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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:10 pm 
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SteveSmith wrote:
So, exactly where does the nail gun fit in the guitar stringing process?? pizza


You'd be surprised laughing6-hehe


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:18 pm 
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Filippo Morelli wrote:
He uses the nail gun to threaten his wood suppliers. How else does one get sub $10/set EIRW?!

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um, sure... lets go with that :D beehive


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:21 pm 
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I got the dreadnought strung up so it looks like I'll start on my uke tonight

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:46 pm 
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So I thicknessed the top

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Then I laid out the bracing, but decided to go to bed because it's almost 12 and I've been up for about 36 hours...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:57 pm 
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So I decided to go with a really simple rosette;

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Then I worked on the back strip

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Then I glued on the bracing

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Those clamps look so big wow7-eyes

I like the back strip.

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Here are the plates now that they've been braced

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Bending sides

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I'll let them cool for a little while

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:19 am 
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So I worked hard and was able to get the box closed and the neck laminated.

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Glueing on the top with my high tech clamps

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Now for the neck

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and the box

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:18 pm 
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First I planed the neck to square up the surfaces:

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Then I used the spindle sander to sand the heel to the radius of the body:

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Then I glued the fretboard and headplate on:

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And roughed out the heel:

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I also glued on the top binding:

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My plan is to have this thing completely done by the 18th.


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That fingerboard end shape is going to make it look like the instrument is wearing a tie :)

Quite the speedy building you're doing! Looks good (except for that un-beveled tail block restricting the soundboard's vibrating area... and here I thought you were on my side about that, being a student of Mr. Somogyi pfft)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:27 pm 
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Thanks

Considering that the heel block is less than 1/2" thick (and it's a uke) I didn't really think/care if it would be a slight factor in the tone :D


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You didn't care about the tone??

Better lock your doors because an angry mob of luthiers is heading your way with pitchforks and torches to run you out of town!!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:52 pm 
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Ok, so here's today's progress:

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Looks good Brian.

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thanks, Tony

Here's what the uke looks like as of now. I should be pore filling tomorrow night; this is going so fast I think I might as well start another uke tomorrow :D

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Fretted the neck:

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oval soundhole wrote:
Fretted the neck:


You sure did and it does look like a tie.

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Tony_in_NYC wrote:
oval soundhole wrote:
Fretted the neck:


You sure did and it does look like a tie.


That's what I was thinking.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:26 pm 
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Well considering I have nearly four months left, I still have $100 left in my budget, and I'm about to start finishing this uke I drew up plans for the next uke in my series of 3 ukes I plan on making for this challenge.

Here's the first uke, getting ready for finish...

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And here are the plans I drew up (bridge is just in an approx. location)

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And my materials

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I joined the walnut back too

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Hes a wild man I tellz ya , A wild man !!

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looks good, looking forward to the harp uke!!!

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Awesome! Love to see how much harp ukuleles seem to be catching on.

I don't know whether to feel proud or ashamed of how much time I spend on my instruments. I've only done design work, thinned some plates, and cut half my rosette pieces, and you're already done and on to the next one...

But once again, I'm bothered by bridge mobility restriction... that is, the bass side of the bridge being right up on the perimeter, rather than fiddling the shape and neck angle to get the bridge centered horizontally. As with the un-beveled tail block on the regular uke, I know it's commonly done that way, but for the life of me I can't understand why. Surely it would hurt bass response, which is even more necessary when you need to support the sub-bass string frequencies. Do you have any insight, or just following tradition?


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So I thicknessed the top and I'll brace it today.

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Glueing on the bracing:

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it's gonna be a cute looking little thing Eat Drink

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