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    Thanks Tom,
    One starts out with a few data points and thinks he has truth. The more I learn I begin to understand how much I really don't know. Appreciate the input. I'm finding this trip down the Lutherie Rabbit Hole fascinating.

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    Hi Ron,
    Here are a couple more data points:

    Martin concert ukulele body length 11" (https://www.martinguitar.com/feature...ials/sizetype/)

    Scott Antes concert ukulele plan body length 11" (https://www.lmii.com/plans/3546-plan...ion-incl-.html)

    I found a few other references indicating that 11" or thereabouts is common size for concert ukulele bodies.

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    Thanks again. I have plans coming from Bob Gleason. Will probably follow them closely as I really like the work he has on his web site.

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    Plans arrived this afternoon. Very well done. With them and books from McDonald and Weissenrieder I'm good to go. Building some fixtures and tooling. Thank you all for the collective help.

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    Ron, Don't get caught up in the small decisions. Uke sizes are not exacting. Scale lengths can vary an inch and body dimensions, in length, depth, and width are all over the place. Nothing in the uke world is exacting. If there is anything that really matters, it's that it fits in a case. I always tell people to buy their case and tuners first when designing a uke. Good luck!-Bob

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    Bob,
    Thanks for the reality check. I tend to over think things. I will be shaping the sides with a hot pipe. Getting the 2 sides alike will the primary goal. Following the plan closely will be more a figure of speech.
    Ron

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    Bob's advice is always priceless. An early mentor in my building career, he kept my feet firmly on the ground. Whenever I build what I call a 'traditional style' ukulele I always have in the front of my mind where its roots are - folk instrument culture. Yes, it must be well made but as for rules of building? For me, because of it's 'folk' roots/tradition roots it must not be over engineered (hence my aversion to Kasha bracing) or over designed. IMHO a 'good' build is an honest one where the passion for crfat meets the high standards of tradition.

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    Given that I have 'departed from the way' so to speak to building a very different kind of ukulele to the one you are embarking upon, some might think the aformentioned views hypocritical. I'll take some of that and defend the rest by saying I am digging into traditional south American build forms to meet the modern re-interpreting the role of the ukulele through 21st century technologies - just in case you see a disconnect between what I say and what I do.
    Last edited by Pete Howlett; 08-02-2020 at 01:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Howlett View Post
    Bob's advice is always priceless. An early mentor in my building career, he kept my feet firmly on the ground. Whenever I build what I call a 'traditional style' ukulele I always have in the front of my mind where its roots are - folk instrument culture. Yes, it must be well made but as for rules of building? For me, because of it's 'folk' roots/tradition roots it must not be over engineered (hence my aversion to Kasha bracing) or over designed. IMHO a 'good' build is an honest one where the passion for crfat meets the high standards of tradition.

    Caveat
    Given that I have 'departed from the way' so to speak to building a very different kind of ukulele to the one you are embarking upon, some might think the aformentioned views hypocritical. I'll take some of that and defend the rest by saying I am digging into traditional south American build forms to meet the modern re-interpreting the role of the ukulele through 21st century technologies - just in case you see a disconnect between what I say and what I do.
    I agree Pete. I see plans as a starting off place, good for a beginner who may not have any concept as to how an ukulele is constructed. Once some confidence and experience is attained then some refinements can be explored. The ‘ukulele is a very simple instrument. As someone who can complicate a mayonnaise sandwich I need to constantly remind myself of this.
    Chuck Moore
    Moore Bettah Ukuleles
    http://www.moorebettahukes.com

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    Surprised and pleased at the discussion that has developed here. Never expected this level of support from a beginners question. This forum is a huge resource on many levels.

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    We like to encourage anyone who really 'thinks' about this craft rather than 'expects' - at least I do. I hope you have a pleasant journey to building your first instrument.

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