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    Tahitian ukuleles have a lively, unique sound,...

    Tahitian ukuleles have a lively, unique sound, best expressed When outfitted with the traditional 8 strings. By their nature they are supposed to have a bright, thin, almost tin can sound. With the...
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    That’s nice work Ken. I’ll continue to slice my...

    That’s nice work Ken. I’ll continue to slice my home baked French bread on the bandsaw though. ;)
  3. Cut and wrap a piece of 1/4” tape around the...

    Cut and wrap a piece of 1/4” tape around the shaft of your bit. That’ll create a flag that will keep the dust away as you rout.
    I’ve tried the the scribe and chalk method or outlining but have...
  4. Hey Chuck, In a world where hand craftsmanship is...

    Hey Chuck, In a world where hand craftsmanship is slowly being lost by machine work, I suggest you do this by hand. CNC machines are great for production work but overkill for individual inlays. ...
  5. It can be done either way although I believe most...

    It can be done either way although I believe most inlay artists will slot first and inlay around them. For me it depends on the extent of the inlay. If it’s a small piece it’s easy to inlay after...
  6. Poll: I use both. If all things are the same between...

    I use both. If all things are the same between the two of them, and I’m not saying they are, I haven’t read any mention about the weight difference between them, which is considerable. The...
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    Sounds like you got some rotted, or at best...

    Sounds like you got some rotted, or at best spalted, koa.
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    Maybe it’s just me but I’ve never had that...

    Maybe it’s just me but I’ve never had that problem. Spruce or cedar? Sure. But never with koa. Maybe it was unique to that particular set of koa. I also pore filled with CA.
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    Seems like we posted at the same time Buzz! Hope...

    Seems like we posted at the same time Buzz! Hope things are groovy for you in Kauai. :)
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    Koa is a wood that defies generalization. It can...

    Koa is a wood that defies generalization. It can be light or heavy, stiff or floppy, soft or extremely dense. As far as appearance goes, some of the fancier kind might be better off as jewelry...
  11. I’ve never used “transparent” glue. But here’s a...

    I’ve never used “transparent” glue. But here’s a trick I learned from building furniture where you sometimes need to correct minor imperfections. When wood dust gets wet it usually turns it a darker...
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    No, it’s not just you. I’ve been known to do...

    No, it’s not just you. I’ve been known to do that despite clearly marking the top with arrows. I think part of the problem is that some of us who have built so many ukes sometime leave out the...
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    And you’re forgetting about all the waste at the...

    And you’re forgetting about all the waste at the sawmill getting that finished board to you.
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    Chuck, bracing and top thickness always have to...

    Chuck, bracing and top thickness always have to be considered together. Being as you don’t have much experience to fall back on, you have to start somewhere and it looks like your bracing may be...
  15. I don’t make mistakes. I make opportunities for...

    I don’t make mistakes.
    I make opportunities for growth! ;)
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    Since you’re not doing this yourself, take the...

    Since you’re not doing this yourself, take the easy way out and buy a rose inlay from DePaule. To make things even easier, inlay it into ebony, rout out the cavity and fill will black ca glue. And...
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    Bob, if I’m not mistaken that’s Ken’s new iPad...

    Bob, if I’m not mistaken that’s Ken’s new iPad Pro. I use mine, along with the iPen to compose art work on it. I’ve gotten that far at least. BTW, the new iPhone Pro Max takes amazing photos and...
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    Beyond you upstanding work, I’m impressed that...

    Beyond you upstanding work, I’m impressed that you can figure out iMovie! I’ve never been able to embrace the new technology. I have a new iPhone Max Pro and I can barely make a phone call on it! ...
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    Chuck, I learned the top deflection method from...

    Chuck, I learned the top deflection method from David Hurd. Too bad you didn’t visit him when you were in Hilo. It is a method used to repeat past successful results. But there’s the rub, you need...
  20. Led loves that ukulele. There’s undoubtedly more...

    Led loves that ukulele. There’s undoubtedly more mileage on that uke than any I’ve ever built. It’s nine years old and still in perfect shape.
  21. If you are serious about becoming a luthier for a...

    If you are serious about becoming a luthier for a living then you gotta read Kent Everett’s (Everett Guitars) book “ How to Make a Living Doing Something Crazy”. Bare bones, down to earth, humorous...
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    The sawdust in the pores will likely turn as dark...

    The sawdust in the pores will likely turn as dark as the surrounding wood once you use any grain filler, sealer or finish.
  23. However you design it, make sure your strings...

    However you design it, make sure your strings clear the ramps. It's a fault I see far too often.
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    I got a new iPad Pro last year, the big version. ...

    I got a new iPad Pro last year, the big version. I love it. It’s replaced my MacBook Pro for most tasks. What I like about it is that I can use it in the shop without worrying about dust...
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    Oh man, you’re right! 0.090”. What a difference...

    Oh man, you’re right! 0.090”. What a difference a decimal point makes!
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