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    This is the method I use to join the two top...

    This is the method I use to join the two top plates and it works perfectly - no elaborate clamping jigs required. The plate are folded (after sanding the edges of course) at a 45 degree angle, tape...
  2. Thread: Strings

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    Thanks Ken. That was a real flash back. The guy...

    Thanks Ken. That was a real flash back. The guy could sing... The pictures of the depression era children was sobering. Are we going to start seeing that again? I hope not.
  3. Thread: Strings

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    You sound discouraged John. But be of good cheer....

    You sound discouraged John. But be of good cheer. I say if people want to play around with different string sets and it gives them pleasure than why not? It might not make any difference acoustically...
  4. Thread: Strings

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    Common misconception is that catgut strings were...

    Common misconception is that catgut strings were made from cats (meow!).

    Catgut makers usually use sheep or goat intestines, but occasionally use the intestines of cattle,[3] hogs, horses, mules,...
  5. Thread: Koa Virgin

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    Yeah, it was from a set from reclaimed old growth...

    Yeah, it was from a set from reclaimed old growth koa and was dry and hard as a bone. What also happened was after the rosettes had been glued in with thin CA, the glue went all the way through the...
  6. Thread: Koa Virgin

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    One other negative I forgot to mention, and it is...

    One other negative I forgot to mention, and it is an important one, is that koa can be quite open pored and will wick thin CA glue along the grain line discoloring it and leaving unsightly black...
  7. Thread: Koa Virgin

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    I've found koa (Acacia koa) to be easy to work...

    I've found koa (Acacia koa) to be easy to work with. Bends politely, sands well, takes a finish nicely and glues well. My only negative observation is that it can "chip" along the grain line if you...
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    I think you are talking about linings? I buy mine...

    I think you are talking about linings? I buy mine (basswood kerfed) and the dimensions are:

    15-1/2" x 7/32" x 3/8"
    (393.70mm x 5.56mm x 9.52mm)
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    What a great post! Meticulously done and...

    What a great post! Meticulously done and researched. I only wish we could hear the instrument in an A - B comparison with a standard reference ukulele...

    A couple of thoughts after looking at the...
  10. Cut the string... cut the knot off with a pair of...

    Cut the string... cut the knot off with a pair of wire cutters...pull string out of slot.
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    That's great and I like that they stood behind...

    That's great and I like that they stood behind their product and did the right thing. Believe me, trying to bend that thing back straight would not have worked. I know, I've tried... Also I like that...
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    Yes, that should have never passed quality...

    Yes, that should have never passed quality control and that uke should have never been shipped. Also to me it looks like the fret ends are hardly dressed at all... Also as Allen says, easy for a...
  13. Yes, but of course the problem with these sorts...

    Yes, but of course the problem with these sorts of studies is that the data are subjective and qualitative and thus potentially biased. But I really feel that something significant is happening here....
  14. Thanks for passing that on Clarkey. Very...

    Thanks for passing that on Clarkey. Very interesting. I would not have expected that result. Kinda turns everything on its ear and it appears to be very well researched.

    To cut to the chase:
    ...
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    This is what I found as a tonewood: As a...

    This is what I found as a tonewood:

    As a tonewood, Bubinga has also been called African Rosewood which is a fair description of the tone although it is not yet used very extensively due to the...
  16. I stand corrected John, I meant convex... Maybe...

    I stand corrected John, I meant convex... Maybe just "rounded" would have been a better word.
  17. I would say no. It is not so much the tightness...

    I would say no. It is not so much the tightness of the grain but the stiffness of the wood. I believe it has been shown with Sitka spruce that the tightness or even regularity of the grain has...
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    Yes, I have used thin veneer for peghead...

    Yes, I have used thin veneer for peghead decoration and it works well. You can get some real wild and beautiful wood veneer in those veneer packs. But as you said, the stuff tends to be pretty thin...
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    That looks really nice. I especially like the...

    That looks really nice. I especially like the black tuners. Gives it some class.

    Good luck on the next built. And the one after that and the one after that and...
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    Yes, it is strange stuff. A mixture of some sort...

    Yes, it is strange stuff. A mixture of some sort of fiber and plastic and it will do exactly what you got. When sanded, small fibers appear which need to be "cut" off with a sharp scrapper. I use the...
  21. Thread: Top Radius?

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    I make flat tops (radius 0.0). Good enough for a...

    I make flat tops (radius 0.0). Good enough for a guitar I figure it's good enough for an ukulele plus I detect no change in the sound. In my mind what a radiused top gives is added strength against...
  22. This is good advice and I've done it. Do the same...

    This is good advice and I've done it. Do the same with the saddle... Advice: sand perpendicular to the nut rather than longitudinally or as is said, the bottom of the nut will start to become concave...
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    But how will you know where the bridge is going...

    But how will you know where the bridge is going to go so you can mask off the footprint before you spray. You can route off the finish to bare wood for gluing but that can be tricky, tricky... You...
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    Couple or words of advice :old: Keep going on the...

    Couple or words of advice :old: Keep going on the finish for the back and sides but stop on the top. Too much finish on the top looks great but can dampen the sound. But you can't really over do it...
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    I would not do it this way and I'm wondering why...

    I would not do it this way and I'm wondering why you do but I suppose you could do it. But first you will have to find the exact spot your saddle and bridge are going to land with a fretboard that is...
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