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    Binding router bits

    I have used LMI router bits with bearings to cut my binding ledges for years. I have several extra spare parts to fit that expensive set of bearings and bits. I'm coming to the end of my last sharp router bits and wondering if anyone knows if the Stew-Mac bits are interchangeable with the LMI...
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    What's your finish preference?

    Thanks. I was actually looking for info from direct experience rather than replies from the web.
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    What's your finish preference?

    I'm also interested in trying Sherwin Williams Conversion Varnish for a finish on some music craft projects. Anyone have experience with that stuff?
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    What's your finish preference?

    Lacquer requires patience and a really good pore fill job. You can fill the pores with lacquer or vinyl sealer, but you could spray a hundred coats and it would still shrink back to show the pores. I started years ago with naptha based pore fillers that I bought from Martin. They would just pop...
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    Fret Dots/Position Markers

    A common mistake for side dots is to use abalone instead of MOP and to use the 1.5mm size. Because of the dark colors in ab, it often just disappears under dim light. MOP is much better. I also use 5mm Paua for most of the face of the fretboard, and 2mm MOP for the side dots.
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    Maple soundhole patch

    Those popsicle stick braces alongside the soundhole work pretty good. 99% of all guitars ever made have them. personally I have always thought they look like just an afterthought. I prefer the donut, made from spruce or redwood. Takes a little extra time and better reinforces the complete...
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    Maple soundhole patch

    Cornerstone is more in keeping with tradition. Softwoods are usually used for that. I also use spruce or redwood.
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    Removing a LR Baggs Pickup

    Us Americans are well known for not learning the language of other cultures and expecting them to all speak the way we do, but in Hawaii most of us do try to honor the Hawaiian language at least on the most common everyday things. Bill Tapia is not saying anything, because he is dead, but...
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    Holes for installing tuners

    There probably is no right way or wrong way of doing the tuner holes, except that the stepped hole is the right way! Like most everyone I suppose, I started my building doing the single size hole, generally the size of the bushing. When I started doing better finishes, I had a couple of...
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    Holes for installing tuners

    Yes, you should drill 1 size hole for the bushing and another for the shaft. It stops the posts from leaning over and binding under string pressure. Stew-Mac sells a 2 step drill in a number of sizes. They aint cheap, but it is soooo nice to have the right tool for the job.
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    An interesting project

    I would suggest that you might look for a better peg than a 2B or a 3B. Too much plastic in those and them often will slip.If you can find them, 6B's hold pretty good. 4B's are better, but not made anymore by Grover. They can still be found on eBay sometimes. Anytime you are installing new...
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    Saddle Material?

    Tim, I started using white paper Micarta when I first began building about 1973. I read somewhere that Martin had used it for nuts and that it compared favorably to bone in density, so decided to try it. Today I still use it, but I use the black color. It comes in "paper" form and "linen" form...
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    Saddle Material?

    I use Micarta for nuts and saddles. To me changing the brand/material/diameter of strings has far more impact on sound than the nut or saddle material. By ear I usually can barely notice any change, better or worse, when nut and saddle material is changed. Various sets of strings can take a uke...
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    Solid linings

    Just because there are ukes out there with very minimal or no linings at all, does not mean it is a good idea to build that way. I have done many hundreds of loose top and back repairs over the years in Hawaii. I can guarantee you that substantial linings are needed in a humid environment, and...
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    had a fun day at the uke gallery with Sam Rosen

    Any uke crazy people who visit Hawaii Island should visit Sam's small ukulele gallery in Holualoa. Besides teaching building classes for many years, Sam caters to local builders only in his gallery. No Kala ukes there! A few art galleries too, all within walking distance of eachother.
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    Who likes quilted maple?

    Was that hard rock maple? The Western quilted maple that I have tried a couple of times was stunning, but the wood was soft and bordered on being floppy. I would not use it again. I've never handled any Eastern quilted maple. Just curious.
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    Super Bit

    I don't know what a perch pole is, but I helped a friend do some building classes at a couple of music camps. Students made around 40 concert ukes and we fitted the neck bolt with a long Allen wrench through a hole in the tail block. We then supplied an endpin and no one complained about the...
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    Super Bit

    Quite sometime ago I bought this little swivel head socket drive that was mentioned here. The blue one in the photo. I think it was in a post by Aaron. Cheap, lightweight tool for dealing with neck bolts. Swivel head with forward and reverse ratchetting.I also picked up a combination set of...
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    Super Bit

    That bit came up as pop-up on my Amazon this morning. They seem to really want to sell these things. However, the AI at Amazon has decided I don't really need one. Like many items on Amazon, they refuse to ship me this one. Usually the reason is because I have a P.O. box and no street mail...
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    Super Bit

    That new bit keeps popping up on Instagram and websites that I visit. Looked like something that might work just the way Ken described it, but if it sorta worked for Ken and works for Chuck, that a is a pretty high recommendation. I'll refrain from looking for it, hoping it just goes away, but...
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