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  1. Thread: Back & Bracing?

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    An arch is definately desirable and I dare say a...

    An arch is definately desirable and I dare say a requirement. It will raise or relax with changes in humidity, so makes the instrument less prone to having the back split. Similar would be said for...
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  3. Master Grade Blackwood - Lutz Tenor with Scrimshaw Inlay

    Another one from the last group of instruments.

    Blackwood with Lutz and Babinga bindings. Ebony fret board, peg head veneers and bridge. I'm loving using Vintage bone nut and saddle for the warm...
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  5. Slot Head Tenor - Blackwood and Lutz - Picture Set

    One of a group of 4 instruments using the same Australian Blackwood for all of them. This with a Lutz Spruce soundboard, Waverly tuners. Babinga bindings and strung with Thomastik Infeld and Saverz...
  6. Thread: Glueing braces

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    As Graham said. Not one pro builder that I'm...

    As Graham said. Not one pro builder that I'm aware of would use epoxy to glue braces unless it's in combination with carbon fibre. Titebond original (Red Cap) is perfectly acceptable and probably the...
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    I bought mine off eBay. Just looked up the...

    I bought mine off eBay. Just looked up the listing I used. The forum software won't allow me to post a link to it. Thinks it's spam.

    Both those dispensers look like mine. I got it off ebay for...
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    Hahahahaha......Yes the tape dispenser is the...

    Hahahahaha......Yes the tape dispenser is the star.

    This is the second one I've owned. This model is by for superior to the last one because of the automatic feed option. The last one you had to...
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    Purfling install - Video

    Nothing really earth shattering here if you do this full time, but those that are just starting out might find it helpfull and interesting.


    https://youtu.be/4WgqbFcsUdk
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    That's a 13.75" scale length and fits a standard...

    That's a 13.75" scale length and fits a standard soprano case. I don't build anything smaller than that.
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    I sent two sopranos the The Ukululele Site. One...

    I sent two sopranos the The Ukululele Site. One has already sold back to a previous client in Melbourne. The other is still available. You can see and hear sound sample here.
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    It has cavernous pores to fill as well.

    It has cavernous pores to fill as well.
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    Yes, actually plugged in it works a treat.

    Yes, actually plugged in it works a treat.
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    Here is a sound sample of the Huon Pine soprano....

    Here is a sound sample of the Huon Pine soprano.


    https://player.vimeo.com/video/354352512?byline=0&portrait=0&color=fff8c6
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    Cut to shape and then bend.

    Cut to shape and then bend.
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    For all international orders I always use Express...

    For all international orders I always use Express Post International and have never had a problem.

    Delivery is usually 3-5 business days depending on location. Customs into the EU is the only time...
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    Tenor Air - Picture Set

    I was asked to build this One of a kind ukulele (Ooaku) so the gentelman could practice on an instrument that had the same physical dimensions as his Koaloha, but be pretty much totally silent unless...
  18. Thread: Fret slot chisel

    by Allen
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    You might want to try my method out Pete. I...

    You might want to try my method out Pete.

    I so my fret boards at the front of my CNC so its easy to get to and I cut the purfling slot and inlay the purfling before I cut the fret slots. Never...
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    Yeh, I made it after seeing a very nice...

    Yeh, I made it after seeing a very nice commercial built one for guitars. As most things for ukes, to work right they need to be a fair bit smaller to function correctly.
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    Thanks for letting me now Ken. That's what...

    Thanks for letting me now Ken. That's what happens when you get one of those annoying tellemarketing phone calls when you're concentrating. I've reposted the video.
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    End Graft Install - Video

    I get asked often how I manage to inlay the tapered shape of my end grafts so cleanly. It's pretty quick and easy with the set up I've built to fit my particular shape. Though dialing in everything...
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    If you haven't used a bending iron then you had...

    If you haven't used a bending iron then you had better get one and start learning. I'd consider it a pretty much indispensable item in a luthiers shop even if it's only to touch up the shape of some...
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    I bend on the iron first and then set the shape...

    I bend on the iron first and then set the shape in the bender with a heat blanket. My bender handles both sides at the same time. I can easily do 4 sets in a day if I chose to.
  24. Thread: Veneer softener

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    I got it from Carbatec.....Only good if you are...

    I got it from Carbatec.....Only good if you are in Australia or N.Z.
  25. Thread: Veneer softener

    by Allen
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    So I got some veneer softener because of an...

    So I got some veneer softener because of an upcoming project that I know will be rather difficult to bend. But today I had a set of extrremely curly Australian Blackwood that I've built with quite a...
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