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  1. I can verify your concerns with torrified spruce:...

    I can verify your concerns with torrified spruce:
    extremely brittle
    subject to tearout fracture - major multiple fracture in my case
    subject to bending/curling


    On the other hand, it is...
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    Best to you too, Ken Cheers, Erich

    Best to you too, Ken

    Cheers, Erich
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    and has been done on classical guitars, jazz...

    and has been done on classical guitars, jazz guitars, western guitars ....
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    Good thing you're not running an ice cream shop -...

    Good thing you're not running an ice cream shop - when you tell people the pointy end has to go up.....
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    Indeed, Ken. I made one years ago based on your...

    Indeed, Ken. I made one years ago based on your drawings.

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    Haven't used it in quite a while though, having switched to the rubbed joint fraction. But it does make a nice conversation...
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    Thanks for your replies, everyone. Actually...

    Thanks for your replies, everyone.

    Actually the origin of the phrase is not that I heard it but that I was looking for something that sounded like [ʃɪl'tauɐ] (for the non-linguists that would be:...
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    Thanks to all for your help. @Hippie Guy:...

    Thanks to all for your help.

    @Hippie Guy: It's not so much about what I wanted to say but started with how it should sound and then I looked it up some time ago and found something like "light...
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    Help with a Hawaiian phrase

    I am looking for someone who speaks Hawaiian well and could help me find a phrase in Hawaiian that sounds right, even to native Hawaiians.

    The phrase I have found that sounds right (phonetically)...
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    Same here. I've been using spruce and cedar tops...

    Same here. I've been using spruce and cedar tops almost exclusively for years, except for a couple of all mahogany builds.
  10. What mix of shellac:alcohol do you use for the...

    What mix of shellac:alcohol do you use for the brush-on? I've tried it with the standard mix that I use for FP, but found that it left streaks and also tended to drip over the edges, so I gave up on...
  11. Good point with the resonant frequency of the...

    Good point with the resonant frequency of the box.

    Unfortunately I can't check for you, as I pulled that uke apart a few years ago, thinking that I would try to find a way of making it ring...
  12. Yeah, or how about the dashboard of your car......

    Yeah, or how about the dashboard of your car... Mmmmmm, so nice.

    Anyway, Beau, your vision and your work are awe-inspiring!

    For me it's always a compromise between the scintillating picture in...
  13. Please ignore the formula and calculation used in...

    Please ignore the formula and calculation used in my previous post.

    The basic conclusions, I believe, are still correct


    that a 1/8 x 1/2 inch bar is not the best choice
    and that...
  14. Alas, Chuck, you are mistaken. To me, it's...

    Alas, Chuck, you are mistaken. To me, it's easiest to show this in in mm, not in inches, for some reason - probably because you don't need to square fractional values:

    1/8 in = 3.175 mm, squared...
  15. Anyone remember the "Fun Builds"?

    A few years ago, we had a project going here on UU that involved different members collaborating to build ukes together for a good cause. The first build was completed successfully and awarded by UU...
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    +1 A strap is exactly what I was going to...

    +1 A strap is exactly what I was going to suggest. The strap buttons are invasive, but so be it.
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    OK, but then you could stay with tenor scale...

    OK, but then you could stay with tenor scale length and just increase the box size (kinda like what you get with a dreadnought guitar) but.... box size isn't just about volume, it also affects the...
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    I can't imagine why you would want to tune a...

    I can't imagine why you would want to tune a baritone up to GCEA, but the basic rule of thumb for down-tuning is to increase the gauge one step for a single half-tone and two steps for two or three...
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    Another way to make rosettes yourself, though not...

    Another way to make rosettes yourself, though not recommended if you're in a hurry.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5KgPLT8ywQ
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    Sieht lecker aus und klingt wirklich toll - je...

    Sieht lecker aus und klingt wirklich toll - je später der Abend, desto jazziger die Ukulele.

    I've been a fan of your ukes for a long time. Love the sound holes on this one. I've tried oak a few...
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    I've got several sets of very nice rosewood pins...

    I've got several sets of very nice rosewood pins from the Bezdez store on eBay Canada (http://stores.ebay.ca/bezdez/). Shipping was kinda pricey, but all in all I didn't spend any more than if I had...
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    They sound like tough negotiators, maybe you...

    They sound like tough negotiators, maybe you could offer them a truce of some kind, like "for every A you get in school I'll take a day off playing the ukulele" :D "Dad, how are we supposed to get...
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    Thanks Sven, the cutaway tenor, Pauline, is now...

    Thanks Sven, the cutaway tenor, Pauline, is now my favorite by far - she's the one I play every day :music:

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    As I pointed out in the recent thread on wood vs. plastic...
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    Haha, interesting idea with the teeth - others...

    Haha, interesting idea with the teeth - others have seen an owl, a tribal mask, a boat, and so on in the "Skipper's" design.

    To give you all a little background on this uke:

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    Group photos

    Time is short, so I'm just going to post these two group photos of some more recent builds. They are in chronological order from left to right. May I introduce....

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