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    Ebony pricing can be funny and is highly...

    Ebony pricing can be funny and is highly dependent on size. When I want ebony for a uke, I buy a stack of reject blanks from allen guitar:

    https://www.allenguitar.com/sale.htm

    Their reject...
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    LMI has tenor scale fretboards in rosewood and...

    LMI has tenor scale fretboards in rosewood and ebony, all ready to go:

    https://www.lmii.com/179-pre-slotted-pre-radiused-fingerboards/s-131/scale_length-170_or_4318mm_scale_length

    Not a...
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    That's because there's a default amount of...

    That's because there's a default amount of compensation built in to every new instrument - the bridge is purposefully located slightly further back than the nominal scale length.

    Intonation...
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    Good luck! Be methodical. Focus on learning a...

    Good luck!

    Be methodical. Focus on learning a process rather than just filing things. There is no magic fine motor skill required for this kind of work, it's just about being methodical, focusing...
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    Redwood is gorgeous and has a good variation in...

    Redwood is gorgeous and has a good variation in color and grain pattern which gives you some artistic choice in the matter. It sounds great, it's fairly easy to work (although it can be brittle), and...
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    Considered too soft by whom? Redwood is my most...

    Considered too soft by whom? Redwood is my most commonly used top wood. I don't find it too soft at all. If anything it's harder than some other top woods in use. And I also don't feel that I've...
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    eclipsme, what blade are you using now? I've...

    eclipsme, what blade are you using now?

    I've come to really like the woodslicer blades from Highland. There are a few other saw shops using the same stock to make blades under different names....
  8. Thread: Re-Saw day

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    Think of the difference in appearance of snow and...

    Think of the difference in appearance of snow and ice - a finished piece of wood is like ice, it's a somewhat uniform surface for light to interact with. Whereas unfinished wood is more like snow,...
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    Yes, the templates are essential to this approach...

    Yes, the templates are essential to this approach to building. The body is rough cut about 1/16" oversize on a band saw, then trimmed with a pattern bit in a router, using the template to guide the...
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    Templates and two in progress instruments for a...

    Templates and two in progress instruments for a new tenor design I'm working on - one solid body version and one semi hollow.
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    Starting templates and layout work for a new...

    Starting templates and layout work for a new design, a semi hollow electric tenor uke.
    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=132283&stc=1
  12. Thread: Re-Saw day

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    Many moons ago, when I was deeply interested in...

    Many moons ago, when I was deeply interested in traditional hand-powered woodworking, and wanted nothing to do with modern gadgets or electricity, I had made a "shop humidity gauge" out of a cross...
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    Thank you! The redwood and myrtle uke in the...

    Thank you!

    The redwood and myrtle uke in the original post here has been sold, so I'll close the thread. I do still have a few others in stock (spruce and walnut, and two spruce and curly...
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    I bet if you googled "fretboard radius template...

    I bet if you googled "fretboard radius template printable" you'd get a number of results! Then you could print and cut them out and you wouldn't have to worry about drawing them accurately if you're...
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    I think the other half to that equation is having...

    I think the other half to that equation is having the right process for the tool. I agree it would be incredibly frustrating to try to use torch tip cleaners as actual files to file slots. Or even to...
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    I use the welding tip cleaner style files for...

    I use the welding tip cleaner style files for guitar and uke sized strings. If you're just adjusting a slot in a precut nut, they're more than adequate. For a new nut, I start the slot with either a...
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    Yes, turn it into a feature!

    Yes, turn it into a feature!
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    When you check out at Amazon, you can choose to...

    When you check out at Amazon, you can choose to deliver to an "Amazon Locker", which is basically the same idea as the services mentioned above. I live in the middle of nowhere and have several to...
  19. Or just make your own from scratch! It's not as...

    Or just make your own from scratch! It's not as hard as it sounds (and probably easier than sawing up a completed uke like you were asking), there are good kits, books, and forums out there to help...
  20. Thread: Drum sanders

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    That 18" grizzly was on my shortlist when I...

    That 18" grizzly was on my shortlist when I bought the Jet, but a) it was constantly out of stock, and b) I decided I couldn't really afford to give up the floor space for a big 200-some pound...
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    There are potential issues on unfinished wood as...

    There are potential issues on unfinished wood as well - although they're less likely to be issues on ukes, since ukes need serious fretboard work (binding or fret replacement) less often than other...
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    Speaking as a builder and repair tech, I don't...

    Speaking as a builder and repair tech, I don't use lemon oil on my instruments. It can cause issues with repair or refinish work down the road. Surfaces with oil buildup on them won't take new finish...
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    In my experience 33 mm is a little narrow but not...

    In my experience 33 mm is a little narrow but not unheard of.

    Measure the distance between the two outermost strings. See if you can find the string spacing for the nuts you're considering, and...
  24. Yes, my concern would be more about damage to the...

    Yes, my concern would be more about damage to the edge of the hole than about the actual structural integrity of the instrument.
  25. I won't comment on the soundport being on the...

    I won't comment on the soundport being on the lower bout because I've never built one that way. I suppose it would be easy to try and see how you feel about it. But in many cheap ukes, the when the...
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