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    I once ruined a beautiful rosewood (East Indian...

    I once ruined a beautiful rosewood (East Indian of course) fretboard by snapping it into small pieces in a fit of anger after I goofed profiling it. What a waste of good wood. Made me cranky for...
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    This is what the experts say about telling the...

    This is what the experts say about telling the difference:

    Identification: As mentioned previously, the wood of African Mahogany features an endgrain that is, for the most part, absent of any...
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    1. Ah yes, my maybe silly little invention (?)...

    1. Ah yes, my maybe silly little invention (?) which I call the "bite me" patch. The patch goes under the central fan which has been notched. The idea is to distribute the upward force on the top by...
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    It is very difficult to just look at a picture of...

    It is very difficult to just look at a picture of a piece of wood and identify it. That being said I think that yes, it looks a lot like a piece of Swietenia macrophylla also called Honduran mahogany...
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    I would agree that ~ .075 is about right for a...

    I would agree that ~ .075 is about right for a hard top. But it is really more about bracing than top thickness (although that is certainly important) that gives the ukulele a good sound. I've...
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    Link is invalid Ken. Try again?

    Link is invalid Ken. Try again?
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    Simple timeless design executed well... Just cut...

    Simple timeless design executed well... Just cut those string whiskers off the tuners and it would be perfect (just my little obsession). I use fingernail clippers. Nice work.
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    Sure if you can get away with that and don't have...

    Sure if you can get away with that and don't have to go too deep. Otherwise you will have to take the entire finish off if it doesn't match.
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    Wow. That is a rather large dull spot alright. My...

    Wow. That is a rather large dull spot alright. My thought is that something got on the wood there that is inhibiting the alcohol from absorbing into the wood. Glue perhaps? Wax? Fixing it depends on...
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    Ah yes, the self inflicted injury. I'm sure we...

    Ah yes, the self inflicted injury. I'm sure we have all been there. Big lesson I learned is to: Stop! Think! Wait! and then fix. Sometimes the solution is simple... I see you got the hammer dents out...
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    I use a cheap Stanley finger plane I picked up in...

    I use a cheap Stanley finger plane I picked up in the hardware store years ago on sale for $5.99 USD. It's ugly, cheap and utilitarian, but does the job perfectly. The finger or what I call a thumb...
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    I have never used it before but here are some...

    I have never used it before but here are some data:

    Average Dried Weight: 50 lbs/ft3 (800 kg/m3)

    Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .62, .80

    Janka Hardness: 1,490 lbf (6,640 N)

    Common...
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    Looks good Tony. Looking forward to what you...

    Looks good Tony. Looking forward to what you think of the sound.
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    I also use a similar bending method (sorta) and I...

    I also use a similar bending method (sorta) and I always get some racking (twisting) of the wood. Correctable by clamping in a mold prior to gluing on tops and backs. I think this is one of the draw...
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    Here are some specs on Osage Orange (also called...

    Here are some specs on Osage Orange (also called Bois d’arc) versus rosewood.

    Average Dried Weight: 54 lbs/ft3 (855 kg/m3)

    Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .76, .86

    Janka Hardness: 2,620...
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    That is virtually no spring back. Like to see...

    That is virtually no spring back. Like to see that... How are your perpendiculars? Sides 90 degrees to the deck?
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    I can see them... But it is easier to embed them...

    I can see them... But it is easier to embed them in the post by uploading directly from your computer where they appear as thumbnails rather than using a third party like Google or Facebook. Make...
  18. Thread: The Cost

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    Good one. I like that... Interestingly of all the...

    Good one. I like that... Interestingly of all the ukes I have sold, not one person has pointed out a flaw. I've noticed that people don't really look at them the way we do. We know where the bodies...
  19. Thread: Radius dish?

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    I got one of SMD's sanding discs. Hideously...

    I got one of SMD's sanding discs. Hideously expensive as usual, but I use it a lot. Grit is 50 by the way.

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  20. Thread: Radius dish?

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    Ditto. 80 grit.

    Ditto. 80 grit.
  21. Thread: The Cost

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    I've been building and selling ukuleles for six...

    I've been building and selling ukuleles for six years now. Over that time I've made $22,750 dollars. That works out to $3,791.66 cents a year. Obviously no one could live on such an income. However,...
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    I like to build multiples because I can turn to...

    I like to build multiples because I can turn to another one while glue is drying which is just a wait step. Keeps things moving along... I'm not sure I'm familiar with using a duel shellac/tru-oil...
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    What a shocking picture of destruction! Our...

    What a shocking picture of destruction! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
  24. I'll bet it is... I am not worthy.

    I'll bet it is... I am not worthy.
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    Like Beau (Beau knows) I just use denatured...

    Like Beau (Beau knows) I just use denatured ethanol (camp stove fuel ethanol 99% pure). Stinks but non-toxic vapor. Toxic to drink obviously. Cheap.

    Certainly Everclear is the go-to solvent for...
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