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    Quote Originally Posted by jcalkin View Post
    Huss & Dalton is another guitar company that uses no neck tenon, brass inserts directly into the neck, and two bolts through the neck block. I would never consider any other method, though I have lately switched to threaded steel dowels in the neck rather than inserts on my ukes, and only one bolt.
    Thanks for this! It's an eye opener. And Printer2.

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    You should probably define your definition of "Loose". For some, loose means 1/64th (0.5mm) gap, for others a 2mm gap.

    Sometimes I over cut one side of a tenon and/or it gets routed and the center of the tenon is misaligned to the body center line.

    In such instances, I CA glue a shim (a piece of 0.020") to one side of the tenon to pack it out so i get a tightish fit.

    It's not so tight that I can pick up the body by the neck without bolts. But there is decent wood/wood contact.

    After I put in the inserts, I flood the tenon with thin ca glue to solidify the entire area. (I have youtube videos of this whole procedure)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau Hannam Ukuleles View Post
    You should probably define your definition of "Loose". For some, loose means 1/64th (0.5mm) gap, for others a 2mm gap.

    Sometimes I over cut one side of a tenon and/or it gets routed and the center of the tenon is misaligned to the body center line.

    In such instances, I CA glue a shim (a piece of 0.020") to one side of the tenon to pack it out so i get a tightish fit.

    It's not so tight that I can pick up the body by the neck without bolts. But there is decent wood/wood contact.

    After I put in the inserts, I flood the tenon with thin ca glue to solidify the entire area. (I have youtube videos of this whole procedure)
    By "loose tenon" I mean that the tenon is not an extension of the neck (same block of wood), but a separate piece from the neck and the body. The fit was was very good, a good friction fit. I epoxy-ed the tenon into the neck, into a mortise/pocket created in the heel of the neck. I should have provided a picture but I still haven't gotten back to that.

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    Although either term is equally correct, I prefer to call loose tenons, floating tenons. The loose tenon always sounds like an ego-damaging admission of sloppy joinery

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