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    I will be there. First joined the GAL in 1988. ...

    I will be there. First joined the GAL in 1988. Their conventions are not to be missed, but be sure to bring money to buy wood. In 2011, I bought a large stack of Engelmann spruce guitar tops from...
  2. This is a good time to update my long suffering...

    This is a good time to update my long suffering customers on what is happening in my life and their orders. First of all, my sincere apologies to all who have been waiting so long, it certainly was...
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    I am with ksquine on this one, something does not...

    I am with ksquine on this one, something does not add up. Before I did any gluing of anything, I would first get a 18" steel ruler with a MM scale. Measure from nut to 12th fret, double that to get...
  4. Hey Aaron, there is a group called the North...

    Hey Aaron, there is a group called the North Coast Strummers that are based around Warrenton, which is just south of Astoria. When they used to practice in Seaside, I would play with them, but time...
  5. Thread: Some Changes

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    Some Changes

    My wife Carol and I have just wrapped up the purchase of a second home in Kekaha, Kauai. So now I will be building ukuleles in Cannon Beach and in Kauai. Because I do not plan on fully duplicating...
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    Thanks much for posting that, it made my evening!...

    Thanks much for posting that, it made my evening!
    Brad
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    The rib depth on a F style mandolin is 1 3/8",...

    The rib depth on a F style mandolin is 1 3/8", the top and back arch should be 5/8", for a total body depth of 2 5/8". With my 1 1/2" sides the body depth should be 2 3/4". Keep in mind that the...
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    You are not wrong Rich. The body is aluminum,...

    You are not wrong Rich. The body is aluminum, the knob is usually plastic, although wood knobs are available and judging by the way my rare earth magnet just stuck to one, the gears are steel.
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    I love the label, thanks for sharing. Brad

    I love the label, thanks for sharing.

    Brad
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    Poll: I had to go with Engelmann, especially for arch...

    I had to go with Engelmann, especially for arch top ukuleles. My Engelmann spruce arch tops have clearly been superior to my Sitka ones. In my experience the Engelmann spruce is slightly less dense...
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    For your information, Elderly has concert ukulele...

    For your information, Elderly has concert ukulele plans for $8.50. Do a search on their site for ukulele blueprints. Your dimensions for the braces and bridge patch seem to be a little small to me....
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    This is part of a debate that has been around...

    This is part of a debate that has been around since before Torres. Some are of the opinion that the sides and back contribute greatly to the sound production and others think not. Some extoll the...
  13. Thread: Uke Plywood

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    If anyone wants my Youthalele plans, send me a PM...

    If anyone wants my Youthalele plans, send me a PM with your email address and I will get them to you. I have sent them out worldwide and they are cheap and easy to build.
    Brad
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    I use mandolin sets, mainly because I also build...

    I use mandolin sets, mainly because I also build mandolins.
    Brad
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    May I offer an alternative suggestion. In my...

    May I offer an alternative suggestion. In my experience, the variance in koa in terms of how you build with it, is the most of any tone wood that I have used. Building a couple of cherry ukuleles...
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    No problem nongdam, thanks for the clarification....

    No problem nongdam, thanks for the clarification.

    Brad
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    Damn, I was hoping that my name would not be...

    Damn, I was hoping that my name would not be mentioned in this thread, but as it has, let me make a few comments on why I should not be used as a model to compare prices by. I have been a part time...
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    Bbycrts dropped by yesterday and picked up the...

    Bbycrts dropped by yesterday and picked up the saw. I am very happy that it went to a good home and will be used to make more ukuleles.

    Brad
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    Thanks Kevin, I did email you the plans. Brad

    Thanks Kevin, I did email you the plans.
    Brad
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    Kevin, I certainly did not mean to imply that you...

    Kevin, I certainly did not mean to imply that you did not know what you are doing, my intent was to supply more information to those without any experience with arch top instruments. The two most...
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    One thing to keep in mind, it is not what tools...

    One thing to keep in mind, it is not what tools do you have that is important, but what tools can you use proficiently. Acquiring any given tool hardly assures success. A router/laminate trimmer is...
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    Hi Kevin, I have made nine arch top ukuleles so...

    Hi Kevin, I have made nine arch top ukuleles so far and before that had over one hundred carved top mandolins and guitars under my belt. I have plans available to anyone who wants them and can send...
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    Thanks guys, my old saw has been directly...

    Thanks guys, my old saw has been directly involved in creating hundreds of instruments and is capable of doing hundreds more. My new saw is not near as fancy as a Laguna 20, I do not want to rewire...
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    New bandsaw, giving away old one

    Just got a new toy for the shop. It is nice to able to resaw one piece tops and backs for tenors and concert now. My old saw could only do that for sopranos. As my shop too small for two bandsaws,...
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    Hey Marco, that is nice looking wood, I'm looking...

    Hey Marco, that is nice looking wood, I'm looking forward to building with it. As my experience with redwood is both limited and a while ago, I will be getting my feet wet again by building a tenor...
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