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    I usually build in sets of 4, but this time there...

    I usually build in sets of 4, but this time there were two extras that just demanded to get into the current set, so I did 6. 3 orders and 3 'on spec'.
    From left to right:
    concert - mango and...
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    One thing about these various systems that use...

    One thing about these various systems that use some sort of wood cut-out around the edge of the sound port. I thought one of the purposes of binding was to cover the end grain on the top and back. ...
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    What is the volcano made of? Sawn recon-stone? ...

    What is the volcano made of? Sawn recon-stone? Cast resin? somthing else?
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    I go down to my local rent-a-tool place that...

    I go down to my local rent-a-tool place that rents rotary floor sanders for doing hardwood floors. They use 17" disks in a variety of grits. These are really tough (made for power sanding hardwood...
  5. I notice that your end blocks have the top and...

    I notice that your end blocks have the top and back ends tapered so that they are the width of the lining (or thereabouts). Why the taper? Is this also to increase the vibrating area?
  6. Just a note on hardness, because I did not get...

    Just a note on hardness, because I did not get around to posting the info when there was some earlier discussion of fingerboards, and the hardness of katalox and casuarina. (The hardness numbers are...
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    I don't know how your Stella neck was originally...

    I don't know how your Stella neck was originally attached, but a Brace & Dowel Stick is a very traditional method, adaptable with any banjo with a dowel stick.
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    Look at Rickard banjos, he makes great parts....

    Look at Rickard banjos, he makes great parts.
    https://rickardbanjos.com/
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    Cut like mother of pearl

    I cut it just like mother of pearl, with a jewelers saw and a fine blade (3/0 or 5/0). It is a little fragile when cutting real small thin pieces, but not much of a problem. Cuts and smells more...
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    "Next" gets rather experimental. Apple wood cut...

    "Next" gets rather experimental. Apple wood cut from a local orchard, an acoustic U-Base with those funny rubbery strings for my sister, some spalted sycamore I got from a neighbor's tree with a...
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    The latest "gang of four"

    I have been building in sets of 4, as 4 fit into the workshop, and doing 4 at once helps with process time by doing any given operation to all 4.

    Redwood & quilted maple tenor with Richlite...
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    I'll go the other way. I think the under-saddle...

    I'll go the other way. I think the under-saddle Mi-Si is easier to mount (and long term more secure) than the piezo K&K pickups which are stuck on to the underside of the soundboard with...
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    I find "Formby's Tung Oil Finish" but not...

    I find "Formby's Tung Oil Finish" but not "Formby's Tung Oil Varnish". Are there two different products, or is "Formby's Tung Oil Finish" what is being discussed?
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    Amboyna burl

    As a "burl" option, I figured out how to veneer things, so I can have a look of burl, over a much better behaved, and better sounding, substrate. Also one can get really fancy burl veneer much much...
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    I have read that Tru-Oil is "a polymerized...

    I have read that Tru-Oil is "a polymerized linseed oil with other natural oils added." It seems to harden rather quickly (in fact, keeping it from hardening in the bottle is a bit of an issue)...
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    Not having either spray equipment, nor a place to...

    Not having either spray equipment, nor a place to spray things, I have been using Tru-Oil. I have worked out a process that is very simple, not at all time consuming, and yields a very nice shiny...
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    Pro-Glue comes in original "dark" and the new...

    Pro-Glue comes in original "dark" and the new "White". I have used the "dark" because I was gluing up black veneers. I suspect either will work, as the glue line should be really really thin. In...
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    I make my own purfling strips Black-red-black,...

    I make my own purfling strips Black-red-black, black-green-black, etc. for different projects/looks. I glue up 3" wide sheets of dyed veneer using a urea veneer glue Pro-Glue (widely available). ...
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    Can you post some pictures of the back of the...

    Can you post some pictures of the back of the shells? If they have lots of small holes (have been attacked by boring sponges, very common) they are not worth much for inlay.
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    I'm not sure I would have the follow-through to...

    I'm not sure I would have the follow-through to dedicate a thread to the building process. I do post a certain amount of things to my blog at:
    http://www.jupiteruke.com/blog/ if you would like a...
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    The latest set of 3

    The latest set, all with Alaskan yellow cedar necks.
    One standard tenor in 'ambrosia sycamore' with a spruce top, bocote binding, casuarina fingerboard and bridge, sycamore headplate, red abalone...
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    I once built a 'lute' (in quotes because while it...

    I once built a 'lute' (in quotes because while it played, it was a bit of a hack) and I found that tennis racquet string made good tie-on frets. It is hard and takes a good knot, and is available in...
  23. What is the proper term for that (optional) bump on the back of the neck?

    What is the proper term for that bump on the back of the neck?
    Thumb stop?

    Such as this (with credit to Beau Hannam):
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    a little curl helps with oak or ash

    A little curl helps the look of oak or ash a lot, as does perfectly quartersawn oak which reveals a strong medulary ray pattern (often seen in old oak furniture). I built a uke out of ash (first...
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    I got to know (a little) a pearl inlay artist who...

    I got to know (a little) a pearl inlay artist who does fabulous work, and indeed, makes his living doing inlay work. He will show/tell you how he does anything and everything. He has a motto; "I...
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