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    Ian, Do you have any idea of the nature/cause...

    Ian,
    Do you have any idea of the nature/cause of the cracks? Perhaps dehydration, aging stresses, physical damage?
    Are the crack edges clean or grimy?

    Can you post some close-up pics of the...
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    Accidental double posting.

    Accidental double posting.
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    One thing that may be worth trying: Go...

    One thing that may be worth trying:

    Go 'outside' to Google's Advanced Search feature and try a similar search. If there are relevant hits, they will likely bring you back to UU, as it has the...
  4. Sheesh … dual bearing/bushings ... these should...

    Sheesh … dual bearing/bushings ... these should outlast several instrument lifetimes. (Scheller)

    [url]https://www.gitarrenmechaniken.com/en/guitar-tuners/plates-knops-caps-sleeves/[/url

    Go to...
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    Finish has always been a contentious issue among...

    Finish has always been a contentious issue among guitar makers and guitarists, and no other aspect of this subject has had as much debate as that of neck finishes and top finishes. The further you...
  6. I'm sure this one would not have been on-sold …...

    I'm sure this one would not have been on-sold … I'll track it down and post a pic or two.
  7. Beau, I'll spare the UU readers from an ugly mug...

    Beau,
    I'll spare the UU readers from an ugly mug shot.
    I've visited Botany on four occasions over quite a few years, but unfortunately not as a customer or student. I can recall your presence on...
  8. Hi Beau, The last time I saw you, you were...

    Hi Beau,

    The last time I saw you, you were toiling at the bench at Botany. I was one of those annoying old f*rts who kept Gerard from his work by discussing (picking his brain on) building...
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    Good to hear that there is a Plan B … this book...

    Good to hear that there is a Plan B … this book needs to be published.
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    Apparently, credit cards are only debited if/when...

    Apparently, credit cards are only debited if/when the allotted target is reached. This will take place after the closing date. If the target is not reached, no transaction. This is my interpretation...
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    The fact that you are foregoing a top sound hole...

    The fact that you are foregoing a top sound hole gives you a greater choice of bracing styles.
    I would encourage you to research similar builds to get an idea of other builders' experiences, as I...
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    I can't mentally visualise this, but be aware...

    I can't mentally visualise this, but be aware that anything that contacts the top or its ancillary structural parts and is not allowed to float in sympathy with it, will potentially kill volume and...
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    Hi Log Dog, Your last post simplified things a...

    Hi Log Dog,

    Your last post simplified things a fair bit, allowing me to unscramble my thoughts enough to offer a few suggestions:

    If you intend to put a conventional wooden bridge on a round...
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    I have never tried this, so I will mention it...

    I have never tried this, so I will mention it without either endorsing or recommending it. I have seen reference to guitarists applying dark brown boot polish (NOT leather dye) to darken pale...
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    Jo, If these pictures had been posted...

    Jo,
    If these pictures had been posted anonymously on a plain white background, I would still have picked them as being your work. This little ukulele oozes all the charm and pizzazz of your...
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    Mike, There are many contributors to this forum...

    Mike,
    There are many contributors to this forum whose work leaves me gobsmacked. It's hard not to get discouraged and instead be motivated by the standard of their work. My excuse is that I'm too...
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    Mike, those necks look fine. If the diagonal...

    Mike, those necks look fine. If the diagonal grain on the heads disturbs you, it is a simple matter to put a thin veneer on the front and back, as the factories do. The grain (of the necks) looks...
  18. Thread: 17 Fret Soprano

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    Lovely attention to detail showing there,...

    Lovely attention to detail showing there, Sequoia.
    Capped heel blocks? …. I need to 'up my game'.

    Getting back to bracing … I have been guilty of 'rubber stamping' the same bracing patterns to...
  19. Thread: 17 Fret Soprano

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    The builder is in the best position to assess...

    The builder is in the best position to assess bracing options.
    Think of a brace as a lever, the transverse brace end of which is fairly well anchored and static, but the bridge end (hopefully)...
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    I am not a commercial builder, nor am I a player,...

    I am not a commercial builder, nor am I a player, but I am aware that over-braced instruments rarely show their full potential. The old classical guitar builders' adage of “if it's not about to...
  21. Thread: Lamination

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    A few random points to consider: I should...

    A few random points to consider:
    I should declare that my first and only foray into laminating was using bought veneers and resulted in a very heavy guitar back that, although it looked the part,...
  22. Thread: Magic Tape

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    Aldi had a similar tape not too long ago. It...

    Aldi had a similar tape not too long ago. It sticks much better than the foam type but is not as firm.
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    I'm too depressed for a meaningful comment.

    I'm too depressed for a meaningful comment.
  24. Thread: Warped back

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    It's a bit difficult for me to assess the extent...

    It's a bit difficult for me to assess the extent of the concaving from the photos. If it is an old build, and your climate is dry, rehydration might help.
    With a new build it is likely that the...
  25. Allen, I always open your posted photo files...

    Allen,
    I always open your posted photo files with a degree of trepidation.
    Perfection after perfection…. masterful builds….beautiful artistry....not just one off, but build after build, after...
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