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    Latest progress: I received the gramil blade...

    Latest progress:
    I received the gramil blade from LMI, so was able to complete making the tool as originally described in post #19 of this thread. I followed instructions in the video. Had to...
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    First attempt at side bending. First off, I...

    First attempt at side bending.

    First off, I tried using an oven thermometer, but was skeptical that I was getting accurate readings, so I kind of winged it.
    I'm not sure where the sensor is in...
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    I did a fretboard test today to check spacing....

    I did a fretboard test today to check spacing. 20" scale.
    I used a 60˚ V-bit milling 1/64" deep on the line.
    Material is cherry, 7/32" thick, 13/64" dot markers.
    I compared to my Lanikai MA-B, and...
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    I received the silicone heating blanket and...

    I received the silicone heating blanket and controller in the last week.
    The blanket came from member Bob Gleason, Pegasus Guitars and Ukuleles; and I ordered the controller through Walmart when two...
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    Thanks. There are a number of shop made versions...

    Thanks. There are a number of shop made versions on YouTube and the web.
    When you consider that the cost of a commercially made one can be $200 or more, it is very satisfying to have made it myself...
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    Fretwire for Baritone Ukulele

    I'm trying to flesh out a low dollar order to LMI so I can get free shipping. I thought maybe I'd go ahead and get fretwire for upcoming projects.

    I did a search and it appears that StewMac's 764...
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    https://imgur.com/a/wpxGwha Deep reach...

    https://imgur.com/a/wpxGwha

    Deep reach thickness calipers, 8 1/2" depth.
    $25 digital indicator from Amazon, some scrap acrylic, acorn nut + misc. fasteners.

    https://i.imgur.com/HTyOLZ6.jpg
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    https://i.imgur.com/tiGnssk.jpg Mould with...

    https://i.imgur.com/tiGnssk.jpg

    Mould with cauls.
    .080" offset.

    https://i.imgur.com/tiGnssk.jpeg
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    https://imgur.com/a/zlyG6EQ Main part of the...

    https://imgur.com/a/zlyG6EQ

    Main part of the body mould is together.
    It is made up of layers of 1/2" (12mm) Baltic birch ply, for a total thickness of just under 2 7/8".
    Layers are not glued so...
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    Ah, good to know. Thanks.

    Ah, good to know.
    Thanks.
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    Thanks. Having access to a CNC is really...

    Thanks. Having access to a CNC is really convenient.
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    https://imgur.com/a/zpFyHy2 Today I worked on...

    https://imgur.com/a/zpFyHy2

    Today I worked on the template for the mould.

    https://i.imgur.com/nkFoaJW.jpeg

    https://i.imgur.com/hzmua8s.jpeg
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    Based on that, it looks like spruce. Thanks. ...

    Based on that, it looks like spruce. Thanks.

    https://i.imgur.com/ZuvnjQ5.jpg
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    Located in western Missouri, USA. No cones...

    Located in western Missouri, USA.
    No cones available.
    Needle is square in section.
    Google pic of tree:...
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    Wood species identification

    I picked up this log from a neighborhood tree cutting and I'm wondering if anyone could speculate as to the species.

    Thinking I may try splitting and drying and use for braces.
    Diameter is 15"
    ...
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    Sorry, referring to Timbuck's.

    Sorry, referring to Timbuck's.
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    We have ways of making you talk... I just...

    We have ways of making you talk...

    I just spent the last half hour perusing your photo stream. Really interesting stuff.
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    https://imgur.com/a/k8zU4AT I was getting...

    https://imgur.com/a/k8zU4AT

    I was getting bogged down with the engineering involved in building the Fox side bender, so after looking around the web, I opted for a simpler design.
    It is 6 1/2"...
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    https://i.imgur.com/BdGrZwp.jpg I decided to...

    https://i.imgur.com/BdGrZwp.jpg

    I decided to go ahead and make a cutaway profile while I was at it.

    https://i.imgur.com/BdGrZwp.jpeg
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    My plan is to do the compound dovetail. I'm...

    My plan is to do the compound dovetail.
    I'm thinking making a jig based on the one in this video would be simple enough:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01yYq0sGRKM
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    https://imgur.com/a/czGlRgf I got my plans...

    https://imgur.com/a/czGlRgf

    I got my plans scanned, and with the help from a coworker, traced the contour and sound hole center in Rhino. I brought that into Aspire and ran off a 1/4” MDF...
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    https://imgur.com/a/G8yGC4s Not a lot of...

    https://imgur.com/a/G8yGC4s

    Not a lot of progress in the last week or so.
    I worked on a purfling and binding thicknessing jig described in this video:

    Making a Purfling and Binding...
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    What kind of heating element are you using?...

    What kind of heating element are you using?
    Something "off the shelf"?
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    I had some of her books when I started playing in...

    I had some of her books when I started playing in the early 70s.
    This is one of my favorite lines of hers:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hQldclTLwM

    She was a part of the Wrecking Crew (a...
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    100 watts. I tried 60, but it seemed too weak. ...

    100 watts. I tried 60, but it seemed too weak.

    I stockpiled a few for shop task lighting back when compact fluorescents were taking over. I wanted to avoid the expense and hazmat protocols in...
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