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    I'm going to get on my fretboard oil soapbox for...

    I'm going to get on my fretboard oil soapbox for a minute. I've mentioned this before on this forum and I know some people will disagree, but I think it's an important educational point, so here...
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    There are a lot of nuances to how this pandemic...

    There are a lot of nuances to how this pandemic is affecting businesses and industries. Frankly I'm a little surprised about GC. I know they've been circling the drain for a while now, but the...
  3. At it's simplest, installing a piezo pickup...

    At it's simplest, installing a piezo pickup generally means drilling one small hole in the saddle slot (which gets totally hidden by the saddle), and replacing the endpin/strap button with an endpin...
  4. Those frets don't really look that big to me....

    Those frets don't really look that big to me. Bigger than many uke frets perhaps, but not gigantic in the grand scheme. I don't think the fret size is really an inherent part of the flush style,...
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    How thick is your top? What's your sanding...

    How thick is your top? What's your sanding technique like? I'm assuming that you're talking about finish sanding the assembled instrument?

    I think titch is basically correct. A top (especially...
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    If you're keeping your instrument clean...

    If you're keeping your instrument clean (microfiber cloth, tiny bit of hot water if you need it), and at the right humidity, you really don't need to put anything at all on the fretboard.
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    One thing to consider, though it depends on your...

    One thing to consider, though it depends on your headstock design. Since that rod appears to have round nuts at each end (instead of a square block) it could be made easily removable, if you're...
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    LMI's instrument glue which is similar to...

    LMI's instrument glue which is similar to titebond.
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    Yes, the face of the nut gets aligned with the...

    Yes, the face of the nut gets aligned with the edge of the fretboard.
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    If this weekend goes to plan, I should have this...

    If this weekend goes to plan, I should have this batch finished in time for Christmas shopping!

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=130751&stc=1
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    I use those same generic blue-wrapped rods all...

    I use those same generic blue-wrapped rods all the time in basses and guitars, and I don't do anything special to prevent rattles. If the slot is the right dimension there's really no need. Sometimes...
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    Someone needs to photoshop a picture of Bones...

    Someone needs to photoshop a picture of Bones holding a bottle of nail polish remover...
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    And a lefty, if those are fretting calluses!

    And a lefty, if those are fretting calluses!
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    19mm is more than thick enough for a typical...

    19mm is more than thick enough for a typical truss rod - as long as you have 3 - 4 mm behind the rod you're fine. I think you'll find your plan to end up with a total thickness of 30 - 35mm will feel...
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    A bar for reinforcement certainly won't hurt. It...

    A bar for reinforcement certainly won't hurt. It may contribute to neck dive, though on such a short neck that's not really an issue. FWIW I make short scale classical guitar necks at a slightly...
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    When I leave edges unbound, I chamfer them with a...

    When I leave edges unbound, I chamfer them with a 1/4" roundover router bit, set such that the cutting edge protrudes about .08" below the router base - this results in a nice small chamfer that's...
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    Do you have some instruments you like that you...

    Do you have some instruments you like that you can measure for final dimensions?

    My tenor neck blanks start at 15mm thick at the nut and 18mm thick right before the heel. Finished dimensions are...
  18. There's no shame in admitting you don't know what...

    There's no shame in admitting you don't know what you want. Generally, any pickup will work with any amp. You just might not like the sound you get out! For the most part, the "safest" approach in...
  19. If you're unable to try before you buy and unsure...

    If you're unable to try before you buy and unsure if you'll be able to nail this at your first try, consider buying used, name-brand gear - for the most part, used name-brand gear in good shape has a...
  20. What's your budget? What sort of sound do you...

    What's your budget?

    What sort of sound do you want - something that sounds like a normal acoustic uke, but louder? Or something that sounds more like an electric guitar?

    What, if anything, do...
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    What part of the neck construction has you...

    What part of the neck construction has you stumped? Just the overall process, or some step in particular?
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    Koa machines pretty easily - With a good router...

    Koa machines pretty easily - With a good router setup I wouldn't hesitate to go for it. A downcut bit will reduce the chance you get any issues, and climb cutting the sections where the grain changes...
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    What a beautiful tool! I'm officially jealous!

    What a beautiful tool! I'm officially jealous!
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    Zero fret is a great idea, more elegant than a...

    Zero fret is a great idea, more elegant than a string tree.
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    What about putting a string tree/string retainer...

    What about putting a string tree/string retainer right behind the nut? Could even just be a tiny screw with a bushing on it to act as a post to bend the string around versus having the bend happen...
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