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    Hey Matt, you are correct about what you have...

    Hey Matt, you are correct about what you have read on guitars, and in my experience arch top ukulele generally behave similarly. Although the sustain on most ukulele is rather short compared to a...
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    I have done similar tops a couple of times, and...

    I have done similar tops a couple of times, and they sounded fine. Used a slightly thinner solid mahogany top and glued thin veneer pieces on it. Trick is to avoid the glue used bleeding thru the...
  3. I have enjoyed following this thread and...

    I have enjoyed following this thread and appreciate the thoughtful comments. As a luthier coming up on 40 years of building, most match my experience. Here are a couple of stories from the other...
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    In my opinion, the best way to fix this is to...

    In my opinion, the best way to fix this is to make another bridge patch. Should be hardwood about 1/16” thick. That said the odds of any of your solutions making much difference are low, it is just...
  5. Where the trees are grown is just as important as...

    Where the trees are grown is just as important as the species. Altitude is a critical factor, for both koa and spruce, ideal growing conditions for tone wood are between 2000-3000 ft.
    Bradford
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    Hey saltytri, I have been inactive for a while,...

    Hey saltytri, I have been inactive for a while, but have resolved my health issues and have duplicated my shop on Kauai. Although I will no longer be taking custom orders, I am building again and...
  7. Thread: One mans meat

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    Koa has more variation in its properties than...

    Koa has more variation in its properties than almost any wood I know. I have some that is heavier and harder than most rosewood, and some that is lighter and softer than most mahogany. And speaking...
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    That is really great news. I had to quit...

    That is really great news. I had to quit building for a while because of health issues and it was a painful experience. I am sure that Gordon and Char are happy that their legacy will live on after...
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    I do not see anything wrong with your plan. If...

    I do not see anything wrong with your plan. If you have a copy of Ukulele magazine’s summer issue, the article on J. Chalmers Doane’s Northern ukulele offers another solution. In a similar vein, I...
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    In simple terms, a drum sander consists of a...

    In simple terms, a drum sander consists of a cylinder, 4 to 6 inches in diameter, and 10 to 20 inches long, covered with sand paper and hooked to a motor so it rotates rapidly. A adjustable table is...
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    My best sounding uke is not, unfortunately one...

    My best sounding uke is not, unfortunately one that I built. It is a Martin O style mahogany soprano. Picked it up on EBay a few years ago. It has the decal on the peg head, that they started using...
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    I assume you are looking for a tool to bring the...

    I assume you are looking for a tool to bring the plates down to their proper thickness. The normal electric tool for this job is a drum sander, which you can build yourself or purchase a commercial...
  13. That depends on how skillful you are with hand...

    That depends on how skillful you are with hand tools and whether or not you have a file the right size. If you are reasonably handy, it is not a difficult job. The slot needs to be cut in the same...
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    Nominally my plans call for 5/8” thick, but you...

    Nominally my plans call for 5/8” thick, but you could probably make do with as little as 3/8”, especially if you are talking about a flat board. Bookmatched wedges need to be a bit thicker as you...
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    As a builder, one of the things I strive to avoid...

    As a builder, one of the things I strive to avoid is having the resonant frequency of the body matching that of a note. The frequency of my sopranos tend to be close to middle C, but I make sure...
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    Hey Kurt, thanks much for the welcome, and it is...

    Hey Kurt, thanks much for the welcome, and it is wonderful to hear from you. At the moment I am building whatever strikes my fancy. Just finished a concert with some Maccaferri/Selmer concepts;...
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    Thanks much, it is nice to be back

    Thanks much, it is nice to be back
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    For my arch top guitars and ukulele, I sandwich a...

    For my arch top guitars and ukulele, I sandwich a v shaped piece of mahogany between two pieces of maple, cut at 45 degrees. When shaped the neck looks like a piece of bookmatched maple with a thin...
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    Aloha everyone, this is Bradford and I am...

    Aloha everyone, this is Bradford and I am surprised that this thread is still alive! I have not been on the forum for so long , I forgot my original sign in info, so I set up a new account. I am on...
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    To answer the above question, insurance is...

    To answer the above question, insurance is generally not available in that area.
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    I use molds to build my ukulele and the molds...

    I use molds to build my ukulele and the molds were made from plans that as far as I know were taken from Martin ukes. My vintage model mold was made when a friend loaned me his 1918 Jonah Kumalae...
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