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    "You'll need to trim some excess off of the 4 ends to allow them to fit in the jig"

    I've built seven ukes from Stew Mac kits and that's exactly right. Concentrate on getting the joint perfect at the lower end of the body, where it will be exposed. The neck end of the body will have the seam covered by the neck joint, of course, so that is not critical.

    John Colter.

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    Good to know I didn't get a wacky kit John, and I plan on doing just as you suggest.

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    Well, I'm not a big fan of the body jig as it turns out.

    It worked good to determine how much to trim off the ends of the sides, but as a gluing jig, not so much. My issue was that the tail and neck blocks have a slight radius, which I assume the sides should follow when being glued. My problem was that when I tightened my clamps on the jig, there were gaps on either side of the block centers- the clamp 'wanted' the surfaces to glue flat, not curved. It could be that I needed even more clamps, although the instructions & photos don't mention that. I ended up gluing the blocks & sides together without the jig, using every clamp and all the patience & verbal restraint I could muster. But the seams look really good so far; I'll know more tomorrow when I remove the clamps.
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    I think the seams turned out pretty good considering not using the body jig:
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    Glueing the linings, a real clamp-o-rama. My cam clamps are really coming in handy.
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    Linings installed; starting to take shape.
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    I love the homemade clamps :)

    You should build yourself a "G0-Bar" deck next ... very handy things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerbelly View Post
    Linings installed; starting to take shape.
    If you plan on binding the uke, those thin linings maybe too thin. Not enough meat.

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    No bindings for this one; it's just a basic first-time build per the instructions.

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    Edges of body sanded flat & parallel, and front & back bracing shaped to nice peaks today:
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