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    With all the talk of the Youthalele, I felt compelled to buy plywood. I got half a dozen sheets of 1/8" X 12" X 24" birch from Amazon. Now what do I do with it?

    I guess it's better to have the wood without a plan than to have a plan without any wood. I'm thinking of something along the lines of a teardrop shape. No rush, though. I spend a lot of time thinking before I commit to actually doing something. I consider myself an expert at a certain kind of building. It goes by two names: functional and almost perfect.

    As long as it doesn't look laughable, and it does what it's supposed to, I'm happy.
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    I have some birch ply and mahogany door skins. I like the idea of a teardrop better. But I guess I really should finish my other projects first.

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    Teardrop, my favorite shape!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespa Bob View Post
    Teardrop, my favorite shape!
    I thought of that, but I hate just copying someone else's design. I have two teardrops and several that are similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I thought of that, but I hate just copying someone else's design. I have two teardrops and several that are similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by printer2 View Post
    They are like children, you love them all.
    I keep thinking of different designs, but I'm not about to attempt a complicated bending of the wood. I also don't want another figure-8. It will have to be some kind of teardrop.
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    Cut a strip 2 1/2" wide and boil it for an hour. If the glue holds up, bend it around a gallon paint can. If it works, you are on your way to a teardrop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tukanu View Post
    Cut a strip 2 1/2" wide and boil it for an hour. If the glue holds up, bend it around a gallon paint can. If it works, you are on your way to a teardrop.
    Thanks. I'll give that a try.
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    I think you might find 1/8 ply is too thick.

    I've built a camp uke, all 1/16 ply, and that worked pretty well. 1/8 would have been completely dead.

    1/8 could work for back and sides, though the instrument will be heavy.

    I've used slightly thicker ply to make cases, and that bent fairly easily just by heating it to hand hot with a heat gun. The trick is to stop just before the wood starts to scorch It's important to make sure it's hot for a couple of inches either side of the bend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProfChris View Post
    I think you might find 1/8 ply is too thick.

    I've built a camp uke, all 1/16 ply, and that worked pretty well. 1/8 would have been completely dead.

    1/8 could work for back and sides, though the instrument will be heavy.

    I've used slightly thicker ply to make cases, and that bent fairly easily just by heating it to hand hot with a heat gun. The trick is to stop just before the wood starts to scorch It's important to make sure it's hot for a couple of inches either side of the bend.
    Well, I suspect that wood will work fine in my wood stove.

    EDIT: The 1/16" ply is much more expensive than the 1/8". One sheet for $29 vs six sheets of the 1/8" for $31. It would cost $174 for six sheets of the 1/16" birch plywood. Pay more and get less.
    Last edited by Jerryc41; 03-01-2021 at 07:54 AM.
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