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    Cutting the pockets for the floral inlay on the...

    Cutting the pockets for the floral inlay on the fretboard. Now I'm really done for the day.

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    A bit more CNC work this morning, milling the...

    A bit more CNC work this morning, milling the peghead routing template.

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    I used my cheapo benchtop CNC mill to cut the...

    I used my cheapo benchtop CNC mill to cut the split saddle bridge for the kiku. It took many trial runs and numerous pieces of scrap wood before I was satisfied with the size of the bridge enough to...
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    I've watched that interview a couple of times...

    I've watched that interview a couple of times over the past couple of days to make sure I didn't miss anything. When I built my first uke, a StewMac tenor kit, I wanted to deck it out with bindings...
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    Pretty good progress on the kiku neck today. The...

    Pretty good progress on the kiku neck today. The images in order:

    1. Comparing a fully squared and sanded scarf joint to the mating half that has been rough cut with a hand saw.

    2. Neck pieces...
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    First dry assembled look at the tenor ukulele...

    First dry assembled look at the tenor ukulele from the above post which I built mainly from spare stuff I had laying around the shop. I'm planning to gift this to someone I know who had expressed...
  7. Nice solo in that clip, Mitch. Welcome to UU.

    Nice solo in that clip, Mitch. Welcome to UU.
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    This is what insomnia looks like in the wee hours...

    This is what insomnia looks like in the wee hours of a Sunday morning. Down in the shop doing some decluttering, and rechecking all of my measurements before I begin gluing things to the bottom of...
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    Jay's kiku in the link Bill posted has the...

    Jay's kiku in the link Bill posted has the re-entrant E & A. He suggested the .029 and .024 strings when I asked him for a recommendation on the re-entrant E & A strings for my build.

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    After an e-mail exchange with master luthier Jay...

    After an e-mail exchange with master luthier Jay Lichty, I've settled on my kiku strings. As Jay has several kikus in his lineup, I thought I'd see if he had any recommendation for my re-entrant...
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    The glue residue cleaned up nicely, and I've...

    The glue residue cleaned up nicely, and I've started working out the bracing scheme. I'm using a similar brace layout to what Jay Lichty uses on his long scale tenors, with a slanted rear transverse...
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    One final post for the day . . . couldn't stay...

    One final post for the day . . . couldn't stay out of the shop. I sanded the rosette flush with the top this evening and gave it a wash coat of shellac to see how it would look when finished. I have...
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    A bit more work on the rosette today, as well as...

    A bit more work on the rosette today, as well as bending one of the kiku sides. The rosette is glued in place, but I still need to sand it flush. I also worked on cleaning up the bindings on my tenor...
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    I had a very productive day in the shop. In...

    I had a very productive day in the shop. In addition to the work on the kiku that I mentioned in my build thread, I ripped some narrow Rosewood bindings, cut the channels, and bent/glued the bindings...
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    Good progress today. I made a segmented rosette...

    Good progress today. I made a segmented rosette from quartersawn spalted Sycamore, and also ripped + thickness sanded the binding strips from the same wood. I still need to cut the channel for the...
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    Didn't have as much shop time today, but I did...

    Didn't have as much shop time today, but I did rough cut the peghead overlay, using tracing paper tack glued to the piece as a guide. Wood is quartersawn spalted Sycamore, two bookmatched pieces cut...
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    Sanding the reverse linings flush with the body,...

    Sanding the reverse linings flush with the body, stopping often to check my progress.

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    Looks like it turned out well.

    Looks like it turned out well.
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    The weather was beautiful here today, so I threw...

    The weather was beautiful here today, so I threw open the garage and spent much of the morning and afternoon making sawdust - with proper safety gear and dust collection. I jointed the Walnut sides,...
  20. I have a steel string baritone uke I completed...

    I have a steel string baritone uke I completed building a year or so ago. Back and sides are Bay Laurel (aka Oregon Myrtle). Not only is the figure very attractive, but the case has a delightful...
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    It depends on the wood for me. The basswood...

    It depends on the wood for me. The basswood reverse kerfed linings worked fine after wetting and pre-bending as I showed above; the Spanish Cedar and Mahogany linings I made of the same size and type...
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    I've tried it that way, too.

    I've tried it that way, too.
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    Pre-bending a reverse lining strip by wetting it...

    Pre-bending a reverse lining strip by wetting it and clamping it to the outside of the tenor body for a few hours. I learned the idea from a Robert O'Brien "Luthier Tips" video.

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    I made another mock-up to work out string spacing...

    I made another mock-up to work out string spacing and bridge location. Overall length will be 31 3/4", neck width at nut 1 7/8", at 14th fret 2 5/32". The Rosewood bridge shown is a reject from a...
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    It looks like when I was editing to correct a...

    It looks like when I was editing to correct a misspelling, I accidentally deleted my last post. Thanks to all who've responded. I haven't been able to get in the shop today, but I did do a paper...
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