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Reply #30 - Jun 29th, 2004 at 8:16pm
 
Just finished my second Tenor uke, using the Hana Lima fan braced plans. Koa back & sides with a spruce top, ebony binding, fretboard & bridge. I'm here in Oregon, but built it for my father inlaw on Kauai so he can either play his Martin Soprano or his own custom hand built Tenor. Many thanks to Asa for the web site and this forum which helped me complete this project. Smiley
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Reply #31 - Jun 30th, 2004 at 6:20am
 
Jesse,
Glad you made it back home safe and sound.  Looks like you got off to a good start on your autographs.
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Reply #32 - Jul 8th, 2004 at 1:27pm
 
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Today I installed the tuners. All Highly polished Gotoh internal geared planetary tuners from Hana Lima 'Ia Store. I finished cleaning up the fretwire yesterday and polishing the edges. The nut still needs a little work and the finish lastly will be completed. All in all- I love it. I also picked up Hilo Baritone Strings.

I picked up a black Ebony Bridge, but can't find it, (Was having too much fun talkin to Asa and Mike and watching Asa try to kill a helicopter)  so unless it turns up here soon, I'm going to mount the mango bridge. Either way it should look very nice.

As you can see on the side view of the fretboard I installed markers (Mother of Pearl) dots (3mm) for 3 5 7  - 10, 12 and 15 are marked on the fretboard with 5 mm MOP to distinguish from the inlay itself. The large pearl dot on the fretboard is on 5 intentionally to center things up a bit for visual reference.

The binding as mentioned is Mango, Koa and Zebrawood. Not a traditional way to do it, but the traditional way is a lot of work (more so than bending small strips like this)

Hana Hou!
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Reply #33 - Jul 8th, 2004 at 6:38pm
 
RC,
I got to hand it to you man.  You have built yourself a unique ukulele in the traditional shape.  If it sounds as good as it looks you are going to be a happy strummer very soon. Grin
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Reply #34 - Jul 9th, 2004 at 2:49pm
 
Thanks Dom, I'm happy with it. And I can't wait to hear it myself. It has a modified Kasha bracing -kinda like Hapa Haoule bracing actually lol small kine eh. The backpiece behind the bridge is where the bracing radiates toward the soundhole in a fan pattern. I'm liking the lattice bracing idea as well so maybe next time. I think I can find some pre-made bracing somewhere Wink  I'm eagerly awaiting the ebony bridge from Asa before I finish it up, but that will give me time to work a little more on the finish.
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Reply #35 - Jul 9th, 2004 at 6:36pm
 
Nice, RC!
We'd love to see an overall pic when you get it strung up.
Jesse Tinsley
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Reply #36 - Jul 9th, 2004 at 7:59pm
 
For sure~ As soon as the Ebony bridge gets to me   ;D Seems I absentmindedly left it at Hana Lima lol. I think the ebony bridge will offset the darker colors on the top end nicely. The Mango Bridge would blend right in, because I got the mahogony matching Mango almost identically lol
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Reply #37 - Jul 12th, 2004 at 3:06pm
 
Since I returned from my trip to Hawaii to study at Hana Lima I've been busy making jigs and fixtures to produce consistant ukes.  I've got four in various stages of completion.

I'm working on an identical version that is as light as I can put it together.  I've also a baritone and another concert in the works.

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Reply #38 - Jul 17th, 2004 at 8:28pm
 
I don't have any new ukes to show, but I wanted to mention a new problem.
The spruce top on my round, dolphin-soundhole uke (picture posted above in this thread) just cracked.  While it was sitting in my locked car on a very hot day recently, a crack developed from the nose (toward the neck) and tail (toward the tail end) of the large dolphin cutout on treble side of the soundboard. It still plays fine.
But it told me that I shouldn't use a cutout that gives an easy starting point for a crack, or alternatively, put a brace behind that area to hold it together.  Perhaps that was the genesis of the original F-hole design, because the opening ends in a circle on both ends, discouraging cracks. I also learned not to leave a uke in a 150 degree car!
Because it's my beach uke that I used for autographs, I won't bother to fix it.
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Reply #39 - Jul 18th, 2004 at 1:22am
 
Darn Jesse, I'm sorry to hear about the crack. That's some heat by any standard! On my Honu soundhole the entire perimeter of the soundhole is braced, but not with heat in mind. Hope it doesn't happen to me -knock on wood Cheesy
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Reply #40 - Jul 31st, 2004 at 5:55pm
 
Hey Folks,
Yes RC, work does seem to get in the way.  I was out of town on business all last week and wasn't home to get anything done on my tenor.  I did manage to get a little done last weekend and a little today.

Got the fretboard radiused, frets installed, neck shaped, sanded and glued up.   Time to start on the bridge, nut and saddle.   Made plenty of mistakes on this one but isn't that what the first (and maybe second and third) on is all about Grin.  I realized that I overbraced it and so I decided to do a bare bones model and not spend the $ for any extras.  I already had the pau rosette installed so I just used pau dots to match.  But that's it.  No binding etc.  Here are a few pics of where she stand now. 
www.rockslide.org/Images/P7310989.jpg
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www.rockslide.org/Images/P7310992.jpg
Hope to get it done in the next month or so.
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Reply #41 - Jul 31st, 2004 at 6:11pm
 
Bravo, Dominator! That'll look stunning when you get it the finish on it.
Jesse Tinsley
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Reply #42 - Jul 31st, 2004 at 6:51pm
 
I couldn't agree more, very nice grain pattern on that body!
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Reply #43 - Aug 2nd, 2004 at 4:40pm
 
The walnut does has some interesting figure to it.  It was actually from my scrap pile.  It had a few knots in it that I had to fill in with epoxy.  You can see one spot looking into the sound hole on the above pic.  The little black spot.  I have never used shellac before but I am thinking of trying the french polish on this one and see what happens.  I have that link to the Milburn site that has some very good info on french polishing.  I think RC also put that same link in a finishing thread recently.  Wish me luck.  Finishing of any kind has always been my achilles heal.
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Reply #44 - Aug 3rd, 2004 at 12:35am
 
Awesome Dom. I bet the finish will be to die for and I don't mean having to do it. Roll Eyes Working with the Tung Oil has been enlightening. The French polishing works with it, albeit a thousand coats have been necessary. Next time, it's definitely shellac for me! Can't wait to see it done!
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