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    hey, i had this idea and wanted to se if it would work. i decided that i wanted to build a uke, so i was thinking of ideas. if i just carved one block of wood into the whole body including neck and head without having to glue anything together, would that work? and also, how much does a huge block of koa cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad32593 View Post
    ...how much does a huge block of koa cost?
    Ah, 1 million dollars!


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    lol@ Renaissance-Man !
    not sure about that question

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    If it's a huge block I'm guessing a million and a half. (BTW, I have one for sale.)
    Chuck Moore
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    OK guys, he's serious, so we should also be serious. I once carved an acoustic ukulele from a block of wood over a very long weekend. This involved hollowing out the entire body of the instrument with a sharpened spoon, and required hours of painstaking work. I don't suggest it.

    Oh, you mean electric. Yeah. I've seen that.
    "When I'm not playing ukes, I'm volunteering at a shelter for battered fish sticks." -- Dave Alexander

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moore Bettah Ukuleles View Post
    If it's a huge block I'm guessing a million and a half. (BTW, I have one for sale.)
    I'll go $1,499,999 AND throw in a free toaster.

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    No, seriously now. Does he need Koa for the whole body? And wouldn't it be easier and more efficient to glue/fasten woods together as opposed to building from a big block of Koa?
    "When I'm not playing ukes, I'm volunteering at a shelter for battered fish sticks." -- Dave Alexander

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave alexander View Post
    And wouldn't it be easier and more efficient to glue/fasten woods together as opposed to building from a big block of Koa?
    I dare say, I think you may well be onto something, old chap...

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    Definitely possible, but judging from your questions, sounds like you're a beginner. I would suggest getting a kit from Grizzly or Stewmac to start. It's not that hard, but the first time you do anything, the process can be overwhelming.

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    i plan on taking a piece of wood, about the length and width of a tenor, and carving that into a uke. once im done, i will cut off a top layer, and then hollow the uke out and then glue it back one. seriously though, does anyone know where i can get the wood?

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