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    Hey guys, here are the first of the plans. In the days ahead I will be adding to them, with some more construction pictures and general thoughts on the build. If you see anything that does not make sense, or just have questions, let me know.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/7VsFWjpCjP5LWQgX8

    Brad
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzBD View Post
    Sorry Jerry, I had meant to post my side bender photos. You need an 8-10” long section of galvanized or black pipe, around 2.5 to 3.0” in diameter and a pipe strap to secure it to a section of 2x4. These are readily available at Home Depot or Lowe’s, as well as the electric charcoal starter. The charcoal starter will have to be compressed somewhat in a vise to fit inside the pipe. The 1/8” birch ply bends easily at about 250 F and the shape does not need to be terribly exact. The use of the workboard smooths out the shape.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/CRiUCpCeSnywGHpMA

    Brad
    Thanks. I used similar pipe, but it was from a fence, so smaller diameter. I used a propane torch, which lacks any control for temperature. On the other hand, I could have different temperatures at different parts of the pipe.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Thanks. I used similar pipe, but it was from a fence, so smaller diameter. I used a propane torch, which lacks any control for temperature. On the other hand, I could have different temperatures at different parts of the pipe.
    Jerry---StewMac sells a nifty little contact thermometer. Probably others do too. You could know the temp of your pipe and adjust the torch flame to suit. It's probably not critical to know while using a pipe, but I wouldn't bend with a heat blanket without one.

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    Nicely done plans. What about interior plans/drawings that show neck and tail block placement and bracing schemes?

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    Thanks sequoia, there are more drawings and pictures coming. I have set things up so you can do a Spanish heel neck joint or a bolt/screw on neck, I will do drawings for them. And the various bracing options that will be necessary if you go for a solid or thinner top, will also be presented. My goal is to offer something to the widest possible skill/tools variations set as I can.
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    I liked the lute-mandolin simple rounded body. That had me looking. Not sure if the pictures will show up or you have to be a member.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...ki-Build-Diary

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    As requested, here are a couple of drawings showing the two types of suggested neck joints and some photos of my work board and such.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/CxwNmP73P9icpfLfA

    Brad
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    And for those that do not want to bend the sides, here are the old plans. The sides can be curved as shown using the work board. It shows still another way to attach the neck. You can use the dimensions given in the Y3 plans for different sizes. And the bracing shown is not necessary if you are using the 1/8” birch plywood for the top. Thinner woods for the top and back will require braces. I will get to that shortly.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/9WLREHZgXtpRWtSr7

    Brad
    Last edited by BuzzBD; 06-23-2020 at 02:16 PM. Reason: Wrong pics
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzBD View Post
    And for those that do not want to bend the sides, here are the old plans. The sides can be curved as shown using the work board. It shows still another way to attach the neck. You can use the dimensions given in the Y3 plans for different sizes. And the bracing shown is not necessary if you are using the 1/8” birch plywood for the top. Thinner woods for the top and back will require braces. I will get to that shortly.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/9WLREHZgXtpRWtSr7

    Brad
    Great stuff Brad, I made quite a few ukes based on the Youthalele plans you so graciously supplied a few years ago, and a few teardrop shapes very similar to the Y3. Thanks for everything you have done to inspire people to build ukulele.
    Kind Regards
    Dennis

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    Thanks very much Dennis. I am very gratified whenever I hear someone has used my plans to build ukulele, but even more so when someone of your talent and experience does so.
    Brad
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