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    Yes, I definitely do that, with any wood.

    Yes, I definitely do that, with any wood.
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    Whisker the wood? That's a new one to me.

    Whisker the wood? That's a new one to me.
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    finishing W R Cedar

    My current uke project has a sinker Western Red Cedar top over bees wing Black Walnut back & sides. I just applied the final coat of resin pore fill on the body, but of course there won't be any pore...
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    Very nice looking, Tom.

    Very nice looking, Tom.
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    Yeah, I have learned that lesson the hard way. My...

    Yeah, I have learned that lesson the hard way. My last couple of instruments I have finished with the bridge location and neck joint area masked off, and I like the results much, much better.
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    While I will likely save this wood for my Winter...

    While I will likely save this wood for my Winter project, it will eventually become a baritone scale guilele. Bear claw Sitka Spruce for the soundboard, Maple for the neck, Ebony for the fretboard...
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    Thanks. Kind of hard to tell now. The strings are...

    Thanks. Kind of hard to tell now. The strings are still going out of tune really fast as I play, but it seems like it will have a nice crisp tone.

    8 3/8" x 6" x 2.5". I've made a soprano and a...
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    Thanks Benjamin.

    Thanks Benjamin.
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    NUD: Kamaka style cigar box uke

    My latest cigar box uke, a concert scale made from a Davis 1886 box and a plank of Black Cherry I rescued and saved when we remodeled one of our rooms back in the early 2000s.The Black Cherry in the...
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    The long finishing process has begun on the...

    The long finishing process has begun on the baritone uke body. The first layer of epoxy resin pore fill has been applied to the back. I'll do the body in stages, first the back, then each of the...
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    The oval ring is fitted in place and will be...

    The oval ring is fitted in place and will be sanded flush once the glue has cured. I left the back open so I can clean up the back of the ring easily. I'm also going to install the Aloha Twin before...
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    You just have to sneak up on the cut, leaving a...

    You just have to sneak up on the cut, leaving a tiny bit of real estate inside the oval, and slowly working at it with a dowel wrapped in coarse sandpaper. Check the fit of the oval often. It's a lot...
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    Making of a sound port. Sticky-backed sandpaper...

    Making of a sound port. Sticky-backed sandpaper is attached to the ukulele upper bought, and a Koa ring rubbed against the sandpaper until it fits the profile of the ukulele body. The sandpaper is...
  14. I basically only play baritone or tenor. I came...

    I basically only play baritone or tenor. I came from a guitar background, and it even took me a while to get used to what I felt was a tiny tenor fretboard. Not long ago I built a soprano, and it was...
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    Thanks. I have a concert cigar box uke with a...

    Thanks. I have a concert cigar box uke with a similar headstock that I will be gluing the bridge on and stringing after I let the finish cure for another week or so. I was inspired to use that shape...
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    My latest baritone ukulele is coming along...

    My latest baritone ukulele is coming along nicely. The neck is finished, and I spent several hours yesterday cleaning up the bindings and making a pair of ukulele bridges, including this one. The...
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    Thanks for the pics, Doug. Looks like a nice...

    Thanks for the pics, Doug. Looks like a nice solution.
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    If you have a table saw, you can easily make...

    If you have a table saw, you can easily make kerfed linings by taking a slab of wood the thickness of the finished lining and making a series of cross-grain cuts from end to end with a thin kerf...
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    The smaller concert scale neck is finished and...

    The smaller concert scale neck is finished and ready to be attached to the body once the finish on the body has cured. The larger baritone scale has several coats of shellac and is well on its way....
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    Yep, I've noticed that things that once really...

    Yep, I've noticed that things that once really bugged me just bring a shrug now. My wife says I obsess too much over my mistakes.
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    Well, I did learn something new today. My pack...

    Well, I did learn something new today. My pack rat habit of holding onto scraps of wood paid off. I trimmed and sanded the test micro dowel I glued in place a couple of hours ago on the neck off-cut,...
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    Thanks Miguel and Mike. I already have a test set...

    Thanks Miguel and Mike. I already have a test set up on my bench, where I cut another dowel from the neck's off-cut, making sure I marked the grain direction, and drilled a same size hole in another...
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    Just the latest in a long line of completely...

    Just the latest in a long line of completely brainless mistakes. This is the back of an otherwise pristine Walnut & Maple neck.

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    filling pinholes

    Anyone out there have a method for invisible repairs in Black Walnut? I have a small pinhole on the underside of a neck I need to fill. The grain is side grain, and I've tried several test pieces...
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    Poll: Since I build my own ukes, I give a qualified...

    Since I build my own ukes, I give a qualified yes. For me, bindings add both beauty and edge protection, but I want them simple. Just a strip of wood without a bunch of accents, and on some...
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