What's happening in your shed?

Got a new blade this morning and have just resawn some Black Limba, top back and sides for a Size 5 Terz clone.
And a piece of reclaimed Wenge I’ve been carrying about for about 5 years. It was painted gloss grey with ‘cupboard no.10’ written down one side, amongst a bunch of pieces I acquired from a closing down reclamation yard opposite my old house.

Love me some black limba. Never had any as hole-free as yours appears.
 
Never had it before. Stick to natives really, but kept seeing pretty pretty ukes in it, and then came across some billets and just couldn’t help myself.😂 This is the least attractive billet of the 3 too.
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Periodically, my insanity meter gets dangerously high from too much shop clutter, and I have to reorganize the layout, purge, or utilize materials, and so I decided to tackle this planned project. Some rolling-instrument carts.

I had few goals with it. While the colors were done with rattle cans, I wanted test my air-gun and compressor at home, which I did with three primer coats. I wanted to do some curving masking design, necessitating pinstripe tape use. That was more challenging than I expected. Avoiding line wobble requires care not to stretch the tape or hesitate in application movement. I wanted to employ the use of a projector to model an image. Lastly, I needed some place to house more dang upcoming instrument builds, and should I identify an opportunity to do a trade show or something--I wanted an eye-popping, memory-imprinting, landmark for potential "victims" -- 'er potential buyers.

I guess I'm about "100 steps into this journey of 1000 miles," so I may as well keep walking.
 

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Milled up some Cedar of Lebanon which came from the grounds of Salisbury Cathedral for soundboards. I bought it already dry about 6 years ago. Cut a 3ft section off the end to resaw into 8” wide pieces. Wide and long enough for a 5 string Harp Tenor Guitar I have in mind, with 5 sub bass.
 

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Periodically, my insanity meter gets dangerously high from too much shop clutter, and I have to reorganize the layout, purge, or utilize materials, and so I decided to tackle this planned project. Some rolling-instrument carts.

I had few goals with it. While the colors were done with rattle cans, I wanted test my air-gun and compressor at home, which I did with three primer coats. I wanted to do some curving masking design, necessitating pinstripe tape use. That was more challenging than I expected. Avoiding line wobble requires care not to stretch the tape or hesitate in application movement. I wanted to employ the use of a projector to model an image. Lastly, I needed some place to house more dang upcoming instrument builds, and should I identify an opportunity to do a trade show or something--I wanted an eye-popping, memory-imprinting, landmark for potential "victims" -- 'er potential buyers.

I guess I'm about "100 steps into this journey of 1000 miles," so I may as well keep walking.
I love these. A proper 1980’s Santa Cruz Skateboards look about them. Great.
 
I love these. A proper 1980’s Santa Cruz Skateboards look about them. Great.
Very "rad" of you to say. I'm so stoked at such a kind comparison. I was an avid skater kid in those days. I had gone through a number of decks by the big names--"Powell Peralta," "H-Street," and yes, "Santa Cruz." I was ever vigilant in the search for "Animal Chin"--found him once hanging out with Bigfoot (real name Daryl). Yeahhhhhhhh (successful trick execution in front of onlookers)! Once a show-off...

Best of luck in all of your trick attempts!
 
Very "rad" of you to say. I'm so stoked at such a kind comparison. I was an avid skater kid in those days. I had gone through a number of decks by the big names--"Powell Peralta," "H-Street," and yes, "Santa Cruz." I was ever vigilant in the search for "Animal Chin"--found him once hanging out with Bigfoot (real name Daryl). Yeahhhhhhhh (successful trick execution in front of onlookers)! Once a show-off...

Best of luck in all of your trick attempts!
I’m 46 now. Falling off starting hurting too much a looong time ago. 😂
Off piste snowboarding is the way to go now, much softer landings ( although tends to take longer to stand back up ironically)
I also rode many boards by those brands back in the day though. Fond memories indeed.
 
this one is headed to be donated to my kid’s school benefit auction. it was a collaboration with another parent who designed the artwork. excited to say that even with the unique sound holes it still sounds wonderful!

