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  1. #11
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    Collecting ebony sawdust for next time I do inlay work.


    Fretboard was tapered and cut at zero fret.


    I'm anxious about the setting the neck. I messed up my previous two builds that used butt joint dowel-and-glue neck attachment method. So maybe bolt-on style is for me. I think it will work with this SM kit. Ordering hardware from LMI now.
    My ukuleles:
    Locals concert, Fluke concert, Gretsch G9126 guitulele, Kala KA-SSTU soprano, Kala-SSTU-TE tenor, Kala UBass EM-FS
    Build #1 Cheap plywood soprano kit
    Build #2 Stewmac soprano
    Build #3 Stewmac baritone (I messed up the neck angle so rebuilding it)
    Build #4 Stewmac solid koa tenor (in progress)
    Build #5 Stewmac concert (in progress)

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    Really nice job. You gotta love inlaying in ebony. So forgiving. My only problem with the dust and the CA glue method is that I always get some bubbles and some shrinkage. No problem. I just have to do it twice and it disappears. SMD sells some black CA glue which is useful also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsorlien View Post

    I'm anxious about the setting the neck. I messed up my previous two builds that used butt joint dowel-and-glue neck attachment method.
    I made a simple jig to drill the dowel holes. It's a 1" block with a 1/4" piece on top with holes so that you can put it on the body or neck and then see your centerline. I use one side for the neck and the other side for the body. The side for the body only touches on the outer edges so that it doesn't rock on the rounded body.



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    Quote Originally Posted by klr View Post
    I made a simple jig to drill the dowel holes. It's a 1" block with a 1/4" piece on top with holes so that you can put it on the body or neck and then see your centerline. I use one side for the neck and the other side for the body. The side for the body only touches on the outer edges so that it doesn't rock on the rounded body.



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    Thanks for sharing this, and also for the neck fitting jig in the other thread. I'm building the neck/body fitting jig now.

    At least one, and maybe both of the pre-drilled 6mm neck dowel holes are out of alignment with the neck center line. The kit's instructions tell me to use a ruler to transfer the hole locations. I don't think that can be done with any accuracy using a ruler and pencil, and is probably part of the reason my first two Stemac builds have neck angle issues. The instructions do not say one word about keeping the top and neck in the same plane.

    The best solution I can think of requires 2 dowel centering plugs to transfer the hole locations to the jig or body. I bought a set of 6mm to 12mm dowel centering plugs, but the 6mm ones are actually 1/4" so do not fit the neck holes. Rather than ordering another set, I ordered some brass rod and I will try to fabricate a pair of 6mm dowel centering plugs using my drill press as a rudimentary lathe.

    The neck will need quite a bit of 'flossing':


    My ukuleles:
    Locals concert, Fluke concert, Gretsch G9126 guitulele, Kala KA-SSTU soprano, Kala-SSTU-TE tenor, Kala UBass EM-FS
    Build #1 Cheap plywood soprano kit
    Build #2 Stewmac soprano
    Build #3 Stewmac baritone (I messed up the neck angle so rebuilding it)
    Build #4 Stewmac solid koa tenor (in progress)
    Build #5 Stewmac concert (in progress)

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    Other progress: I fabricated an ebony bridge to replace the walnut one provided in the kit:


    Binding the body:




    The soundhole looked too plain. I fixed that:
    My ukuleles:
    Locals concert, Fluke concert, Gretsch G9126 guitulele, Kala KA-SSTU soprano, Kala-SSTU-TE tenor, Kala UBass EM-FS
    Build #1 Cheap plywood soprano kit
    Build #2 Stewmac soprano
    Build #3 Stewmac baritone (I messed up the neck angle so rebuilding it)
    Build #4 Stewmac solid koa tenor (in progress)
    Build #5 Stewmac concert (in progress)

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    Adding an Ebony headstock overlay:




    I still need to take the headstock back to its original thickness. It is too thick now for the tuning machines.
    My ukuleles:
    Locals concert, Fluke concert, Gretsch G9126 guitulele, Kala KA-SSTU soprano, Kala-SSTU-TE tenor, Kala UBass EM-FS
    Build #1 Cheap plywood soprano kit
    Build #2 Stewmac soprano
    Build #3 Stewmac baritone (I messed up the neck angle so rebuilding it)
    Build #4 Stewmac solid koa tenor (in progress)
    Build #5 Stewmac concert (in progress)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsorlien View Post
    The best solution I can think of requires 2 dowel centering plugs to transfer the hole locations to the jig or body. I bought a set of 6mm to 12mm dowel centering plugs, but the 6mm ones are actually 1/4" so do not fit the neck holes. Rather than ordering another set, I ordered some brass rod and I will try to fabricate a pair of 6mm dowel centering plugs using my drill press as a rudimentary lathe.-
    Naw, you are approaching the problem from the wrong end. Just drill out your neck holes to 1/4 inch so the 1/4 dowel pins fit... Also, the holes do not have to match up exactly with your body centerline. Just close is good enough. Heck, as long as they hit the neck block, they could be anywhere.

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    I drilled mine to 1/4" and used a good dowel rod instead of the undersized crap that Stewmac provided. The problem with using the centering plugs is that my holes were drilled at an angle. That caused the points to be aimed away from where the center of hole should be on the body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sequoia View Post
    Naw, you are approaching the problem from the wrong end. Just drill out your neck holes to 1/4 inch so the 1/4 dowel pins fit... Also, the holes do not have to match up exactly with your body centerline. Just close is good enough. Heck, as long as they hit the neck block, they could be anywhere.
    Thanks! I was overthinking this and the solution was so simple.

    Quote Originally Posted by klr View Post
    I drilled mine to 1/4" and used a good dowel rod instead of the undersized crap that Stewmac provided. The problem with using the centering plugs is that my holes were drilled at an angle. That caused the points to be aimed away from where the center of hole should be on the body.
    Yep those Stewmac dowel pins are lousy. I just drilled the neck holes to 1/4" and found some fluted 1/4" x 1.25" dowel pins that fit tightly.

    Thanks for the warning about neck drill hole angle. I think your dowel drilling jig will help expose any such issues.

    Next step is to finish building your neck/body fitting jig and sand the neck to perfectly fit the body.
    My ukuleles:
    Locals concert, Fluke concert, Gretsch G9126 guitulele, Kala KA-SSTU soprano, Kala-SSTU-TE tenor, Kala UBass EM-FS
    Build #1 Cheap plywood soprano kit
    Build #2 Stewmac soprano
    Build #3 Stewmac baritone (I messed up the neck angle so rebuilding it)
    Build #4 Stewmac solid koa tenor (in progress)
    Build #5 Stewmac concert (in progress)

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    The last 8 months have been tough for me. I had two major surgeries, both with difficult recovery. I've had lots of pain, and must follow the restrictions on lifting, twisting, & bending.

    So progress on this build has been slow. Here's what I have been able to do:

    Fit the neck to body, attached with threaded insert and a bolt (from LMI). I also added an ebony heel cap.






    I added a headstock inlay. Unfortunately, the "S" broke when I was pressing it in the routed cavity. But I decided to use it anyway. It looks pretty good IMHO.

    My ukuleles:
    Locals concert, Fluke concert, Gretsch G9126 guitulele, Kala KA-SSTU soprano, Kala-SSTU-TE tenor, Kala UBass EM-FS
    Build #1 Cheap plywood soprano kit
    Build #2 Stewmac soprano
    Build #3 Stewmac baritone (I messed up the neck angle so rebuilding it)
    Build #4 Stewmac solid koa tenor (in progress)
    Build #5 Stewmac concert (in progress)

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