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    I made my tenor with soprano wire because I...

    I made my tenor with soprano wire because I thought the vintage Martins looked nice but found that with the higher bridge, you needed to put your fingers closer behind the frets. This got fatiguing...
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    It's a 3/16 rise across the 8 5/8” width of the...

    It's a 3/16 rise across the 8 5/8” width of the lower bout (which an online arc tool says is a 5’ radius). I can’t tell for sure from the PDF if it's the same radius longitudinally but it might be. I...
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    I think a through neck is going to give you more...

    I think a through neck is going to give you more latitude in how you construct your body. A bolt-on would require that the soundboard be glued to the sides to create the sort of secure, rigid box...
  4. The one I have is called “ Salon Sundry...

    The one I have is called “ Salon Sundry Professional Single Pot Electric Wax Warmer Machine for Hair Removal or Paraffin” on Amazon but there are a few that seems very similar. The price now seems...
  5. I get my hide glue from Lee Valley. I had their...

    I get my hide glue from Lee Valley. I had their hot plate style warmer but found it was getting too hot if left for more than about a half hour. I replaced it with the cheap wax warmer suggested by...
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    From my experience (being a total of one koa...

    From my experience (being a total of one koa uke), stay away from water-based pore fillers. I used some over shellac, sanded between coats and on the second application, it made ugly, olive drab...
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    I don't want to be a safety nag but I've read...

    I don't want to be a safety nag but I've read warnings about zinc fumes that come off galvanized steel when heated. I don't know the exact temps but BBQ enthusiasts are warned to steer clear of the...
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    Thanks Jim, I guess my other stuff is...

    Thanks Jim,

    I guess my other stuff is automatically hidden and it's only because it's my account that I can see it....I feel old.
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    Recording of home made koa tenor

    -deleted up until I can figure out how to link to file-
  10. Thanks Saltytri. That's nice to know. Yes Ken,...

    Thanks Saltytri. That's nice to know.

    Yes Ken, I did my first uke with an internal mould too, roughly following that Henry Ford video but without a neck. I saw your version as well but a little...
  11. Pore filling on early island ukuleles?

    I'm going to make the early 1900s style koa soprano featured in Graham McDonald's book and I'm wondering if surviving examples are French polished or just given a coat of shellac, or something else?
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    My first ukulele was an all walnut soprano. I...

    My first ukulele was an all walnut soprano. I only had a flat sawn board, so laminated the neck from two halves. It didn’t seem any harder to work than the sapele neck I made afterwards. It'll turn...
  13. Love that opening chapter on the island style...

    Love that opening chapter on the island style build! edit - it was a little bit confusing figuring out how to download it to my iPad but that's done and it looks like a great book. I’m really...
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    Vintage Martin necks are thinner than most of the...

    Vintage Martin necks are thinner than most of the newer ukes I've seen.
  15. To hopefully save you some grief if you hand...

    To hopefully save you some grief if you hand plane it- don’t plane into a stop the way you would on thicker stock. Clamp it at one end and plane away from the clamp.

    Honestly, if you're not in...
  16. You can set the chip breaker super close on a #4...

    You can set the chip breaker super close on a #4 and get good results but when you're trying to get down close to the final thickness with the smallest risk of tearing out, I think the Veritas low...
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    I found it wasn’t a huge hassle to take my phone...

    I found it wasn’t a huge hassle to take my phone with the LMI plans to the print shop inside a local Staples. They were sized perfectly for whatever the standard dimensions are in that format (I...
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    I went a tad too thin on my walnut soprano. The...

    I went a tad too thin on my walnut soprano. The sound really fell apart on heavier strumming. I added a single, very light light spruce brace down the middle - not easy to work through that tiny...
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    I’m in for an e-copy. I like that you're doing so...

    I’m in for an e-copy. I like that you're doing so many styles. I'm hoping the rope binding is shop-made.
  20. My favourite was the second tune he...

    My favourite was the second tune he played....like Rhiannon Giddens' fretless nylon 5-string banjo. Now I'm checking out wood top banjos on YouTube.
  21. Beau Hannam fretless tenor on Hawaiian Music Supply videos

    At about the 45 minute mark, Canadian luthier Jake Peters is playing it like an oud.

    Very cool instrument and sound.
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    After adjusting the saddle, I thought I'd post a...

    After adjusting the saddle, I thought I'd post a sound clip before I pack this up to ship off to a friend in Vancouver.

    Again, thanks to everyone on this forum for the advice and more generally -...
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    I know it’s isn't answering your question but I...

    I know it’s isn't answering your question but I want to make one too...The Met Museum has a wild looking fish shaped, 4 stringed rajao alongside it's ukulele.

    It's hard to tell behind glass but...
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    On my first attempt, I mucked up my bindings...

    On my first attempt, I mucked up my bindings twice - rounding the corners too thin while trying to get the sides flush. Then I switched to a lightly cambered scraper and it went perfectly. I picked...
  25. This YouTube video is what I followed. It didn’t...

    This YouTube video is what I followed. It didn’t use the pipettes in the demo but wish I had because it's pretty challenging to control the amount otherwise. You want to try to keep it between the...
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