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  1. AYC is a prized wood in the boat building world....

    AYC is a prized wood in the boat building world. For its stability.
  2. Thread: Drum sanders

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    Bob, may I ask where your friend lives?

    Bob, may I ask where your friend lives?
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    https://nwtimber.com If what you want isn't on...

    https://nwtimber.com

    If what you want isn't on the web site, call them. They have a lot of things that aren't on the site.
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    Well done!

    Well done!
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    Very nicely done, Gerard!

    Very nicely done, Gerard!
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    Friday Harbor

    Friday Harbor
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    post apocalypse

    post apocalypse
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    Very, very slick!

    Very, very slick!
  9. I've built quite a few 18" tenors and players...

    I've built quite a few 18" tenors and players seem to prefer the timbre that results from tuning down. An 18" tenor can certainly be successfully tuned in C, but not with standard tenor string sets...
  10. Good point. The overlay looks different in the...

    Good point. The overlay looks different in the photo but is actually the same as the back and sides. Since it's in a different plane, it has picked up reflected light that makes it look lighter....
  11. Thanks, Jim! In this case, I decided to take some...

    Thanks, Jim! In this case, I decided to take some extra time to try various strings at each position to achieve good tone and balance from string to string. That's not to say that a pre-packaged...
  12. Oops! Duplicate. But while I've got the floor,...

    Oops! Duplicate.

    But while I've got the floor, thanks to all for your kind words and encouragement!
  13. Thanks, Kevin. Right: there's no bracing on...

    Thanks, Kevin.

    Right: there's no bracing on the back. Using a laminated back versus a braced single layer back isn't really a tonal requirement. The back could be built either way but I've gone to...
  14. Thanks, Pete! You're right that it looks grey...

    Thanks, Pete!

    You're right that it looks grey in the photo. It's actually a light colored cherry on both back and sides.
  15. New Ono Tenor - Bubinga, Ancient Spruce and 18" Scale

    Yesterday I took photos of this new tenor before packing it up to send to the owner.

    The back and sides are unusually figured bubinga that shows both curl and quilting. Both are laminated with...
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    I'm going to throw this out here even though it...

    I'm going to throw this out here even though it may not be directly pertinent to your problem. Someone might do search for AquaCoat and koa, find this, and be saved from disaster.

    NEVER use...
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    I've built a few out of quilted maple. It tends...

    I've built a few out of quilted maple. It tends to bend into facets rather than smooth curves. Not for the faint of heart!

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50507556061_ef3daa09b1_c.jpg
  18. Pete, I've finished a number of instruments with...

    Pete, I've finished a number of instruments with Brite Tone and have found that it buffs out very nicely without witness lines. I can't say the same for other water based products that I've tested....
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    Agreed. I had a planer with a spiral head. It...

    Agreed. I had a planer with a spiral head. It tended to tear wood with any sort of figure and it was difficult to make thin plates even with a sled. Sure, there are times when it's necessary to make...
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    Bob, you're so right! When I visited Les Stansell...

    Bob, you're so right! When I visited Les Stansell a few years ago, he showed me the Laguna Driftmaster fence on the big Laguna that he uses for resawing. As you might guess from the name, it has a...
  21. Listen up! Pete has dropped a real nugget here,...

    Listen up! Pete has dropped a real nugget here, folks. :)
  22. I just weighed two tenor necks that are underway....

    I just weighed two tenor necks that are underway. Both are fully shaped but unfinished, with fretted boards and peghead overlays place.

    18" scale, 19 frets, quilted big leaf maple: 9.3 oz

    17"...
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    dog lt ....

    dog lt

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  24. Thread: Black Limba

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    Pete Howlett has built quite a few black limba...

    Pete Howlett has built quite a few black limba ukes over the years and speaks well of its tonal properties. It ranges from very plain in appearance to very interesting. This is an outstanding board...
  25. Well put, Aaron. :)

    Well put, Aaron. :)
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