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    East fix: The students who broke your ukulele...

    East fix: The students who broke your ukulele should chip in to buy you a new one.
  2. Forgot to mention that Allied is having a...

    Forgot to mention that Allied is having a pre-moving sale. Until 9/13, take a one-time-only 30% discount on on most Weekly Special items (excludes Brazilian) with the code MOVING! (Don't forget the...
  3. Allied Lutherie Changes Ownership... And Coasts

    Just announced: tonewood supplier Allied Lutherie has been purchased by my friend Adam Buchwald, proprietor of Circle Strings and Iris Guitars in Burlington, VT. Adam is moving Allied's warehouse and...
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    This is where I live, and these are my neighbors....

    This is where I live, and these are my neighbors.

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    I get very good results on nitro using microfiber...

    I get very good results on nitro using microfiber bonnets on a 6" handheld orbital buffer from Home Depot. While I lust after S-M's buffing machine, I have no room for it in the shop.
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    Does this tool work for narrow/low fretwire?

    Does this tool work for narrow/low fretwire?
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    Try a precut inlay from DePaule Supply...

    Try a precut inlay from DePaule Supply. Click on the link and search for moon.
  8. Thread: easing an edge

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    Install an arm rest. 115375

    Install an arm rest.
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  9. Thread: Side thickness?

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    Be like Chuck. Chuck knows what he is talking...

    Be like Chuck. Chuck knows what he is talking about. No reason for sides to be too thin, except the fear of bending.
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    I'm also in New York, not too far from you. I...

    I'm also in New York, not too far from you. I humidify my basement shop in the winter and dehumidify in the summer. Not sure how effective a humidifier will be in a garage, but it's probably worth a...
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    I work so hard to make sure all the wood is at 6%...

    I work so hard to make sure all the wood is at 6% moisture content or less. I understand that soaking increases the pliability temporarily, but surely it will lead to problems down the road as the...
  12. Thread: Resonator Cover

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    I've been down that road. Do not attach the...

    I've been down that road. Do not attach the strings directly to the cover as designed. They will break even if you attempt to remove the burrs from the string holes. Instead, make a simple wooden tie...
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    Or, you can just use one of these router bits ...

    Or, you can just use one of these router bits and throw away the complicated jigs.
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    Thanks for posting. I'm in the same boat re: lack...

    Thanks for posting. I'm in the same boat re: lack of space, and I've been wanting to do this for some time. Question: How much did the parts cost in total?
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    IMO, plastic bindings are much easier to fit to...

    IMO, plastic bindings are much easier to fit to the curves of a ukulele without gaps. Also, no pre-bending needed. I defy anyone to tell the difference between black plastic and ebony under finish....
  16. Thread: 'Shade' finishes

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    Sorry, Pete, But there is no such thing as...

    Sorry, Pete, But there is no such thing as sprayed French Polish. French Polish is a technique for applying shellac with a pad. If you're spraying shellac, you're just spraying shellac.
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    Damn. I wish I had your machining skllls, Ken....

    Damn. I wish I had your machining skllls, Ken. The threads on my Jet 10-20 recently stripped after 7 years of use, and I scrapped it and bought a new one. We'll see how long this one lasts.
  18. Thread: Heat blanket

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    Yes. I use a 6" wide guitar-size heat blanket....

    Yes. I use a 6" wide guitar-size heat blanket. The benefit is that you can bend both ukulele sides at the same time.
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    Hi Andrea. Don't glue the saddle. Just put it...

    Hi Andrea. Don't glue the saddle. Just put it back where it was and let the strings hold it down. If it is too floppy in the slot, apply masking tape to both sides of the saddle for a snug, but not...
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    I've got one. It makes a good storage table. I...

    I've got one. It makes a good storage table. I don't use it for lutherie.
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    Any easy way to reinforce the area around the...

    Any easy way to reinforce the area around the sound port is to use cheese cloth. Simply cut a piece that conforms to the width of the sides between the linings, lay it down, and brush on some hot...
  22. Thread: Koa wood

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    You're thinking of Hawaiian Hardwoods Direct...

    You're thinking of Hawaiian Hardwoods Direct.
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    Very hard question to answer. Best I can say is...

    Very hard question to answer. Best I can say is several thousand dollars. If you only plan to make one, you're better off working with an established builder to make one to your specifications. If...
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    Curly and flame are the same thing. They refer to...

    Curly and flame are the same thing. They refer to the visible presence of medullary rays, aka the tiger stripey effect, and typically appears only in quartersawn lumber. Figured is something...
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    This one draws a crowd every year: The Woodstock...

    This one draws a crowd every year: The Woodstock Luthiers Invitational Showcase
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