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Reply #90 - Jun 3rd, 2008 at 8:52pm
 
And this is my wife Deborah's uke.  It's her first.  We have each built a guitar also.  The pictures don't do it justice.  There is a flower inlaid on the back of the neck.

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Reply #91 - Jun 6th, 2008 at 7:40am
 
Lefty, I am glad you got these posted because they are really cool!   Shocked    Both the quality of your ukes and check out these photos!  Professional quality white room!

The natural rough edge bridge is beautiful, excellent touch.
Tasteful choice of materials, I like the all-natural look.  Outstanding. 

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Reply #92 - Jun 7th, 2008 at 7:46am
 
Asa,

  Thanks for the kind words.  I am real happy with the looks, hope it sounds good.  I started the uke in a guitar making class at Palomar College in Northern San Diego County in September.  Finished them just in time for the year end banquet then delivered them to the Del Mar Fair where they will be on display with other student projects.
  The photos were taken at the banquet by a professional photographer so I can't take credit for that.

  Thanks for your comments,
Lefty
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Reply #93 - Jun 7th, 2008 at 7:36pm
 
Hi Lefty,
I'll look for your 'uke at the fair.  I didn't finish mine in time. I'll be working in the old fashioned cabinet shop making chairs so be sure I will ogle your beautiful 'uke.
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Reply #94 - Jun 9th, 2008 at 2:32pm
 
Hello Obmissy,
  Are you a student at Palomar?
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Reply #95 - Jun 9th, 2008 at 9:08pm
 
Talk about six degrees of separation, I have a friend that's a teacher at Palomar!  He teaches ESL.
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Reply #96 - Jun 9th, 2008 at 9:20pm
 
Hey, it's a very smal planet.

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Reply #97 - Jun 14th, 2008 at 9:06am
 
Hi guys!  Even though this is my first post, I've been lurking (i.e., a daily visitor!) for a year or more.  

I purchased a tenor uke kit from Hana Lima last year, started it over Thanksgiving weekend, and finished it this week.  Thought I'd post some pics of the final product.  

I want to thank Mike and Asa for a great manual that provided such detailed instructions that I rarely had to look for help elsewhere - but when I did, I either found my answer here on the message board, or they were gracious in quickly answering my emails.  You guys are the greatest!

Here are the pics - now that I've made my first post, I imagine I'll be posting more often:

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Reply #98 - Jun 14th, 2008 at 7:03pm
 
Dochughes,

Wow! You did a fantastic job on your first ukulele. Have you built other instruments before? Well it doesn’t matter because you produced a ukulele that you can be proud of.  Nice design on the headstock and you did a great job on the rosette and inlay.  Yes, I agree that Mike and Asa have produced a wonderful product in their building manual. The manual basically follows their building classes giving everyone a great platform to learn from.  It may just be the photo but it appears the string spacing on the nut may not be even.  If so it’s an easy fix. You really did a nice job. Smiley

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Reply #99 - Jun 14th, 2008 at 8:43pm
 
If this is your first Uke, VERY impressive! Grin
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Reply #100 - Jun 14th, 2008 at 10:17pm
 
Hey Doc,

  What a beauty.  Looks great.  I really like the bound headstock.

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Reply #101 - Jun 15th, 2008 at 10:25am
 
Thanks, guys, for your kind words.  This is my first instrument, and I found the process of making it immensely rewarding.  Truly, it was one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done.  I'm really looking forward to the next ones - I've started two more, but they've been put on the back burner while I make some changes to my garage/shop area to better accommodate uke-building.  

Konacat, I hadn't noticed before, but I checked the strings at the nut and I think you're right - a bit uneven.  I'll have to correct that.  I"m still in the process of finding the strings I want to use on it.  Originally I was going to set this up with low-G tuning, but in the process of making the little scallops on the back edge of the bridge I over-did it, and didn't leave enough room on the compensated bridge to allow for the string holes.  So I switched to uncompensated bridge, and have it set up with re-entrant tuning.  I'd still like to try low-G strings on it, though.  Right now I've got it set up with Hilo high tension strings, and I don't particularly like them.  I'd like to try some Aquila's on it.

Anyway, thanks again for the compliments.  I really appreciate them!
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Reply #102 - Jul 6th, 2008 at 1:02pm
 
dochughes,

I am in awe of you abalone purflings Smiley.  Can you direct me towards any info on the techniques that you used on them?

Thanks,
Mark
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Reply #103 - Jul 7th, 2008 at 3:28am
 
Wood_Butcher wrote on Jul 6th, 2008 at 1:02pm:
dochughes,

I am in awe of you abalone purflings Smiley.  Can you direct me towards any info on the techniques that you used on them?

Thanks,
Mark


Thanks, Mark.  I was a little nervous about the process, but it proved to be very simple.  I got the paua inlay material from Hana Lima.  I know I've seen the instructions elsewhere, but the only place I can find them this AM is on the Stew-Mac website, and it's only a picture.

Shell inlay picture

Here is a brief rundown of the procedure, since it doesn't say much on that web page:  I was using the Hana Lima faux tortoise shell binding (which is actually polyethylene and very easy to work with), so I used Stew-Mac's Weld-On Cement for gluing on the binding.  At the time that I glued on the binding I also glued on the black/white/black accent strips with a strip of the no-stick filler strip in between, just like it shows in the picture.  

That filler strip really works as advertised - after allowing time for the glue to dry, I just popped it right out, which created a perfect channel for the paua strips.  Adding those was really fun - you just slip them in the channel, and as you go around the curves you break off pieces in lengths short enough to make the curve.  most of the time I did that with my fingers, but sometimes I needed a pair of needle nosed pliers for breaking the shorter pieces.  

Anyway, once I had them broken to length and fit in the channel I flowed super glue over it until all the spaces around the shell were filled.  Sanding down that hard shell flush with the soundboard was the toughest part of the whole procedure.  Scraper may work better.
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Reply #104 - Jul 7th, 2008 at 9:22pm
 
Doc,
Thanks for the explination.  I have thought about doing that kind of inlay but put it off for another build.  Now, maybe I am ready.
  You stated that you "Break off pieces in lengths short enough to make the curve."  Do you have to dress the ends of the broken pieces so they butt against each other?  That is the part I am not clear on.

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Lefty
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