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  1. The first thing you do when you get back from the Moon

    Check out this image sent to me by the photo archivist here at Langley Research Center. It shows Neil Armstrong playing ukulele in the quarantine quarters aboard the USS Hornet after the Apollo 11...
  2. I think it's fun to speculate on what's possible....

    I think it's fun to speculate on what's possible. Just because it hasn't been done before doesn't mean it can't be done!

    Here's a screen shot showing the challenge of making a uke just a few...
  3. Thread: Not Happy

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    Ya know Ken, your cock-ups are better than some...

    Ya know Ken, your cock-ups are better than some makers best work !
  4. Find a friend with a helical cutterhead planer to...

    Find a friend with a helical cutterhead planer to reduce tearout portential.

    I built a simple thicknessing drum sander when I first started building. It was quick and cheap with just a few...
  5. Thread: Vita Uke

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    No worries Ken, good lesson for me to clean up my...

    No worries Ken, good lesson for me to clean up my scribbles before posting!

    Hopefully I can find the time to draw up an actual set of plans on the computer for a Vita uke. Would be good to find a...
  6. Thread: Vita Uke

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    I see what you’re saying. Unfortunately it’s not...

    I see what you’re saying. Unfortunately it’s not clear in my sketch but the six inch measurement of the upper brace is from the bottom of the body, not from the top of the lower brace. These are an...
  7. Thread: Vita Uke

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    Hi Ken, welp it doesn't seem the body measurement...

    Hi Ken, welp it doesn't seem the body measurement is one I'd flub up, but I might have!

    Anyway, I took a Vita uke photo and laid an inch scale over it. You can see it lines up with the 14"...
  8. Thread: Vita Uke

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    An additional page of measurements 120999

    An additional page of measurements

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  9. Thread: Vita Uke

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    The Vita uke has a 14" scale, so it's a little...

    The Vita uke has a 14" scale, so it's a little hard to call it a concert or a soprano. It just is what it is.
  10. Thread: Vita Uke

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    Here's a page of measurements I took from a...

    Here's a page of measurements I took from a lovely Vita uke that came in for repair a few years ago

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    Well if it is koa, then I absolutely stole it! ...

    Well if it is koa, then I absolutely stole it!

    It looks less koa-like sitting between two known koa ukes though. It is a beautiful example of early Martin work, regardless. And it does have the...
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    Now that is boldly going where no man has gone...

    Now that is boldly going where no man has gone before. Gulp :eek:
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    I found a late 1920s style 1 last year. It was...

    I found a late 1920s style 1 last year. It was dark and grungy but after cleaning (and cleaning and cleaning) it's ten shades lighter. A real beauty. A very koa looking mahogany.
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    Are those natural gut, or just vintage nylon...

    Are those natural gut, or just vintage nylon strings?
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    Pete did a thread on this showing his shop built...

    Pete did a thread on this showing his shop built tool. The link is down but maybe he can re-share...
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    This may be a good time to make some laminated...

    This may be a good time to make some laminated sides. There’s certainly no shame in that and plenty of high end classical guitars are made with laminated sides. Bending two or three layers of very...
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    Yep. I use flat wood sticks made of pine. Have...

    Yep. I use flat wood sticks made of pine. Have always thought of making spring loaded dowels, but the sticks work so well, I have never been driven to change.
  18. What was your nut to 12th fret measurement that...

    What was your nut to 12th fret measurement that you multiplied by two in order to get your scale length of 16 and 15/16 ?
  19. I thought you already worked this out Sequoia a...

    I thought you already worked this out Sequoia a couple years ago...

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?121936-A-New-Tenor-Scale-Length&highlight=25.5+inch+scale+length
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    I have two of the StewMac temp/hygrometers, I'm...

    I have two of the StewMac temp/hygrometers, I'm satisfied with them. I bought several of them and kept the ones that were all in agreement and sent the others back. Some read almost 10% different...
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    Nope, it's just glued in place. The string...

    Nope, it's just glued in place. The string tension does most of the holding on. The glue is to keep it in the correct location.

    If you were to remove the ribbon band, you'd see that just double...
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    Here's a quick/easy tailpiece option. Fit a wood...

    Here's a quick/easy tailpiece option. Fit a wood saddle piece to the drum and drill through that and the drum. Knot the strings and feed through from inside.
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    From a previous post... For fitting a neck to...

    From a previous post...

    For fitting a neck to a rim, I cut a two part jig for the spindle sander. The jig part on the left has the radius of the rim, and that's clamped down to the table with the...
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    That's pretty much the gold standard for retail....

    That's pretty much the gold standard for retail. Music biz or otherwise.

    Even though there is no hard and fast rule for pricing merchandise, most retailers use a 50 percent markup, known in the...
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    This makes me think of a tennis racquet stringing...

    This makes me think of a tennis racquet stringing machine that uses a lever to apply force, but instead of using a torque wench, some use a long lever with a weight out on the end that's adjustable...
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