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Message started by JohnSep on Feb 1st, 2011 at 4:11pm

Title: joining back of ukulele
Post by JohnSep on Feb 1st, 2011 at 4:11pm
Hi all,
My name is John and I am new here. I usually read everyone else's posts for info, but this  time I have a question.

When joining the 2 pieces of wood that make up the back does anyone ever add a contrasting piece of plastic binding material in-between the two pieces of wood? I have seen this  done on many guitars and was wondering if it is ever done on ukuleles?
Thanks.  :)

Title: Re: joining back of ukulele
Post by unkabob on Feb 1st, 2011 at 11:28pm
John:
I did that on my first ukulele. There may be a picture of it in the photo board (Show off your ukes). I installed a spruce strip on a mahogany back to make it wide enough. I call it my "skunk strip". I have not had any structural problems with it but install a cross-grain graft for each joint or one wide graft for both joints.
good luck.

Bob ;)

Title: Re: joining back of ukulele
Post by Hana Lima Ia on Feb 2nd, 2011 at 1:23pm
Hi John,

Yes, you can take a look at some examples on this thread:

http://www.hanalima.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1081919930/180

Some photos:

ukabob's skunk strip:


Thats the one right?


Title: Re: joining back of ukulele
Post by unkabob on Feb 3rd, 2011 at 7:17pm
It is sometimes called a marriage strip on guitars.
I was at Kamaka Ukulele factory tour today and saw one dated 1920's with a fancy strip like rope perfling.

Bob 8-)

Title: Re: joining back of ukulele
Post by JohnSep on Feb 4th, 2011 at 3:11pm
That looks really nice.  :)

Title: Re: joining back of ukulele
Post by sailor tim on Feb 5th, 2011 at 6:53pm
another way if you are not trying to gain width is to inlay a strip after joining but before bracing.  This is handy if you are like me and glue your pieces at an 1/8 thickness, it can be hard to keepa small piece with true edges, I have also used it to do a turrquise strip down the back

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