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    Right, it hasn't been glued down yet. An unusual...

    Right, it hasn't been glued down yet. An unusual bridge for sure. Doesn't seem to serve any purpose other than esthetic.
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    Construction is complete with the fret board...

    Construction is complete with the fret board glued down. it is kept in line with two small brads imbedded in the neck. The rubber bands apply even pressure all along the neck, and the steel bar keeps...
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    One last look inside the box. The back has an 8...

    One last look inside the box.
    The back has an 8 foot radius...nice and round.
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    I'm with Mike. That's my preferred method. Also,...

    I'm with Mike. That's my preferred method. Also, I have used truoil cut 50/50 with naptha as a first coat. Also as a last coat because it flows out smoothly...but don't keep going over it.
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    I have a small storage shelf over the bench for...

    I have a small storage shelf over the bench for my go-bars. BTW, the radius dish has a 8 ft rad.130197
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    I decided on maple for the edge binding to...

    I decided on maple for the edge binding to accentuate the curve of the sides:
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    I read a how-to article on making a decal...tho I...

    I read a how-to article on making a decal...tho I never tried it.
    Using a color printer, tape a piece of white tissue paper (the kind that gifts come wrapped in) on to a sheet of copy paper. Print...
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    The creative mind sees beauty and inspiration...

    The creative mind sees beauty and inspiration amid the clutter.
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    Braces glued in place with Go-Bars. 130070 ...

    Braces glued in place with Go-Bars.
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    Braces shaped:
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    Last look before the box gets closed:
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    The neck joint is called Spanish heel. The neck...

    The neck joint is called Spanish heel. The neck extend into the body rather than being attached with a bolt or dovetail. There is a theory that this transfers more string energy directly to the body....
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    With the rosette in place, the top was thinned....

    With the rosette in place, the top was thinned. Thanks to a suggestion by sequoia, the top was thinned to .07.
    Here is another mockup with the rosette in place, fretboard shaped, and the top roughed...
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    I started a building thread down in luthier's...

    I started a building thread down in luthier's lounge.
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    Next was the neck. It is pretty straight forward...

    Next was the neck. It is pretty straight forward process. I did not want any glue joints so I made it out of a single piece of walnut.
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    A mockup to get an idea of the final shape:...
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    The next step was the rosette for the sound hole....

    The next step was the rosette for the sound hole. It is a modified rope, and quite common in older instruments. I couldn’t find a ready-made one so built my own with small pieces of walnut and maple...
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    I decided to use crotch walnut for the body, and...

    I decided to use crotch walnut for the body, and some straight grain walnut for the neck.
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    The grain of crotch walnut wanders all over the place, and you never know if it will take a bend...
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    The first step in building a uke in Chris’s style...

    The first step in building a uke in Chris’s style was to study the available photos, and ultimately blowing one up to life size.
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    The next step was to make a mold for the sides and...
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    Building in the Style of Chris Knutsen

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    I am drawn to single bout ukes like pineapples and teardrops and when I came across some photos of a Chris Knutsen ukulele on Carter Vintage Guitars, I was blown away. The styling is way...
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    I am getting ready to brace a teardrop concert. I...

    I am getting ready to brace a teardrop concert. I always use a doughnut around the sound hole...which probably could replace the lower lateral brace by itself. I plan on using three fans...maybe they...
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    I took the sides down to about .10 I use a pipe...

    I took the sides down to about .10 I use a pipe heated by a propane torch. I misted the pieces just prior to bending....do not soak. I moved along at about a 1/4" at a time and let the wood tell me...
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    Happy to report that the side bending went...

    Happy to report that the side bending went perfectly...almost too perfectly. There is almost no straight grain to prevent splintering in a piece of crotch walnut, so I didnt know what to expect. It...
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    I'm be interested to hear your thoughts. At this...

    I'm be interested to hear your thoughts. At this point, it looks like I am going to go with the walnut soundboard.
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    I was wondering if the sound might be too mellow....

    I was wondering if the sound might be too mellow. I thought about using a torrefied spruce, but aesthetically a walnut sound board would look the best.
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    I have had the pieces for about 5 years, and no...

    I have had the pieces for about 5 years, and no movement, or checks. The pieces were dressed down to about an 1/8" back then.
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    All walnut top, back sides, and neck

    I am getting ready to build a "Knutsen Inspired" concert. I have some beautiful crotch walnut that I have been dying to use. Does anyone have experience with a walnut sound board?
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    ahhhhh STEP 55.

    ahhhhh STEP 55.
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