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    When I take a break from building ukulele. A koa...

    When I take a break from building ukulele. A koa Irish whistle in the key of D.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/nEdaCYoSrfgtiqXY6

    Brad
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    If a customer was to propose this to me, I would...

    If a customer was to propose this to me, I would suggest an extended scale baritone (22”), with body dimensions of 15” long, 11” wide and 1/4” deeper body than usual. Base price with a H. mahogany...
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    When I initially started the project I was...

    When I initially started the project I was concerned about the cost of tuners. I went so far as to design some do it yourself friction tuners from common hardware items. The solution was found on...
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    The cost per instrument is based on a number of...

    The cost per instrument is based on a number of people getting together and pooling their resources to buy the wood, tuners and fret wire. And I think you would now be looking at around $15 per uke....
  5. It does not appear to be koa to me. It appears to...

    It does not appear to be koa to me. It appears to have been stained, common with mahogany and that would be my best guess as to the wood.
    Brad
  6. Thread: sound hole

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    I suggest that you build a ukulele with a very...

    I suggest that you build a ukulele with a very small sound hole. Measure the body resonance and note the balance of notes from low to high. Enlarge the sound hole and repeat. That way you have...
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    Sam Bonanno is the current owner of Larry’s Music...

    Sam Bonanno is the current owner of Larry’s Music in Kapaa on Kauai. You may try contacting him.
    Brad
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    Yesterday I decided to try resawing from the...

    Yesterday I decided to try resawing from the backside of the billet, so I could compare methods. I will admit to being a little dim yesterday and did not understand Bobs method of resetting the...
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    Thanks very much Bob. I was aware of the method...

    Thanks very much Bob. I was aware of the method of resawing off the back side of the billet, but do not do so because of the need to reset the fence for every cut. Maybe as you say there is an easy...
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    OK, moving on to some less mundane things. I am...

    OK, moving on to some less mundane things. I am building this ukulele at a friends request for a Christmas present for his wife. I know that Jonah Kumalae made some concert sized ukulele back then....
  11. Thread: sound hole

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    I spent the first 20 years of my building career...

    I spent the first 20 years of my building career making arch top mandos and guitars. One of the last operations you perform is to slowly enlarge the F holes to tune the frequency response of the...
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    Not to be a wet blanket, but the growth rings...

    Not to be a wet blanket, but the growth rings seem to be too wide to be useful as brace material. I have had a number of Sitka spruce about 3 feet in diameter cut down across the street from my house...
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    And as always, best to practice on some scrap...

    And as always, best to practice on some scrap wood to get a feel for things.
    Brad
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    Hey Ken, I discovered the drift bar for the fence...

    Hey Ken, I discovered the drift bar for the fence some years ago when my Sears Craftsman 12” finally died after 30 some years. The bar came with the 14” Rikon that I replaced it with. I find it is...
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    https://photos.app.goo.gl/tGJqkL31DTYyf4Tm7 Here...

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/tGJqkL31DTYyf4Tm7
    Here are the pics I meant to post above. Six slices nominally .100” thick from a 2” x 5.5” x 16” piece of koa gave me enough for two complete vintage...
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    Some Mundane Luthier Work

    Needed to resaw some koa for some vintage model concerts this morning. Found a good billet measuring 2
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    Some years ago I picked up a Martin soprano from...

    Some years ago I picked up a Martin soprano from the 30s with a badly crazed finish that was flaking off in places. I sprayed a couple of light coats of shellac to weld things together followed by...
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    Rather than tung oil, I would go with shellac....

    Rather than tung oil, I would go with shellac. Shellac will stick to both the old finish and the bare wood, but most importantly, any new finish applied later will stick to the shellac.
    Brad
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    I think your best bet is to seek a custom build....

    I think your best bet is to seek a custom build. There are a number of small custom builders out there ( not as many as there used be) that could undertake such a project at a cost that may be much...
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    I will see if I can fill in some of the blanks...

    I will see if I can fill in some of the blanks for you. First of all, you need to understand that wood is not an engineered material. Instrument factories crank out large amounts of parts produced by...
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    I would normally be in Cannon Beach this time of...

    I would normally be in Cannon Beach this time of year, but with Covid 19, we decided to remain on Kauai this summer. So I have been busy building ukulele and we are well. Thanks for your concern....
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    Like Ken, I feel that if it’s good enough for...

    Like Ken, I feel that if it’s good enough for Martin, it’s good enough for me. The vast majority of my ukulele have had ebony saddles and nuts. And a further note, most mandolin saddles are rosewood...
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    Something to consider, it has been a year and a...

    Something to consider, it has been a year and a half since I made a thickness sander using a bench drill press, 4.5” drum with Velcro sanding belt attachment and a 2x4 and plywood frame. Yes, it is...
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    Thanks very much Brad and Dennis for posting pics...

    Thanks very much Brad and Dennis for posting pics of your instruments, very nice work on both of your parts. I have been playing around some, here are some pics of some decorating ideas and my very...
  25. Thread: Ginseng-lele?

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    Aloha Ahnko, if it is just a little less than an...

    Aloha Ahnko, if it is just a little less than an eighth of an inch thick, you should not need any bracing. I use 1/8” birch craft plywood for my Youthalele and no bracing is required. If it is closer...
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