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    The body is done, here are some pics. How’s it...

    The body is done, here are some pics. How’s it looking so far?

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/iNJU2x2W63Nxi7fp8
    Brad
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    https://photos.app.goo.gl/hTkPGZLks9Lv7BVf8 ...

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/hTkPGZLks9Lv7BVf8

    Here are some pics
    Brad
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    Thanks Jim, and for those who were not around for...

    Thanks Jim, and for those who were not around for the first Fun Build, Ken Timms posted a link to a YouTube video of it and a link to the aborted second one on the What’s Happening in Your Shed...
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    New 10th Anniversary Fun Build

    Ten years ago I was finishing the final assembly of the first Fun Build ukulele. The concept was conceived by Vic Jones of Blue Frog Ukuleles. Basically several uke builders from around the world...
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    Aloha Titch, sounds to me like you would be a...

    Aloha Titch, sounds to me like you would be a perfect person to lead the next Fun Build. I have started a new solo Fun Build some days ago to finish what I started almost 10 years ago. When I am...
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    Thanks very much for posting those Ken, I have...

    Thanks very much for posting those Ken, I have been trying to remember who made what and the video answered that. Unfortunately, the thread posted was about the second fun build that I was not able...
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    Hey Ken, the fun build, that brings back...

    Hey Ken, the fun build, that brings back memories. I am trying to remember who was involved and of those, who is still building. So far for those still around I have Ken, Vic, Sven and me. Two of...
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    Thank you Pete, our friend Bob Gleason is coming...

    Thank you Pete, our friend Bob Gleason is coming over here for the Kauai Ukulele Builders group meeting at the end of the month and wants me give a presentation on these. And Taylordb it would be...
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    OK, here are the pics showing the basic steps in...

    OK, here are the pics showing the basic steps in making a finger plane blade. The Sawzall blades shown are 7” long and 3/4” deep. The blade dimensions are 1 1/2” X 5/8”. I use a Dremel tool with a...
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    As about one half of the instruments I have built...

    As about one half of the instruments I have built have been carved top and backs, convex soled finger planes are a necessary tool for graduating the thickness and the smaller ones do work very well...
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    I have several of the Ibex planes from Stew-Mac...

    I have several of the Ibex planes from Stew-Mac and find the 30-36 mm body, 10-12 mm blade width to be most useful. I will add that finger planes are pretty easy to make, both in flat and curved...
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    The distance from the nut to the center of the...

    The distance from the nut to the center of the 12th fret is 1/2 of the scale length. The distance from the center of the 12th fret to the center of the saddle should be 1/2 of the scale length, plus...
  13. There are a couple of threads about becoming a...

    There are a couple of threads about becoming a luthier going now, so I will throw out a few of my ideas. First of all, there has been no mention of the GAL, (Guild of American Luthiers). They are a...
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    Aloha and welcome. There are many variables in...

    Aloha and welcome. There are many variables in answering your questions. Type and stiffness of the wood you are using are a couple of them. A ballpark figure to aim for is somewhere between.065”...
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    I have made many spruce topped sopranos. They...

    I have made many spruce topped sopranos. They tend to be loud and punchy with strong fundamentals, but with less overtones than hardwoods generally.
    Brad
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    Once again I am offering a ukulele building...

    Once again I am offering a ukulele building course at my home on Kauai. I did this last year and it was a lot of fun. Basically you spend 8-12 days at my home/shop building the ukulele of your...
  17. Most of the Ditson ukulele had the distinctive...

    Most of the Ditson ukulele had the distinctive mini dreadnaught body shape, wider waist and less curvy than the standard Martin shape. The bindings and parend are plastic.
    Brad
  18. Thanks Bill, it was fun to build. Brad

    Thanks Bill, it was fun to build.
    Brad
  19. FS Ditson/Martin Style 3K reproduction by Brad Donaldson

    While going through the Tom Walsh-John King book on The Martin Ukulele, I noticed that the only koa ukulele made by Martin for the Ditson dept. stores were either a style 1K (12), or a style 5K (22)....
  20. I always use a drop of super glue (CA) on the...

    I always use a drop of super glue (CA) on the knot of wound strings with string through bridges. It helps prevent any unraveling issues.
    Brad
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    Thank you Pete, I always enjoy watching your...

    Thank you Pete, I always enjoy watching your videos.
    Brad
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    I have the iStroboSoft on my IPhone and have used...

    I have the iStroboSoft on my IPhone and have used it for years. It is accurate enough that I use to tap tune the components while building.
    Brad
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    Looks like the 2D has 12 frets to the body and...

    Looks like the 2D has 12 frets to the body and the 2LD has 14.
    Brad
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    That is too thick. I bend at 1.6 - 1.8 mm

    That is too thick. I bend at 1.6 - 1.8 mm
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    Hey Teri, I will make it a point to have one on...

    Hey Teri,
    I will make it a point to have one on hand when you visit in January. Looking forward to meeting you.
    Brad
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