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    I started buying Chinese binding/purfling off...

    I started buying Chinese binding/purfling off eBay because of the color options. One source is The Pure Store, though I suspect that the celluloid all comes from the same factory. The colors can add...
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    I'm with Pete. The Spanish heel (not to mention...

    I'm with Pete. The Spanish heel (not to mention the dovetail joint) should have vanished decades ago. It's another example of luthiers hobbling themselves to satisfy a quest to honor a questionable...
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    Lovely instrument. How is it tuned?

    Lovely instrument. How is it tuned?
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    Wonderful looking uke, Peter. Classy.

    Wonderful looking uke, Peter. Classy.
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    Thick top/light bracing=thin top/heavier bracing,...

    Thick top/light bracing=thin top/heavier bracing, no? Or use them for backs, assuming you are building all-mahogany instruments. I don't understand your header, though.
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    This is just a few photos of my pine uke in...

    This is just a few photos of my pine uke in progress for those who care. Note how a 100w bulb lit up the back. It did that everywhere.

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    I started a tenor uke out of pine. The side...

    I started a tenor uke out of pine. The side sprang forward after bending with a blanket, not back. I built the body, then swapped all the parts away for a set of quality classical guitar machines. I...
  8. Believe it or not, most instrument shapes have...

    Believe it or not, most instrument shapes have been "standardized" because most builders want to use ready-made cases rather than invest in having them specially made. All the internal parts should...
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    You could spray the Tru-Oil. It lays out like a...

    You could spray the Tru-Oil. It lays out like a dream and builds a lot faster than nitro.
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    As a lutherie author, it kills me to say this,...

    As a lutherie author, it kills me to say this, but the printed word is dead. Where instrument making is concerned, theory is just another word for guessing. Which, of course, leaves only the how-to...
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    It's so much easier to glue it in as part of the...

    It's so much easier to glue it in as part of the center seam that I would never rout the back to put one in. In the very beginning I used to rout them in to hide/reinforce a poor back joint, but...
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    Pretty slick, Ken.

    Pretty slick, Ken.
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    As settlers moved into new parts of the world...

    As settlers moved into new parts of the world they often gave old names to new species they encountered. Marketers have also muddied the waters by making up their own names. Scientific names can...
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    This organization was obsolete before it started....

    This organization was obsolete before it started. For years now the high-end market has demanded the prettiest wood possible regardless of its origin. This was a complete turnaround from 15 decades...
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    If my end blocks have to fit curved sides I...

    If my end blocks have to fit curved sides I laminate thin pieces of vertical grain wood pressed against the sides/mold. The resulting piece gets sanded flat on the interior side, then is glued to a...
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    I used a lot of birch in my early days because it...

    I used a lot of birch in my early days because it was the cheapest hardwood sold at the local lumber yard. It was all off-quarter and very pretty because of that. Its grayish cast made it a beautiful...
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    No reason other than tradition. Wood is wood.

    No reason other than tradition. Wood is wood.
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    All wood sounds the same for backs & sides until...

    All wood sounds the same for backs & sides until you get to the truly hard stuff, say harder than regular Indian rosewood. The only wood that has ever disappointed me is white pine for tops.
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    Java Bishop wood. I've used more than 30...

    Java Bishop wood. I've used more than 30 varieties of wood for instruments.

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    You may have used sandpaper that is made with...

    You may have used sandpaper that is made with stearates. They are supposed to help prevent clogging, but they also cause dimpling. For spraying many materials the warmer, the better.
  21. Thread: new/old tenor

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    Thank you, Ken.

    Thank you, Ken.
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    Very, very sweet, Mike. And a great way to enjoy...

    Very, very sweet, Mike. And a great way to enjoy the riverside when the fish won't bite.
  23. Thread: new/old tenor

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    new/old tenor

    I built this over two years ago, then I got hurt two Februaries ago and am just now getting back in my shop. So it's a little shop-worn, I've already abandoned the headstock shape, and I haven't had...
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    Very slick, Pete. I like it!

    Very slick, Pete. I like it!
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    CAD=Cardboard Aided Design! Love that.

    CAD=Cardboard Aided Design! Love that.
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