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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2022 4:22 pm 
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The title should actually read “comments and feedback Wanted.”

I’m finally getting around to doing something I’ve been meaning to do. I figured if I wait until I’m ready, I’ll never be ready.

Here’s the pilot, and naturally more to come. I plan on making it shorter (I think this was way too long), but I’ve had good feedback on the format, so far. And I’m gonna take my time, so this is not a “view right now” thing.

Comments, feedback (and subscriptions) welcome. . . ;)

https://youtu.be/iWnZirA8w_0

[youtube]http://youtu.be/iWnZirA8w_0[/youtube]


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2022 3:53 pm 
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First name: Colleen
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Looks good! I’m building a guitar right now, but I acquired a number of ukulele tops (spruce) from a well-known wood dealer who’s no longer in business ((he harvested the trees himself), so I’m interested in learning how to make ukuleles. I made a violin a number of years ago (first instrument build). I gather that Koa is the traditional wood used for ukes, what are some other woods that work?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2022 4:56 am 
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Koa and mahogany have been used for over a century.

But modern builders use many different woods. I've also built with yew, cedar, cherry, maple, walnut, spruce and oak - they all work for tops as well.

If you pair a softwood top with a different species for back and sides you have loads more choices.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2022 4:59 am 
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Colleen_M wrote:
Looks good! I’m building a guitar right now, but I acquired a number of ukulele tops (spruce) from a well-known wood dealer who’s no longer in business ((he harvested the trees himself), so I’m interested in learning how to make ukuleles. I made a violin a number of years ago (first instrument build). I gather that Koa is the traditional wood used for ukes, what are some other woods that work?

I’ve gravitated to this for a number of years.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2022 8:25 pm 
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Just in case, I’ve made some progress on the video build, here’s the next sequence.

Thicknessing top/back/sides
http://youtu.be/yU6foilBkTw

Pre-tapering sides and making a side template.
https://youtu.be/KJISaNigQpM

Bending sides in 2 minutes.
https://youtu.be/VK-O--PUx6g

Gluing neck and tail blocks.
https://youtu.be/HCIK7GeJYT0



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