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  1. Thread: The Cost

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    Wanted to ref the great Charles Dickens knowing...

    Wanted to ref the great Charles Dickens knowing you would do it for us you clever clogs Ken!
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    Used to do that one time Ken. I can see the...

    Used to do that one time Ken. I can see the advantage but only in a production shop which I no longer run...
  3. Thread: The Cost

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    It is not rocket science: you must receive more...

    It is not rocket science: you must receive more in than you pay out... If you cannot focus on this then be prepared to go hungry. Being an 'artist' or a 'craftsman' is just the third of it...
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    Here's my thinking in the first 16 minutes of...

    Here's my thinking in the first 16 minutes of this long workshop visit...


    https://www.facebook.com/no1petehowlett/videos/10158907909091031
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    There is so much content on the internet that...

    There is so much content on the internet that purchased courses seem to me to be redundant now... despite how good or otherwise they may be. It's the reason I haven't done it because nothing can...
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    One piece front and back. Also a properly jointed...

    One piece front and back. Also a properly jointed seam needs no reinforcement. BTW - the uke is loud and proud!
  7. So it burns in then? What are the ingredients?

    So it burns in then? What are the ingredients?
  8. Brave - any burn-in between coats? Website is...

    Brave - any burn-in between coats? Website is vague on composition - you state 'waterborne nitro..' What does it say on the can because if this is nitro it cannot be shipped worldwide except in...
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    Got one for rough stock prep. Noisy beggars but...

    Got one for rough stock prep. Noisy beggars but good for initial prep.
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    Warnign: I am expressing 'my views' not 'the...

    Warnign:

    I am expressing 'my views' not 'the view'. I've done this before and upset people who post here. I am not saying you are wrong, though I strongly challenge your views. This is called...
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    New bracing on a Concert

    I am using a vFan brace pattern and have at last done away with the Brace that I usually fitted below the sound hole. Made for a killer instrument. I need to make more of these non 'floating brace'...
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    Did you read my response? This is not theory it...

    Did you read my response? This is not theory it is practical. The company concerned had to sell at cost a whole huge batch of instruments and go back to the drawing board. I value the real thing over...
  13. Thread: X Bracing

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    A first for me though :)

    A first for me though :)
  14. Thread: X Bracing

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    Nice clean building Brett. No nonsense bracing...

    Nice clean building Brett. No nonsense bracing and linings. I like the look.
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    Question for Alaine: Why would you want the backs...

    Question for Alaine: Why would you want the backs responsive. The early elite instruments of a well known ukulele brand ran into trouble because of this very thing - the back 'stealing' energy from...
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    Pre CNC days the jig I designed took an hour to...

    Pre CNC days the jig I designed took an hour to make and 10 minutes to execute a fully profiled (no string ramps) headstock... It's rocket science this one :)
  17. It's stiffness you are looking for in most...

    It's stiffness you are looking for in most aspects that 'count' in building stringed instruments. The weight paradigm is false. What you are looking for is the energy to be concentrated at the bridge...
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    I don't wet sides unless I have to have the iron...

    I don't wet sides unless I have to have the iron hot+
  19. Thread: X Bracing

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    I am so touched that my peers Beau, Aaron and Bob...

    I am so touched that my peers Beau, Aaron and Bob chipped in, especially my longtime friend and mentor Bob. I'm glad we all met on my tour in 2016. That isn't to diminish the contribution of others....
  20. Thread: X Bracing

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    Thank you fellow builders. Pretty much confirmed...

    Thank you fellow builders. Pretty much confirmed my thoughts. I'll use my full width shaped bridge patch system with a single scalloped x brace. Cylinder top and back - took 3 hrs of CNC to machine ...
  21. Thread: X Bracing

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    X Bracing

    Anyone had experience of using x bracing for tenor ukes. I am trying to build a cylinder front and can only think that an X brace will hold the shape
  22. It sold almost immediately on my FaceBook page. I...

    It sold almost immediately on my FaceBook page. I will have another available later this month as well as one of these:

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  23. SOLD Pre Owned Howlett Ditson style concert:

    It's a sad day when one of my clients has to give up playing ukulele. This instrument came back into my hands and I am selling it for them.

    AAA curly koa body with Khaya neck, rosewood...
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    Give me a call. Sign up to my FaceBook group...

    Give me a call. Sign up to my FaceBook group (below). Unless you have 'constant' use for a thicknesser spend your money on other tools. I have some ideas. I also have uke specific tonewoods and...
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    Graham - don't look for excuses for me. My health...

    Graham - don't look for excuses for me. My health has not made me a grumpy old man. I've always been that way. I do however get vexed when people do not do some basic research, ask inane questions or...
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