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    While my skills with regard to the ukulele remain unproven, would be happy and honored to participate.
    I've got backs sides and tops sliced and thicknessed. While these were cut for tenor and bari would work for soprano. (remember those sides that came out real thin?).
    Or, just let me know what I can do.
    Fred

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    I'm trying to wrap my head around the logistics of how this will work. Depending on the number of people contributing, would it not be better to let the builders do a complete part, such as a braced top or back. Cutting out one half of a soundhole and have it match the other half sounds difficult, not to mention a rosette. If we have to ship the various parts back and forth too much, the cost of shipping is going to greatly exceed the value of the work. Just my thoughts. It would also be a good idea to create a certificate that lists the builders, their location, what they made and out of what and date, to go with the instrument.
    Brad

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    I would suggest a progressive build. First person mills wood, joins tops and backs and does soundhole inlay then its mailed to the next person who bends the sides and glues the blocks in then it goes to the next to do the bracing and glue the top and back on etc. etc. That way, only one person needs to have the bending mold to do the sides. Everyone that participates can sign the label that goes into the soundhole at the end.

    The shipping may exceed the cost of the instrument, depending on how well it sells, but if each person covers their portion of the postage then it shouldn't be more than $15 per person at the most.

    Andrew
    Last edited by thistle3585; 04-30-2010 at 10:46 AM.

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    We can pitch in, but not inlay, sorry - we're not equipped to do that, except with knives and chisels. And I don't think we should do the side bending - we just don't have that down to specs yet. Top, back, neck, headstock, heelcap, fretboard, nut, bridge, tuners, string-up, set-up... would be fine.

    Vic, it was your idea, so I guess it's your call.

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    Several good points above. A tier up approach might work where several people at a lower level build parts in parallel the the next level up turns those into sub-assemblies and ship to the final assembler.
    For example, someone makes top braces while another makes the top. Those components are sent to the next person who does the rosette and glues on the braces and sends to the next person to meet up with the sides and back.
    Same idea with the fret board, frets meet up with the neck and ultimately with the body.
    Process would probably require a bolt-on neck and there may be some other trade offs as well.
    Seems would be more efficient to have the work and transit time going on in parallel as much as possible and perhaps provide an opportunity to have more people involved.

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    I'm no uke builder, and I can't help with the project, but I love the idea. The finished uke could be given away in a UU contest, or it could be auctioned off on eBay....with the proceeds benefiting charity. Either way, I'd love a chance to win it!
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    Fahrner, I like the way you think mmhmmm... Could you be the director then? We already have peeps picking their parts... once we get the complete parts list assigned to the builders it's a done deal. I've decided which part I wanna do, the inlayed headstock veneer. I'll try to put up a complete parts list tommorow with 27 photographs with arrows and circles and marks to explain just what should happen at the completion of the crime. This will happen.

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    One thing though... It would be really cool if each builder built his or her part out of the wood of their choice, and shape it their way... not to match someone elses work, just match the joints. I know that's kinda limited when building within the constraints of a standard instrument design but I mean... shape the brace like you want... carve your names on the back of your work, be creative and let's hope it all fits together. Cool beans.
    Last edited by Vic D; 05-01-2010 at 06:18 PM.

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    I'm in - sounds like fun

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    Hi All, just finished up Spring Unveiling here in Cannon Beach, which is a three day all town party. A very nice event this year. Anyway, I had a few hours this afternoon, but did not feel like any serious work, so I made this top. It is one half koa and one half myrtle, joined at a diagonal. Thought I might jump start this project. If you would like to use it, I can continue to work on it, soundhole, rosette, braces or whatever; or send it to whoever is next. Let me know Vic, it is your project.

    Brad
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