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    I find it fascinating to get a good look inside the box. I hope that you have some great ideas for the rest.

    I am looking forward to seeing the next stage(s). Keep us posted, will you?

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    No laughing, but I make cookie tin ukes and Remo head banjo ukes. Is that headstock a solid piece?
    I might like to take a crack at one just for fun.
    I just use hand saws, dremels and chisels to put them together, but some of them actually play pretty well.

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    Yes, one piece of Koa from head to heel. It is a fun shape to carve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tukanu View Post
    Yes, one piece of Koa from head to heel. It is a fun shape to carve.
    Thanks. I have an old cherry chairleg I may try and chop up. No one seems to want decent hardwood furniture anymore. So much of it seems to end up in the landfill. It so sad. People seem to buy that particleboard Ikea crap

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    Vertical head stocks work very well, but seem a bit weird the first time you use one. If you don't fancy carving the whole neck in one piece, I can recommend a two piece solution. Just a slot in each piece, and the resulting joint is very strong and stable.

    This is the first one I made, back in 2009. I decided to use a zero fret and to do without a nut. The construction is self explanatory.

    John ColterVertical head stock - Oct 2009.jpg

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    Interesting headstock, John. Very much the same idea. You are right about tuning....you crank the tuner on one side of the head and a string on the opposite side tunes up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    Vertical head stocks work very well, but seem a bit weird the first time you use one. If you don't fancy carving the whole neck in one piece, I can recommend a two piece solution. Just a slot in each piece, and the resulting joint is very strong and stable.

    This is the first one I made, back in 2009. I decided to use a zero fret and to do without a nut. The construction is self explanatory.

    John ColterVertical head stock - Oct 2009.jpg
    ooohhh I like that one too. I may try and pirate that idea too. Thanks

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    Never saw a head like that. interesting

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    1. Fret board glued down...note the steel bar for keeping the fret board flat while the glue sets.
    2. The back is braced on a 96" radius disc.
    3. Closing the box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tukanu View Post
    . You are right about tuning....you crank the tuner on one side of the head and a string on the opposite side tunes up.
    That would totally freak me out
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant

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