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    Guilty as charged! It seems that people that buy...

    Guilty as charged! It seems that people that buy my instruments want a shiny, smooth finish. Shiny sells and I do enjoy getting that smooooth finish. But I agree, sometimes I think we take the humble...
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    Personally if that was mine I would live with it....

    Personally if that was mine I would live with it. Think of it as giving the instrument character. What I think I'm seeing (hard to tell) is some contraction and shrinkage of the lacquer over time or...
  3. Another tool I love and use for all sorts of...

    Another tool I love and use for all sorts of things: Stew-Mac nut and saddle vise. Not ridiculously expensive ($49) and well made. Solid. Put the vise in a vise and you are ready to go. Yes, you can...
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    Here is a quick and dirty way to level high...

    Here is a quick and dirty way to level high frets: Take a piece of flat melamine (or whatever as long as it is perfectly flat), tape down a couple sheets of 600 hundred grit sandpaper, take a black...
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    Well, the first thing is to not get much squeeze...

    Well, the first thing is to not get much squeeze out to begin with. Many people use too much glue. You don't need much Titebond to get a good join. Masking tape down before you glue is good like on...
  6. I always saw how useful a thing like that could...

    I always saw how useful a thing like that could be but looked at the price and went hahahahahhaha no way. Then I thought I would make my own with a wheel bearings and wood and screws and realized it...
  7. Most likely what you are hearing is an intonation...

    Most likely what you are hearing is an intonation issue and does not have anything to do with "voicing". Slightly "off" notes are what give the ukulele that off twangy note which I think can be part...
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    I feel your pain 'cause it does happen...

    I feel your pain 'cause it does happen (occasionally) to me too. Just as the hammer comes down the damn thing slips sideways and bam you get a little crease on the fretboard. Yup.
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    That is really cool with the torque wrench, but I...

    That is really cool with the torque wrench, but I find that once the fret shoulders hit the wood they really can't go much further and are seated. Then again if you really over torqued it...
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    I love my stewmac cauls for my drill press and it...

    I love my stewmac cauls for my drill press and it made fretting so much easier than hammering. Consistent depth which made leveling a thing of the past.

    Here is what I do: prior to setting the...
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    A brush will work, but I use a pad which is just...

    A brush will work, but I use a pad which is just the corner of a pillow case packed with cheese cloth and tied off. With a brush you can get those annoying brush lines if your flow-out is not good...
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    Funny, but my hardware store here in Northern...

    Funny, but my hardware store here in Northern California still carries denatured alcohol. I've used what is called "stove fuel" which is basically denatured ethanol with some methanol mixed in. Works...
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    Just a cursory search yields a lot of information...

    Just a cursory search yields a lot of information on catalyzed polyurethane finishes. Some are pre-catalyzed and some 2 part. It gets complicated. Some contain isocyanates and some nitro acetate or...
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    I tried SMDs ColorTone. Didn't like it at all....

    I tried SMDs ColorTone. Didn't like it at all. Check that: I hated it. But that was in my hands and I'm sure others can get better results. Have you considered the polyurethanes? I have not used it,...
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    Can't wait to see the rosette in and sanded out....

    Can't wait to see the rosette in and sanded out. I love spalted sycamore.
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    I don't get it. What would be the advantage? Why...

    I don't get it. What would be the advantage? Why not just bend em' on the inside and be done with it. I'm sure there is something I'm missing here.
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    I use StewMacs fret cutters to cut the the tangs...

    I use StewMacs fret cutters to cut the the tangs off:

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    These are not ideal as it can ruin the edge on the cutting edges and it always leaves a bit behind that has to be ground off with a...
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    Nice plate joins there. Joining those weird butt...

    Nice plate joins there. Joining those weird butt joints on plates is the easiest hardest join on a build. Seamless is what we want. Sometimes surprises me to see the seam on even high end...
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    As always, the answer is "it depends". It depends...

    As always, the answer is "it depends". It depends on the particular density of your piece of wood. But generally speaking the rule of thumb is that redwood is a softwood therefore it is thicker than...
  20. This is such a good point. Nobody that buys a...

    This is such a good point. Nobody that buys a piano nowadays expects ivory keys. I suspect this will be the case with ebony in the future. But I think it needs to be emphasized that it isn't...
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    I would hate to have to string that thing....

    I would hate to have to string that thing. Changing strings is no small feat for that instrument. Thank goodness ukes only have four strings. I hate changing strings. So boring.
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    And what exactly is CA accelerator? Well it's...

    And what exactly is CA accelerator? Well it's pretty simple, it's is sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) , water and acetone or other water soluble volatile solvent. The baking soda is alkeline which...
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    Yes Bob: Refer to Murphy's Law number #2 -...

    Yes Bob: Refer to Murphy's Law number #2 - "Nothing is as simple as it at first seems." Also see: Murphy's First Law -"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong".
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    Good work Ken! Good use of CA accelerator if I...

    Good work Ken! Good use of CA accelerator if I ever heard of one. Yes, nasty stuff. Don't let those nasty wasps get the upper hand! I score this one: Ken Tims 1, wasps null (0).
  25. It always feels good when you can fix a boo-boo...

    It always feels good when you can fix a boo-boo like that. Good recovery. From the picture I wasn't sure you could get far enough back to cover the hole.
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