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  1. I have that planer and it works very well for...

    I have that planer and it works very well for thinning clear straight grained pieces down to less than 2mm, as others have said you have to be very careful with figured, curly grained wood as it can...
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    Thanks to all for the help.Cut to shape first and...

    Thanks to all for the help.Cut to shape first and then bend.
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    cutting sides to shape

    Please excuse my constant questions but I have another one. When it comes to cutting the sides for an arch back uke to the proper shape do you cut to shape first or bend and then shape?
    Thanks
    Bill
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    silicone heating blanket

    I'm looking at buying a heating blanket to try and improve my side bending skills. There are so many power options out there all the way from 250w to 1200w. What's do you all recommend for power for...
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    I've been using a home made softener containing...

    I've been using a home made softener containing glycerine, alcohol and water for side bending. I'd like to try one of the commercial products but I can't find these in Canada and shipping from the...
  6. Thanks for posting these videos,they are very...

    Thanks for posting these videos,they are very helpful.


    Bill
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    Thankyou for your replies, the laser tool has a...

    Thankyou for your replies, the laser tool has a steep price and learning curve so for the few ukes that i will build so it seems it's not going to happen.Based on the replies I will try some simple...
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    cutting inlays

    I'd like to add inlays to my ukulele projects,something a bit fancier than round dots and I have no idea where to start.My fine motor skills aren't up to cutting them by hand so I've thought about a...
  9. That's a nice looking instrument. If I may ask...

    That's a nice looking instrument. If I may ask how did you do the headstock inlay? Making inlays is something I'd like to learn.
    Bill
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    Thanks for the replies, I enlarged the slots a...

    Thanks for the replies, I enlarged the slots a little bit so it took a light tap to seat them and used epoxy on the fret ends. All better now.
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    I should mention that the slots were cut before...

    I should mention that the slots were cut before glueing on the neck It's only the last 4 frets that are an issue the other 16 went nicely. Besides it seemed like a good idea at the time. I think I'll...
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    Fret installation tips

    For my second build I will install the frets after the neck and fretboard are installed. I tap the frets into place and then use a press to seat them but I'm not sure how to deal with the frets over...
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    If you have a wood lathe there are some youtube...

    If you have a wood lathe there are some youtube vids on making a lathe mounted drum sander.There's also tips for building a thickness sander using a portable belt sander.
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    Pushing the stock through by hand will get...

    Pushing the stock through by hand will get tedious. Drum sanders can only take small amounts per pass (lots of passes) and any pauses in the pushing will make a dimple in the stock.
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    I don't know much about spraying finish,I pad on...

    I don't know much about spraying finish,I pad on lot's of coats of 1 lb mix and sand progressively finer.I polish the last coat with extra extra fine steel wool and "feed and wax" It gives me a nice...
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    I've found using multiple coats of 1 lb cut gives...

    I've found using multiple coats of 1 lb cut gives me much better results than the thicker cuts. It takes longer but works better.
  17. This sites software is very frustrating, even...

    This sites software is very frustrating, even trying to post a link to a reputable ukulele plan site (Georgia Luthier) results in the dreaded "spam" message. A note to the site admin PLEASE fix this!
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    The georgia plans come as a efile that allows you...

    The georgia plans come as a efile that allows you to have up to three full size sets printed. I found them to be very complete.Their construction guide was not as helpful.
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    That's the very same sander I have, mine is...

    That's the very same sander I have, mine is branded Shopfox.The hook and loop drum makes paper changes a bit easier.Like you I use a sled for the thin pieces.
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    Have a look at the Shopfox 12 in drum sander. I...

    Have a look at the Shopfox 12 in drum sander. I recently bought one and I like it so far.Like the grizzly it's not open ended and I need to use a sled to reliably sand less than 1/8".
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    Chuck, Lee Valley tools have a 1/8 in dremel bit....

    Chuck, Lee Valley tools have a 1/8 in dremel bit. Search their site for
    product number 86j04.06. I tried to add a direct link but the forum software says its spam.???????
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    Chuck that's a picture from the web that I...

    Chuck that's a picture from the web that I referred to for how to ideas when I built the bridge for my baritone uke.I followed the plan I got from Georgia Luthier and It turned out well for a first...
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    I think this is what you're looking for.. The...

    I think this is what you're looking for.. The edges of the tie block have bone strips to keep the strings from biting the wood.

    https://i.postimg.cc/QMFL7LMw/maxresdefault.jpg
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    I'm using a piece of melamine covered shelving as...

    I'm using a piece of melamine covered shelving as a sled. To keep things from sliding around I glued two wide strips of sandpaper to it. On a test with a 2 ft by 1 in strip of walnut I took it down...
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    home built bender

    Michael, not wiring questions but what did you use for heat,what sort of probe for the pid and where did you place it? I'm using a shop built bender with a 150 w light bulb for heat and no temp...
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