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  1. #2271
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    I don't get it. What would be the advantage? Why not just bend em' on the inside and be done with it. I'm sure there is something I'm missing here.

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    I think that the 'outside' approach is done because this is reverse-kerf lining, so doing it on the outside puts the kerfing's solid band of wood against the side (like regular kerfing is installed) which makes the bending easier with less cracking of the kerfing. Just dampen the kerfing and bend it. However - I now bend the reverse kerfing over a hot pipe to fit it inside. I clamp it down with clothspins to let it dry from the wetting/hot pipe bending. Better bends, less cracking, and I can better fit the kerfing over the inside reinforcement veneer for the side sound port which I run top to bottom, underneath the kerfing.
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    It depends on the wood for me. The basswood reverse kerfed linings worked fine after wetting and pre-bending as I showed above; the Spanish Cedar and Mahogany linings I made of the same size and type would not take smaller curves without breaking if I didn't pull out the bending iron, even if I tried pre-bending them.

    One of the other things I did today was cutting some Rosewood binding strips for the same uke. Using the shelf to hold the .09" Rosewood flat gives me much more accurate bindings and cleaner edges than any I've ever made with a bandsaw. The height of the StewMac fret slotting blade is set so it barely cuts through the Rosewood, and my fingers never go anywhere near a fast spinning sharp metal object.

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    Soprano Martin style waist bends at 1 inch radius sometimes crack or leave gaps in mahogany linings, usually at each side of the waist bends...pre bending I find, gives a nice snug fit, but not always it depends on the wood and sometimes requires after work...Concert size Tenor and those ukes that use much larger waist radius eg: Ditson & Dreadnought are no problem.
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    Sanding the reverse linings flush with the body, stopping often to check my progress.

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    I had a very productive day in the shop. In addition to the work on the kiku that I mentioned in my build thread, I ripped some narrow Rosewood bindings, cut the channels, and bent/glued the bindings on the smaller tenor uke body. I wasn't planning bindings or an end graft on this project, but I decided it needed some contrasting wood to break up the austere appearance of the Spruce top and Ash sides.

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    First dry assembled look at the tenor ukulele from the above post which I built mainly from spare stuff I had laying around the shop. I'm planning to gift this to someone I know who had expressed interest in my instrument work.

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    Absolutely beautiful. Wonderful to see this level of craftsmanship. Thank you for sharing.
    Ed

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    Very nice work! Thanks for sharing.
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