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    More woodcraft fun. Some great progress lately on...

    More woodcraft fun. Some great progress lately on my tenor and baritone ukuleles. The tenor uke has the same side sound port with Black Walnut trim ring as on the baritone. Just glued on the tenor's...
  2. I received mine from Amazon a few days ago. Good...

    I received mine from Amazon a few days ago. Good stuff.
  3. Looks nice, Gerard.

    Looks nice, Gerard.
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    Thanks Nickie, it was. I'm going to start on the...

    Thanks Nickie, it was. I'm going to start on the same process for the tenor uke today, this time using a small chunk of Indian Rosewood left over from a guitar bridge. I expect that will be a lot...
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    After sanding until my arm about fell off: ...

    After sanding until my arm about fell off:

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    The hard way to trim a sound hole port. I started...

    The hard way to trim a sound hole port. I started by using my trim router and a set of acrylic templates to cut an oval ring from Black Walnut. Then I stuck self-adhesive 80 grit paper to the upper...
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    More progress.Tenor uke and baritone uke with...

    More progress.Tenor uke and baritone uke with backs glued and trimmed, ready for sound port installation. The Walnut/Maple neck blank is for the baritone uke. It is actually an off-cut from an...
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    No, I wind the nuts on all the clamps I'm going...

    No, I wind the nuts on all the clamps I'm going to use to about the same distance and have them ready to slide in the slots on the building board before I glue.
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    Yeah, I sort of noticed that, LOL.

    Yeah, I sort of noticed that, LOL.
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    I carved a neck for an archtop guitar from Maple...

    I carved a neck for an archtop guitar from Maple and Walnut laminated together vertically. It turned out beautifully, and I don't recall any particular difficulty in the carving. I kept the off-cut...
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    Just glued the back on a baritone uke project: ...

    Just glued the back on a baritone uke project:

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  12. Here's a pic of the v-bracing I installed on the...

    Here's a pic of the v-bracing I installed on the Redwood top for my 23" scale nylon string tenor guitar. The braces look quite fat here, but I shaved them down considerably before gluing on the top....
  13. Well done. A completed and functional instrument...

    Well done. A completed and functional instrument is always an accomplishment.
  14. Thread: Neck angle?

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    Thanks for the replies. I've been re-watching...

    Thanks for the replies. I've been re-watching Jay's videos on neck fitting this evening. I am going to have a bolt-on neck - my first.
  15. Thread: Neck angle?

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    Neck angle?

    I have pre-ordered Graham's new book over here in the US, but I have a question about neck angle on a current project. It's a steel string baritone uke inspired by one of Jay Lichty's products. The...
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    Heck of a job on the cam and spool clamps. Enjoy...

    Heck of a job on the cam and spool clamps. Enjoy the build; my first uke was an SM tenor kit.
  17. Wow . . . exquisite work, indeed.

    Wow . . . exquisite work, indeed.
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    I decided to go with a different building method...

    I decided to go with a different building method for the tenor uke, foregoing the foam building form and using an open setup similar to what StewMac recommends in their uke building videos. In the...
  19. Pre-ordered over here as well. I'm on the other...

    Pre-ordered over here as well. I'm on the other end of the spectrum from Beau . . . I''m currently working on ukes #3 & #4. I've learned a lot over the past couple of years, but I'm always trying to...
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    A bit more work over the past few days. I made a...

    A bit more work over the past few days. I made a 15 foot building board from Poplar to use for gluing back braces. After cutting each piece to length and rough cutting the arc on the band saw, I used...
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    Thanks for the replies. Something to think about.

    Thanks for the replies. Something to think about.
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    arching and body forms

    I'm in the early stages of a pair of uke projects, a steel string baritone and a tenor. For the baritone body, I'm going to use a 25 foot top arch and 15 foot back arch. For the tenor, the top will...
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    Beautiful looking instrument, sequoia. Yeah, it...

    Beautiful looking instrument, sequoia. Yeah, it was painful abandoning the tenor uke project, but I was talking with a guy who's been building high quality ukes for over 25 years, and he told me my...
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    Well, I'll have to accept 1 for 2 in this...

    Well, I'll have to accept 1 for 2 in this venture. I royally messed up the tenor uke body, and ended up ripping out the Aloha Twin pickup and binning the rest. I mentioned this in another thread, and...
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    Thanks Jardin. I was able to fill the tiny...

    Thanks Jardin. I was able to fill the tiny chipout with shellac and carefully scrape it and sand it flush. It's very near the edge of the bridge, and isn't noticeable unless I look close.
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