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    My latest one is a combination of both types.
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    I'd recommend a mold, especially for beginners. My molds are much simpler (cruder?) than Ken's. Key advantages are keeping symmetry and holding the sides square. Once you can bend sides well and see if they are square to the top all the way around, you can do more free-hand styles of building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinus View Post
    The ones I build so far where with the solera, but just like HMS said: the symmetry sucks... Planning to build a mold now...... :-]
    Don't build the mold too heavy. Do it like Pete and Ken, their molds are ace. But I still like my solera, because the inserts I use are symmetrical, the ukes are too.

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    I think that technically a Solera is a dished work board and comes from the Spanish method of Guitar making. It doesn't automatically indicate that the sides and the instrument are built free form. In fact very few are built free form. The solera method nearly always incorporate a type of mould.

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    You're right Michael. I called my device a work board with exchangeable soleras when I made it and that's a much better way of describing it than a solera with different inserts. The thin solera inserts are all dished of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuck View Post
    My latest one is a combination of both types.
    Ken - whatever you produce is very precise and always looks pleasing to the eye, be it a Uke, a SoleraMold, or a Nut spacing gauge! Every builder has there little tweaks - Id like to see you using this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukuleleCraig View Post
    Ken - whatever you produce is very precise and always looks pleasing to the eye, be it a Uke, a SoleraMold, or a Nut spacing gauge! Every builder has there little tweaks - Id like to see you using this.
    Ok Craig..There are a couple of Youtube vid's here......That show it in use

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTC3b...ULsTGoMthfyFvw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgSaTilURn8
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    Here’s my Soprano building board loosely based on the solera.

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    Ken you’ve invented the “Moldolera”. Well done!
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    I use a solera for my ukes.
    I am a luthier specialising in historical and world stringed instruments. You can see more info at my website.

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