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    Default 2x4 challenge

    This might be a fun thing to do.... not sure if I could squeeze it in but I am looking for a suitable 8ft length of pine

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    Got some 4 X 2 Rimu In the shed, what's the challenge?
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    If it is what it sounds like, I am up for it too. My first attempt was largely from a lump of knotty pine from B&Q and if I'd known about bridge compensation at the time it would still be ok.
    Max

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    I don't know what Pete has in mind, but I might have a jump start already!

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    I think it's buy a piece of 2 x 4 from Home Depot or B&Q and see if you can make a half decent uke out of it. I think we can set a rule that the main body of the instrument and its constituent parts need to be made from this plank with the exception of the bridge, fingerboard, fretwire, nut and saddle material.

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    Is there any specification as to what type of uke: soprano, concert, tenor, cigarbox, pineaapple?
    I would imagine soprano, but need to know the rules.
    Pictures and sound clips will be needed of course. Maybe the best efforts could be raffled somewhere?

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    Hmm...been meaning to try an all softwood body someday. Maybe this is a good excuse

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    You can make a bridge and fingerboard out of it if you bake em like I did on the Pallet uke.

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    Your Pallet uke is what came to mind when I read this.
    My Real name is Terry Harris

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    Great idea - that would be a much more demanding challenge. If we stick to the 2 x 4 and use Ken's idea for baking the fingerboard and bridge I think we could have some fun. Any size would work for me since I am not competitive and would not want to get into a spitting contest over this... I will hunt out a piece at the weekend and do some research on that Japanese scorched finish... Nice little holiday project Mine will be a ditson style concert I think, naturally with no binding or rosette.

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