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Reply #75 - Nov 28th, 2006 at 7:49am
 
Awright Dominator, you did have a good Thanksgiving weekend!  These are really sweet my friend.  Super clean with an excellent finish.   The walnut with ebony bridge and fretboard is a very handsome combo.  No wonder your friend was taken!  No worries, the curly Honduran mahogany is getting harder to find, that one might be a keeper. 

Iā€™m glad to hear you are still having fun and pushing the process further.  Keep up the great work! 

-Asa
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Reply #76 - Jan 22nd, 2007 at 7:43pm
 
Just finished my 5th tenor Uke. All Koa including the neck, with ebony fret board, head plate, bridge, nut & saddle. The binding is brazilian rosewood with abalone purfling. The fret board is bound with brazilian rosewood with a geko inlay. Finish is french polish, lots of work but well worth it.
Question for Ukeman...your instruction manual says the string height on the 12 fret is 5/32". It just feels a little to high for me. Is that the standard string height?
Rick

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Reply #77 - Jan 23rd, 2007 at 7:38am
 
Aloha Haole guy:

Your question: 12th fret top of wire to bottom of string : manual quotes 5/32nds...a good starting point only...if your fingerboard and frets are leveled and crowned well and you want lower faster action lower away..final measurements are up to your discretion.

Hint: I lower my action to my own satisfaction and then I made a little stick thicknessed to the distance twixt the top of the fret to the bottom of the string over the 12th fret.  Now I use this stick to standardise my string heights. Your favorite height will no doubt differ up or down....mainthing no buzzes anywhere....laters  ukeman

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Reply #78 - Aug 30th, 2007 at 4:15pm
 
Aloha Everybody

All I can say is Mahalo Nui Loa to everyone who put up pics of there creations.
I am hoping to become a luthier some day, and you guys have inspired me to follow my dream.
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Reply #79 - Jan 20th, 2008 at 7:34am
 
Here is my second Kasha. It's a concert with an oval sound hole and plenty of abalone and mother of pearl inlay.
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Reply #80 - Feb 13th, 2008 at 12:43pm
 
Here's my latest effort:  A koa uke with ebony binding, yellow MOP and abalone inlay, Gotoh open-gear tuners.  Low G Aquila strings.

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Reply #81 - Apr 12th, 2008 at 1:55pm
 
Here's my latest.  It's a Low G Kasha Concert with Brazillian Rosewood back and sides, Engleman Spruce top, Koa Binding and Ivory nut and saddle.  This is the loudest uke I've built.

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Reply #82 - May 31st, 2008 at 9:59am
 
Here are some pictures of my first tenor ukulele

Top:  Engelmann Spruce
Sides/Back Bubinga
Neck: Sepele Mahogany
Fingerboard/Bridge:  Ebony
Finish: Tru-Oil
Strings:  Aquila Low G


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Building the first one was great fun.  A big thanks to Mike and Asa for the manual that made it all possible.

I Have already started on number 2 with a tiger maple body/neck.

Don

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Reply #83 - May 31st, 2008 at 12:20pm
 
Don:
Very nice.
I like the way that you book-matched the headstock veneer. The whole look is simple and classic.

Bob
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Reply #84 - May 31st, 2008 at 12:51pm
 
Don,

It's a real beauty!  Thanks for sharing the process with us .  You've been a real help on my first build as well.  Looking forward to seeing the next one.

Keep on keepin' on,

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Reply #85 - Jun 1st, 2008 at 5:49pm
 
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Note the "Batman" style headstock.
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Reply #86 - Jun 1st, 2008 at 6:19pm
 
My first ukulele

Honduran mahogany, Fir strip, birch bridge,corian saddle
Watco Danish oil 5 coats
Ping tuners
zero fret
strings straight on tuners
sides 0.085"
top&back 0.94"

Ko Olau gold strings sound "plunky".
GHS strings sound "OK".
Aquila low G strings on order.

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Reply #87 - Jun 2nd, 2008 at 8:50pm
 
These are some pictures of the first uke I built, which I finished ages ago, but I have never gotten around to posting pictures. All the materials came from Hana Lima 'Ia and as always were high quality. The uke is:

Soundboard: Engleman Spruce
Back/Sides/Neck: Honduran Mahoganny
Fretboard/Bridge: Ebony
Binding: Purple Heart
Marker Dots: MOP
Tuners: Gotoh Mini

I have tried both Hilo and Aquila high G strings, and the uke sounds good with both of them. I have lowered the action since initial construction, which has improved playability.

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My 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th ukes are currently about halfway through being built as a batch. Once they are boxed up I will post some progress pictures of these too.

Its good to see evryone else's creations for inspiration and ideas, so if you've made a uke and there aren't pictures posted, lets see them!
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Reply #88 - Jun 2nd, 2008 at 9:12pm
 
These are really looking great!  I love it  Grin
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Reply #89 - Jun 3rd, 2008 at 8:48pm
 
Thanks to the help of some great members I figured out how to post photos.
 This in my second uke.  The first was a Stew/Mac kit.

It is all "Urban" wood.

Redwood soundboard
Black Acacia back, sides, neck and bridge
Eucalyptus fretboard, end graft  and headstock veneer.
Hana Lima Bridge & nut
Abalone inlay is from an old bracelet

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