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  1. Thread: Koa Question

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    Correct. This quote from the Wood Database...

    Correct. This quote from the Wood Database regarding Acacia koa:

    This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, and is reported by the IUCN as being a species of least concern.
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    Below is an old post I did regarding 1920's...

    Below is an old post I did regarding 1920's Martin uke. Neighbor found it in her grandmother's closet.
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    This is great and I love that you have tackled...

    This is great and I love that you have tackled this project. However, doing the PDF option on the plans is problematic. Since these would be full sized plans, they would be bigger than most people...
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    Well said and I tend to agree with you. However,...

    Well said and I tend to agree with you. However, there is the famous (or infamous) "pallet guitar" built by Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars which is said to sound great. His idea is that it is the...
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    Still waiting to hear what it sounds like with...

    Still waiting to hear what it sounds like with new strings. :music:
  6. What is Rift Sawn, Flat Sawn and Quarter Sawn Wood?

    This issue is always confusing people so I thought I would post a great picture from LMI that illustrates the differences.

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    Yes, the Bullseye liquid stuff in the can is...

    Yes, the Bullseye liquid stuff in the can is waxed and the stuff in the aerosol can is de-waxed. By the way, I called up Zinnser and talked with them about their product. I was trying to decipher...
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    Good enough...

    Good enough...
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    I do it (shellac) for three reasons: for humidity...

    I do it (shellac) for three reasons: for humidity issues and stabilization, contrary to opinions I do think it may effect sonic properties although I have no evidence that it does so and this may be...
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    I show 1 3/4" or ~ 45mm at the 12th fret. These...

    I show 1 3/4" or ~ 45mm at the 12th fret. These dimensions are not written in stone. This is for a standard 4 string tenor, not necessarily for your 8 string. Use for reference.
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    Good advice... I do not tie off my fan bracing to...

    Good advice... I do not tie off my fan bracing to the lower transverse brace. I believe that the bridge area bracing should be independent and not tied off to the sides, heel block or transverse...
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    For more info:...

    For more info: https://www.wood-database.com/cedar-of-lebanon/
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    Very nicely done. Love the clean layout... Good...

    Very nicely done. Love the clean layout... Good luck!
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    Ditto!... Love the koi on the peg head. An...

    Ditto!... Love the koi on the peg head. An example where dyed wood actually works.
  15. I thought I remember reading years ago that Bruce...

    I thought I remember reading years ago that Bruce was retiring. Is he still in business?
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    OK Pete. Correction: Calocedrus decurrens. ...

    OK Pete. Correction: Calocedrus decurrens. https://www.wood-database.com/incense-cedar/

    This is where common names can lead to confusion. Juniperus virginiana and Calocedrus decurrens both have...
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    For reference: Pencil cedar (Juniperus...

    For reference: Pencil cedar (Juniperus virginiana) or what we call here in America eastern red cedar. Ref.: https://www.wood-database.com/aromatic-red-cedar/
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    Lovely... I really like the "vintage orange"...

    Lovely... I really like the "vintage orange" color of the top. How did you get it to take on that color?
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    Obviously you are from Australia.

    Obviously you are from Australia.
  20. Ack!... I just use the masking tape method and...

    Ack!... I just use the masking tape method and get perfect joins every time. No jigs necessary.
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    For anyone interested in information about this...

    For anyone interested in information about this wood (Paulownia tomentosa) go here: https://www.wood-database.com/paulownia/
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    Congratulations Beau. That is pretty darn cool......

    Congratulations Beau. That is pretty darn cool... (I'm sure we are all thinking: Can't crack the sides, can't crack the sides, can't crack the sides.... )
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    Nice work... I actually think my take on the...

    Nice work... I actually think my take on the system is a bit over braced for an ukulele. I'm just trying to find the point where the top doesn't deform (much). I think I can go much lighter.
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    No shed here...Ah, the fresh air, the sunshine,...

    No shed here...Ah, the fresh air, the sunshine, the birds chirping. My outdoor nut and saddle shaping station. By the way, I resisted shelling out money for the StewMac shaping vice. Now I love it....
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    You will still be a young git at 83. Look at...

    You will still be a young git at 83. Look at Stradivarius, he was still making violins at 96 years of age. Picture below of Ken in his shop. Note the uncanny resemblance to the master himself.
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