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    Steam bending has and is being done for...

    Steam bending has and is being done for instrument making. I always wanted to build a steam box powered by a wallpaper stripper, but alas I never got round to it.
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    You should be able to buy cork tiles from any...

    You should be able to buy cork tiles from any hardware store. That's what I used when I made my spool clamps.
  3. My email address has been on every posting of...

    My email address has been on every posting of mine for probably ten years and I have never had one spam message or anything similar in all that time. I have however generated quite a few sales from...
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    Hey Jim, This is the one I used.

    Hey Jim,
    This is the one I used.
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    Hey Jim, Nice to see the SC in good hands. The...

    Hey Jim,
    Nice to see the SC in good hands. The tension hooks do tend to work loose over time, just tighten them evenly 1/4 to 1/2 a turn at a time and use the clock face method of tightening. I'm...
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    Top quality I would assume at that price.

    Top quality I would assume at that price.
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    Nice job. Looking good.

    Nice job. Looking good.
  8. Yes, it is pretty unique, Kaikura was cut off for...

    Yes, it is pretty unique, Kaikura was cut off for some considerable time due to the enormous amount of work needed to repair the main highway in. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip.
    Best wishes
    Dennis
  9. Kaikura . East coast South Island NZ

    Kaikura . East coast South Island NZ
  10. Thanks Jim, I hope you enjoy the SC, look forward...

    Thanks Jim, I hope you enjoy the SC, look forward to the video.
  11. And G'day to you, the South is new to me so lots...

    And G'day to you, the South is new to me so lots of surprises and a few adventures ahead no doubt. I took the scenic route out of Picton around the Queen Charlotte Sound, sealed road but steep and...
  12. Thanks Terry, I hope you make it over here one...

    Thanks Terry, I hope you make it over here one day, I'm pretty sure you would love it. Just for you this is where I had lunch today. A little bay on Queen Charlotte Sound.
  13. Thanks everyone, I won't bore you with lot's of...

    Thanks everyone, I won't bore you with lot's of photos, just the odd postcard now and again.
    Best Wishes.
  14. Postcard from New Zealand. (The first day of the rest of my life)

    An off topic post I know but I though some of you might like to know that I ended up following my dream. The house sold in November and in December i purchased a Motorhome to live in permanently and...
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    Have a very close look at your headstock and a...

    Have a very close look at your headstock and a very close look at a Stromberg. Completely different.
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    :rulez: I am retired and dustfree Jim, but thanks...

    :rulez: I am retired and dustfree Jim, but thanks for the thought.:)
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    Southern Cross Banjo Uke (Anyone selling one)

    Hi, if anyone has one for sale let me know. I have just been contacted by a buyer from the UK who wants one if you know of one, or have one for sale let me know and I will pass along the buyers'...
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    This was based on Brad's Youthalele which I built...

    This was based on Brad's Youthalele which I built some time ago. I still play it. Brad's plans are a great introduction to Uke building.
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    Looks like a Tenor banjo to me.

    Looks like a Tenor banjo to me.
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    Great stuff Brad, I made quite a few ukes based...

    Great stuff Brad, I made quite a few ukes based on the Youthalele plans you so graciously supplied a few years ago, and a few teardrop shapes very similar to the Y3. Thanks for everything you have...
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    Yes, it will work fine. I made mine about six...

    Yes, it will work fine. I made mine about six inches long, but really you only need them about an inch more than the widest uke body you're ever likey to build. I bought a threaded rod in 1mtr...
  22. Thread: Wood Plane

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    I jointed dozens of tops and backs on a shooting...

    I jointed dozens of tops and backs on a shooting board, and a block plane. No need for $200 jointing planes. Block plane $10.00
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    The square ones are exactly the ones I made, they...

    The square ones are exactly the ones I made, they worked better than my round ones.
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    Have a look at shellac. Very easy to apply,...

    Have a look at shellac. Very easy to apply, brush,pad, spray. I tried most finishes, tru oil, lacquer, and settled on Shellac, over forty banjo ukes and a few ukes, works well. Dries quickly, very...
  25. Thread: Great luthiers?

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    OK, you had a problem with the time difference....

    OK, you had a problem with the time difference. My last piece of advice, let it go.
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