overall length is 20 3/8". I could get it down...
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    The Kala travel uke is already pretty short -...

    The Kala travel uke is already pretty short - just over 21", I believe. This should fit into any 21" carry on, though corner to corner. This is my deff of a travel uke.

    However, if you insist, it...
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    Would it make sense to measure the heights at the...

    Would it make sense to measure the heights at the nut first? If all are the same but high, take it off the bottom of the nut. If uneven, file the slots to where they should be.
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    Cuban Mahogany?

    Cuban Mahogany?
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    Without knowing what the finish is, it is hard to...

    Without knowing what the finish is, it is hard to make good recommendations. However, since it is gloss I will make the (not necessarily correct) assumption that this is a film finish.

    I might...
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    I am not the expert but I think it could be a...

    I am not the expert but I think it could be a slightly high 4th fret under the C string.
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    Ken, Just finished reading through this...

    Ken,
    Just finished reading through this startlingly magnificent tour through the rebuilding of this ukulele.
    All I can really say is, Thanks! I am sure I shall be returning to it many times.
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    Pete Howlett>lol! Not sure what I said to set you...

    Pete Howlett>lol! Not sure what I said to set you off so, but... harsh! I don't believe I ever claimed to be more experienced or knowledgeable than I am. I do have some history in wood working, and...
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    Wow, thanks for the video! So you bend the waist...

    Wow, thanks for the video! So you bend the waist first and then go to the side bender. I had not seen that before. Clever way to backup the wood with a metal strap.

    BTW - Do you find that a tight...
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    I found this thread very helpful, so thank you!...

    I found this thread very helpful, so thank you! Here is how it ended up for me.

    I steam my ribs. Then I begin by bending the rib on my side bender.

    120722

    Once that is in place, I begin...
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    I see you are also building with Spanish Heel...

    I see you are also building with Spanish Heel construction. Cool! I could never get a clear picture of how the ribs get attached to the soundboard in exactly the stage of construction depicted in...
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    This what I thought, and have been doing as well....

    This what I thought, and have been doing as well. Then I started thinking about things like glue creep (Tightbond 1 and 2) and began wondering how much finessing can be done before endangering the...
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    Right. I would agree, but I think others might be...

    Right. I would agree, but I think others might be a bit more perfectionist about this. Thanks for the comment!
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    Thanks! Do you use the .020 or .023?

    Thanks! Do you use the .020 or .023?
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    Springback

    How do you deal with springback when using a side bender? Thanks for the tips!
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    I assume bending machines with blankets? Was...

    I assume bending machines with blankets? Was there no springback when released from the bender?
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    I have never used the iron (though now thinking...

    I have never used the iron (though now thinking of it) but thought that when finished, the side is the correct shape, but then you 'set the shape in the bender'?
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    I don't use a blanket. I use steam but my bender...

    I don't use a blanket. I use steam but my bender is not double wide. Seems like there is a better way to do multiple sides...
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    How long do you leave it in the bender before...

    How long do you leave it in the bender before removing the side? and do you do anything to keep the bend after that or just put it on a shelf until use? ;-}
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    Production Bending

    For those of us that use side benders, how do you go about bending multiple sides in one session? If I want to bend 4 sides (or more), surely I don't need 4 side benders.

    How do you deal with...
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    [QUOTE=Timbuck;2173246]Yes it's an unusual gauge...

    [QUOTE=Timbuck;2173246]Yes it's an unusual gauge and I have not been able to locate another like it.

    A machinist's delight, I am sure!

    BTW - where did you get your fret saw blade from? Thanks.
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    Thank you for that. It helps. I never knew what a...

    Thank you for that. It helps. I never knew what a prick punch was, but perfectly obvious now.

    An 18" vernier would be an excellent tool for this, though not in the budget. I am jealous! And one...
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    Yea, I can see that the the proxxon would help......

    Yea, I can see that the the proxxon would help... a lot.

    I will probably need to move to something like your template tool on a table saw as in the youtube video. I hope you don't mind a few...
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    Hmm... I'll have to up my game to keep from...

    Hmm... I'll have to up my game to keep from cutting the slots too deep. I am hand cutting them. How do you do it?
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