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    Default Bridge saddle and nut day

    Spent most of the day stocking up on spares..I'd run out of ebony saddle and nut strips..and only had a couple of bridges left .. so today I got busy making some more I ended up making 56 bridges here the are after jig drilling the string knot holes
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    Wow, very cool !! Nice work indeed !!

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    You could always try knob thorn (Senegalia nigrescens) for nut/saddles. Harder than ebony with less dampening. It's hardness is more like Lignum but without the CITES classification. The people who supply pen blank material sometimes have it. I've just tried it on a guitalele type guitar and I'm not going back to ebony or bone.
    . . . . that's a fair number of bridges!

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    I count 56. That's a lot of ukes to build. Should keep you busy at Acme Ukes Lmt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sequoia View Post
    I count 56. That's a lot of ukes to build. Should keep you busy at Acme Ukes Lmt.
    There was meant to be 60 but I scrapped 4 due defects in the wood ...Here's an old video of the slotting operation I used to make 3/32" thick saddles but nowadays I cut the slots for 1/16" same as the old Martin style 0. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnLg_B_2Jq4
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    Is it necessary for the saddle to pass slowly under the lathe blade? Could you chuck a drill onto where the crank is (not the human)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Juju View Post
    Is it necessary for the saddle to pass slowly under the lathe blade? Could you chuck a drill onto where the crank is (not the human)?
    I could do it on my other lathe "the Southbend" it has an automatic cross feed...but I don't mind doing it by hand.
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    Now all you have to do is make the bits that connect those two pieces!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hms View Post
    Now all you have to do is make the bits that connect those two pieces!
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    I haven’t liked to ask about the other of the two parts mentioned in the thread title (it might come across badly), but I wonder where they are and how Ken makes them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Greenbag View Post
    I haven’t liked to ask about the other of the two parts mentioned in the thread title (it might come across badly), but I wonder where they are and how Ken makes them.
    Nuts and Saddles ?
    I just make 12 inch long strips out of ebony ..1/16" x 1/4" for saddles and 3/16" x 7/32" for nuts..and i cut and shape them to length when needed .
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