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  1. Thread: Veneer softener

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    I got it from Carbatec.....Only good if you are...

    I got it from Carbatec.....Only good if you are in Australia or N.Z.
  2. Thread: Veneer softener

    by Allen
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    So I got some veneer softener because of an...

    So I got some veneer softener because of an upcoming project that I know will be rather difficult to bend. But today I had a set of extrremely curly Australian Blackwood that I've built with quite a...
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    If you want your strings to have a consistent...

    If you want your strings to have a consistent relief over a radiused fret board, then the saddle needs to have a radius on it as well. The bridge is independent of that. Depending on how much saddle...
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    You've doubled the tension, so if you are...

    You've doubled the tension, so if you are building on the edge in terms of soundboard bracing, then you will want to compensate in either thickness or bracing.

    If you are familiar with the cube...
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    Draw out your string spacing at both nut and...

    Draw out your string spacing at both nut and saddle at full size and add 4mm to each side. That will give you your dimensions.

    I do this with every variation of instrument I build.
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    If you did want to try your hand at fitting...

    If you did want to try your hand at fitting braces then here is a link that shows you how.
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    That style of back on a ukulele would most often...

    That style of back on a ukulele would most often be laminated and not require braces. That's the way I would do it.

    If a larger instrument like a arch top jazz guitar then there are braces and...
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    Koi Pond Themed Tenor Ukulele - Photo Set

    Another tenor that I built on a whim to try some new techniques and materials.

    The body is Australian Tiger Myrtle with a 3,000 year old Sitka Spruce soundboard. The inlay material is pressure...
  10. Thanks everyone. I find the most difficult...

    Thanks everyone.

    I find the most difficult part of doing work like this is to decide how to do the layout of the inlay for a balanced and harmonious look.....and not screwing it up too bad with...
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  12. Makore and Lutz Tenor with Scrimshaw Inlay - Photo Set

    Another tenor I built on a whim to sharpen my skills and do work that really inspires me.

    This is the first time using Lutz, and was really surprised at how stiff this timber is. I was expecting...
  13. How to install strings on a string through bridge - Video

    I've had a few clients and even a music shop that was asked to change strings on one of my uke that hadn't come across a string through bridge before, and were confused on how to change the strings....
  14. I use the streched tape method as well. Fast,...

    I use the streched tape method as well. Fast, accurate and what's more storage friendly and compact than a roll of tape.
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    Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle tenor with Australian...

    Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle tenor with Australian Blackwood bindings in the first pore fill session.

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  16. I've used them as well. They are obsenely...

    I've used them as well. They are obsenely expensive, and if you drop them they can shatter. Also really easy to loose. The razor blade is cheap, easy and the boss doesn't care if you loose it.
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    I put this together for the forum on how I do it....

    I put this together for the forum on how I do it.

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?126002-Side-Sound-Port-and-Binding&highlight=sound+port
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    Random orbit sanders come in a couple of...

    Random orbit sanders come in a couple of different flavours. For something like we would use them for you are wanting a "Fine Finish" sander. It will have a much smaller orbit than the more...
  19. I use a catalyzed polyurethane now. However this...

    I use a catalyzed polyurethane now. However this technique works with any finish that has a sufficient build and cures hard.
  20. Even with the razor blade, you have to be very...

    Even with the razor blade, you have to be very carefull with deep runs that may still be soft. It's quite possible to tear out a chunk of the finish. Though it's usually pretty easy to tell before...
  21. Yes, it works great for that. Also for runs. ...

    Yes, it works great for that. Also for runs.

    I showed this technique to a spray painter I was working with that had a run from one end of a car to the other that started on a body line. He would...
  22. How to remove dust and other imperfections in a finish

    This technique is not new, and I've been using it for close to 40 years, but it's amazing how many people (even pro spray painters) are unaware of it.

    The reason you want to do this instead of...
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    First epoxy pore filling session on a figured ...

    First epoxy pore filling session on a figured Makore tenor.

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    Scrimshaw inlay to a soundboard.

    Finished up the body on this tenor and onto fitting the neck tomorrow. Lots of hours into the shading of this one, and happy with the results. That Lutz spruce soundboard has some amazing silk figure...
  25. Thread: cutting inlays

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    A laser is really handy for cutting some things,...

    A laser is really handy for cutting some things, but it's more or less hopelss for pearl. It also is pretty much hopeless when working with ebony. If either of those things are something you are...
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