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    Default First one finished!

    Built in the Palomar College Ukulele Building Class over the last 4 months.
    1 Class per week made for a long build, but I'm pleased with the first attempt. Mistakes are something you use for "Design Opportunities" according to the Class Instructor.
    Using that theory, I had quite a few opportunities.
    Spruce top/ Maple back & sides/Acacia bindings,Headstock veneer and Tail wedge/Mahogany neck/Rosewood fretboard & Bridge.
    Pore sealed with Seal Lac and finished with Royal-Lac Super Blonde Shellac-wet sanded to 12.000 Micro Mesh.
    I dont like "ears" on Ukuleles so I chose Grover friction tuners. I think they go well with the vintage Gibson Tenor headstock design I 'borrowed"
    Headstock inlay was laser cut , then filled with colored epoxy
    The build Thread is here:
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...n-Diego-County


    fin7.jpgfin6.jpgfin5.jpgfin4.jpgfin3.jpg
    Last edited by pahu; 12-13-2016 at 05:28 AM.
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    More pics
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    Congratulations on successfully completing your first build. I really enjoyed your build thread, the instrument is beautiful and you should be very proud.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Great work Pahu!
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    Timms Style 0 Solid Mahogany Soprano, KoAloha KCM-00 Solid Koa Concert, CML Electric Concert Ukulele, Korala PUC-20-BK Solid Plastic Concert , CML Solid Western Red Cedar/Spalted Curly Maple Tenor

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    That is sooo good Pahu, congrats.
    Trent

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    Congratulations Pahu. How does it play/sound?

    The Royal-Lac finish looks great and really shows off the Maple well. Was it difficult to do?

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    Thanks to all. This Forum and your willingness to share your experiences was great encouragement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gleibitz View Post
    Congratulations Pahu. How does it play/sound?

    The Royal-Lac finish looks great and really shows off the Maple well. Was it difficult to do?
    Dan, I only strung it yesterday and strings are still stretching, but so far I really like the Spruce/Maple combination.
    The Royal Lac is just a fancified Shellac, and application is pretty much the same. I like that it's local to me here in San Diego, and the Owner of the Company
    is very responsive to inquiries. He emailed me back the same day when I had a question. He also imports the Shellac flakes if you want to mix it yourself.
    https://www.shellacfinishes.com/prod...ory/royal-lac/
    You do need to let it dry longer than traditional shellac before handling and sanding.

    It also comes in various natural tints- I wanted as clear as possible("Super Blonde" is not as yellow as other Pre-mixed shellac in a can)
    A well-respected Guitar maker did a video on the application:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6ofOgw-Bno
    They also have a new product that is a 2-part catalyzed finish that cures very hard in a few days.
    Last edited by pahu; 12-13-2016 at 11:22 AM.
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    Sound sample?

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    COngrats- now repeat

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