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  1. Another beautiful build, Allen ... great work.

    Another beautiful build, Allen ... great work.
  2. Thread: Parallel builds

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    A few notes of caution here: As Sequoia points...

    A few notes of caution here:
    As Sequoia points out, it is best to avoid ridges if possible, but with tape masking, they can occur.
    DO NOT use the blade in the normal scraper mode. Hold it between...
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    For tape ridges, I drag a razor blade down the...

    For tape ridges, I drag a razor blade down the tangent of the ridge (top of the blade leading, back of the blade trailing). The effect is that of a fine mini scraper. If this is done fairly lightly...
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    Another lovely build, Jo … your commitment and...

    Another lovely build, Jo … your commitment and productivity is amazing.
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    There is a great variety of mini/hobby/razor saws...

    There is a great variety of mini/hobby/razor saws available. Some brands have models with differing blade depth, blade width and tooth count. It depends on your interests and needs, as to which is...
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    If you have come up with a figure of 1.26mm, I...

    If you have come up with a figure of 1.26mm, I assume that you have a good understanding of scale length measurement and accurate fret placement. Measurement is from the centre of the first fret...
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    You seem to have thought it through fairly well....

    You seem to have thought it through fairly well. If you decide to use the long, flat sawn piece for the sides, be sure to flip the faces of a single cut to the outside of the instrument. Providing...
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    When luthier, Lex Luthor, was plotting devious...

    When luthier, Lex Luthor, was plotting devious new schemes for Superman's demise, he built the cutest little ukuleles with enriched kryptonite fret markers.
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    Take heed of Chuck's comments on slot ramp angle...

    Take heed of Chuck's comments on slot ramp angle and depth. Although it is understandable, and perhaps even acceptable that a first time builder might not get this quite right, it is easily...
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    My under-bench area is occupied by flush-mounted...

    My under-bench area is occupied by flush-mounted drawers, so sitting at the bench is not practical.
    I am 177cm tall (5'10”) and my bench top comes approx. halfway up my forearms at 94cm (37”).
    This...
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    Ian, I'd be playing the pineapple while eating...

    Ian,

    I'd be playing the pineapple while eating the chocolate chip. Is there a 'best before' date on that cookie?
    Good fun builds, mate .... you've made me smile.

    EDIT:
    I've just noticed the...
  12. Very enjoyable, thanks for sharing, Daniel.

    Very enjoyable, thanks for sharing, Daniel.
  13. If you have given it a decent tap with no joy, it...

    If you have given it a decent tap with no joy, it may have hardened glue in the slot.
    This is assuming that the fret is straight along its length.
    If you have a warranty/guarantee speak to the...
  14. As Peter suggests, a little light tapping may...

    As Peter suggests, a little light tapping may remedy the problem. If not, check that the fret is true by holding a straight edge along its crown and look for an even light gap (any upward curl will...
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    A few points to consider for anyone wanting to...

    A few points to consider for anyone wanting to try this style of bracing and an elliptical bridge plate. None of these ideas are original, they have been gleaned from various sources.

    If you use...
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    Another beauty, Jo...... you are prolific. When...

    Another beauty, Jo...... you are prolific.
    When I get the inspiration for a new build (not often these days), it takes me yonks to get the shed tidied to the point of being able to proceed, even...
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    Safe travels, Dennis. I hope that you find solace...

    Safe travels, Dennis. I hope that you find solace and serenity not too far down the road.
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    Good stuff, Sawdust... you will not have...

    Good stuff, Sawdust... you will not have scorching problems with that setup.
    Still, I would encourage you to experiment further with your iron. If you only use it for the quick adjustment of sides,...
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    Big Dipper, You do not have to be 'good with...

    Big Dipper,
    You do not have to be 'good with computers' to print your own labels. There are free label making apps/programs that provide a large variety of templates, so that you really only have...
  20. A little known fact about the kabosy, is that the...

    A little known fact about the kabosy, is that the fret wire is made from Unobtainium, or sometimes the even rarer Madagascan Eludium.
    This means that there is never enough fret wire available at...
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    Well done.... a very good outcome,...

    Well done.... a very good outcome, congratulations!
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    Unfortunately, when it comes to dowelling, good...

    Unfortunately, when it comes to dowelling, good alignment is required.
    For the moment do nothing until you can properly assess your options.
    If you can get the joint to close neatly using dowels...
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    Chuck, I'm always in awe of your beautiful work...

    Chuck,
    I'm always in awe of your beautiful work …. but for this I want to see photos :-)
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    Just measured a small batch of concert sides that...

    Just measured a small batch of concert sides that I cut over a year ago, the max being around 1.9mm. Tenor sides from the same sawing session are around 2.05mm max. Final thickness sanding will bring...
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    I am assuming that we are talking hand (iron)...

    I am assuming that we are talking hand (iron) bending.
    It sounds like your applied spray is flashing off too quickly leaving the piece dry and susceptible to scorching.(Temperature may be far too...
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