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    The Tree quilted mahogany for uke sets

    Are you going to paint it blue?
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    No more tedious saddle-sanding by hand? (belt sander)

    First off remove the belt part's sanding table from its storage position on top of the belt. It can come useful if you stand the belt vertical there is a single bolt at the back you undo to flip it up. The table can then be bolted with the wide part 90 degrees to the vertical belt. The open belt...
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    What's happening in your shed?

    Here we have a pangolin uke and a koalalohalele. The bodies are made from Monterey pine the pangolin's fretboard and bridge are from Tasmanian oak and the koalalohalele fretboard is karri. Fret markers were punched from an old plastic lid. The pangolin tail/fretboard was left wider than needed...
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    What's happening in your shed?

    This UVBass is a semiacoustic version of a flying V as a Bass ukulele. Body is made from my old kitchen cupboard doors, blackwood for sure but who knows from where. Neck is Tasmanian oak. Fretboard and bridge are recycled ironbark flooring. The V on the 5th fret and fret markers were made by me...
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    What's happening in your shed?

    12 years and a couple of hundred instruments and I never realised that cutting and reattaching the headstock spline flips the headstock. Obvious now that you see it on this pangolin uke tail/headstock. Good thing I've got plenty of offcuts to make a new tail bit.
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    I have a harp uke & want to add undersaddle LR Baggs 5-O pickups to both saddles

    I have used 2 piezo pickups wired in parallel in my 5 string ubasses without many issues. Just needed to get the 2.5mm mono earphone sockets to match the ones used on most pickups.
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    Holes for installing tuners

    I use a cheap step drill bit. The 4 to 12mm in 2mm steps (leftmost in picture) seems to work with the 6 to 8 step for most open geared tuners that have a bushing and the 8 to 10 step is almost perfect for most sealed tuners. I just had to take a grinder to the 12mm lip so it now is 10mm to the...
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    What's happening in your shed?

    This Kenbacker is a solid body bass ukulele loosely patterned after a Rickenbacker inspired by Lemmy from Motorhead Ace of spades theme. Hence all the mother of pearl spades all over it. Body is made from an okoume fj project panel most of these sorts of panels are a bit multicolour/patchwork...
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    What's happening in your shed?

    This is a semiacoustic version of a flying V Bass ukulele. Body is made from my old kitchen cupboard doors, blackwood for sure but who knows from where. Neck is laminated from blackwood and Tasmanian oak floorboard. Fretboard and bridge are recycled ironbark flooring. Fret markers from akoya...
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    What's happening in your shed?

    Just another koalalele Meranti body, bandsawn bowl back style. fretboard from recycled ironbark floorboard, fret markers from kitchen leftover abalone shells. The coin in the headstock was stamped out by me using the print your own Australian dollar machine at the Royal Australian Mint.
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    What's happening in your shed?

    5 string bass uke. Bought the string set on Ebay and it had a rogue brown string in it . The supplier told me that was why the set was reduced. Didn't tell me that beforehand though. Body is from a sink cut out from a laminated meranti bench top. Neck from an old door jamb.
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    Vise

    The vice I use the most is a cheap drill press vice. It holds small objects like tailpieces, bridges and saddles steady enough without bolting it down so I can work on them without fear of them flying off on me. The other vice like holding work thing I own is a folding workbench. That holds...
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    What In The Name Of Creation?

    Given some of the dodgy looking hand made contraptions I've seen people proudly displaying on the cigarboxnation.com forums that purport to be pickup winders, that thing would make some of them drool with envy. Doesn't look as fancy as the computerised one Crimson Guitars were demonstrating one...
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    End of the Road

    Reminds me of a professional boat maker who once reminisced how many of the people who did his courses would contemplate retiring to build boats. He claimed he would take up merchant banking when he retired. Perhaps you could take up stockbroking.
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    What's happening in your shed?

    Thar she blows! Whale whale whale, what do we have here then? Shiver me timbers of Monterey pine for the body and Tasmanian oak for the fretboard. The bridge is Tasmanian blackwood with a melamine (chopstick) saddle and the fret dots in abalone kitchen leftovers. Terry Pratchet fans among you...
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    Neck for a solid body electric ukulele

    Leverage is less on a ukulele scale length and is also reduced due to being only 4 strings. I have not bothered with a truss rod but did make a laminated neck. Using Australian hardwood also reduces the flex in a neck.
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    Tahitian ukulele build

    I have my sound boards for Tahitian ukes ukes at 2mm or under. The only bracing is an ultra thin bridge patch that extends almost edge to edge. Yours looks far nicer than mine do. The only ones apart from the ones I've made that I've seen in person were in Vanuatu where they are a lot less...
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    Carving Back & Sides From A Single Block of Wood

    It's not that I stopped doing it that way I just went in all sorts of other directions. These days most of my builds are kind of a variation on solid block. https://www.instructables.com/Band-Sawn-Bowl-Ukulele/ This method allows me to use thinner wood than if I used a single solid block and...
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    Carving Back & Sides From A Single Block of Wood

    Carving out from a single block is one of the earliest techniques used for making stringed instruments. My earliest attempts at ukes all used that method and I still occasionally dabble in the technique mainly because it gives great freedom in the shapes that can be achieved. Even Pete Howlett...
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    Tools to dress sharp fret wires

    I file flat at around 60 degrees then just dust my fret ends with 400 grit or so sandpaper using my fingers to provide the pressure. This generally gets them smooth to the touch but not semehemispherical or anything fancy.
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