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Let us know how much it went for $. A bunch I hope.
 
this one is headed to be donated to my kid’s school benefit auction. it was a collaboration with another parent who designed the artwork. excited to say that even with the unique sound holes it still sounds wonderful!

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This is a really cool design!
 
Nothing is in my "SHED" except for things I don't care to have in my SHOP..which is a total wreck right now.. because I need a LOT bigger SHED..
 
12 years and a couple of hundred instruments and I never realised that cutting and reattaching the headstock spline flips the headstock. Obvious now that you see it on this pangolin uke tail/headstock.

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Good thing I've got plenty of offcuts to make a new tail bit.
 
The monsoons have let up today after well over 2 meters of rain in the last couple of months. Got some time in the workshop this morning making some more progress on a couple of tenor ukes.

Pore fill session #2 on an Australian Blackwood Tenor and Ambrosia Maple Tenor.
 

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Got three sop's going, and decided to record top measurements. Here's pix of each top with weight and thickness. (Not that these numbers mean much alone, without the resulting elasticity/rigidity which is the more important factor- but I don't have a way to quantifiably measure that yet.) I get the weight with top cut to size and just a little bit overhang around the edges remaining, and the braces attached and shaped.

#1 is some Cuban mahogany (I believe), which is the heaviest of the three (39.5-ish grams). (Ignore the glued down headblock in the photo - it doesn't count). The 54 thou is about where I usually go.
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# 2 is some softer Honduran mahogany. The thickest of the three and yet the lightest. Just over 21 g! I have high hopes for this one.
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# 3 is a mistake turned experiment. Also the light Honduran mahogany. I sanded it much too thin. Down below 40 thou in some spots! It was FLOPPY. I decided to try to salvage it by trying a more robust bracing scheme. It ended up adding some weight, but got it back to being acceptable stiff. I probably should have made that transverse brace below the soundhole go all the way across, but oh well. I'm curious how this one will turn out I suspect too loose and thumpy still, but could be a nice surprise. May have to use light strings.

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The bracing is all Engelmann spruce.
 
The monsoons have let up today after well over 2 meters of rain in the last couple of months. Got some time in the workshop this morning making some more progress on a couple of tenor ukes.

Pore fill session #2 on an Australian Blackwood Tenor and Ambrosia Maple Tenor.
Which soundboard choices did you go with in the end?
 
The latest set, three siblings:

Concert - Florida rosewood (Dalbergia sissoo), aromatic cedar top (Juniperus virginiana), 'Picasso' headplate & rosette, side sound port, scoop and arm bevel in pomelle sapele, large wood dots on ebony fingerboard, curly mahogany binding.

Tenor - quilted maple & water tank redwood, ebony headplate & fingerboard with swan & Advaita symbol inlays, spiral rosette in black pearl. Black-red-black purfling, quilted sapele binding, side sound port.

Baritone -casuarina & water tank redwood, ziricote headplate & fingerboard, 'Picasso' rosette and end graft, gold frets & tuners, koa binding, side sound port.
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The latest set, three siblings:

Concert - Florida rosewood (Dalbergia sissoo), aromatic cedar top (Juniperus virginiana), 'Picasso' headplate & rosette, side sound port, scoop and arm bevel in pomelle sapele, large wood dots on ebony fingerboard, curly mahogany binding.

Tenor - quilted maple & water tank redwood, ebony headplate & fingerboard with swan & Advaita symbol inlays, spiral rosette in black pearl. Black-red-black purfling, quilted sapele binding, side sound port.

Baritone -casuarina & water tank redwood, ziricote headplate & fingerboard, 'Picasso' rosette and end graft, gold frets & tuners, koa binding, side sound port.
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All 3 are gorgeous.
 
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