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Mango Tenor Finished
Apr 9th, 2009 at 10:40am
 
Hi Folks

Here's my completed Uke based on the Hanalima Tenor Plans.  I followed the plans pretty closely but changed the neck to bolt on

Mango Body
Mahogany Neck
Maple/Rosewood rope binding

Nice sounding ukulele....
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Re: Mango Tenor Finished
Reply #1 - Apr 9th, 2009 at 11:18am
 
Very pretty.  Any way to make the photo larger?  My eyes are not as good as they once were.   Shocked
  How was the mango to work with?

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Reply #2 - Apr 10th, 2009 at 6:45am
 
Looks good from what I can see.  Yes a different photo(s) would be helpful as it would be nice to see some of the details.

I have a real nice set of curly mango waiting for a build later this year. This set has a real nice tap tone so I can't wait. Smiley

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Reply #3 - May 12th, 2009 at 8:48am
 
I have made 3 mango topped ukes, but the last board I got was spalted and super curley but it was soft and broke easily. I had to throw it all away. Have you experianced bad wood before?
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Reply #4 - May 13th, 2009 at 3:56am
 
I got pretty good wood I guess.  It only had two small bug holes in one side.  Otherwise it was pretty good to work with
Finishing is another story with those HUGE pores in mango.  I didn't fill the grain and just french polished until I was happy with it.....sort of a semi smooth finish
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Reply #5 - May 13th, 2009 at 3:57am
 
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Reply #6 - May 13th, 2009 at 3:58am
 
home made rope binding....
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Reply #7 - May 13th, 2009 at 5:40am
 
How did you make the rope binding?

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Reply #8 - May 13th, 2009 at 8:02am
 
Making the rope was.....interesting.  Angry
1.  I started with 1/8" thick boards of maple and rosewood from the hobby store.  They were 3" X 24" to start with.  One board of each was enough to do the body and fret board. 
2.  I tilted the table saw blade to 45deg and ripped lenthwise about 3/8th wide stips
3.  Then glue the strips up m/r/m/r and plane the new board smooth.  Make sure you don't have the same color strip on both sides or the pieces won't match (start on maple, end on rosewood)
4.  Then cut that board at 45deg cross-wise about 1/4" wide. 
Now you have strips of binding 1/8th thick by 1/4" tall with 3/8" sections.  My strips were ~4" long but it depends how wide your glued up board is.  You can glue them end to end to make a long strip or use them separately. (I broke a lot of strips in the table saw)

I installed each 4" strip separately.  I used a clothes iron to heat up each strip and bent it right on the uke body, then glued and taped.  I think its easier to work with short strips.  Just lay a strip on the workbench and drop the hot iron on top of it and wait 20sec or so.  Then butt it up to the previous strip and bend around the body.
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Reply #9 - May 13th, 2009 at 11:38am
 
Quine:
Could you bend the strips using your side bender? You have the heat to bend and then you let it cool over-night.

Just a thought.

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Reply #10 - May 14th, 2009 at 3:41am
 
Sure...I think people bend it like regular wood binding
I wasn't sure I could glue up long strips and keep it straight.  Undecided
I knew the iron method from using herringbone purfling.  Applying it hot makes a nice tight fit.  Usually my bending forms aren't quite perfect enough to get really tight binding
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Reply #11 - Jun 17th, 2009 at 7:20pm
 
very nice instrument!!!
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