The Ukulele Shed

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Blog entry by Texcaster posted 11-04-2016 05:30 AM 1271 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I mentioned on the other blog the old dog is back in harness. After four years of retirement, three days a week is perfect and I’m mixing with people I wouldn’t meet otherwise. I’m three months into a six month job with the option of another six months. Most of the participants have no timber background. We do most everything Neanderthal. I supply timber for bodies at 2.4 mm. thick. All cutting, joining and thicknessing to 2 mm after joining and before side bending is done with cutting tools. They love it! I bring in the necks bandsawn and dovetailed. The shoulders of the dovetail have to still be scribed to the curve of the body and some fitting of the dovetail is needed.

We have a grinder and they learn to grind and hone cutting edges. I rout the ledges for purfling and binding. This is for insurance reasons. They learn what a router is for. The tops and backs are braced in radius dishes. They leave with a good understanding of how to build at home with a minimum setup.

If anyone in the Brisbane area would like to visit, send me a pm.

First we need barbering. Barb is a hairdresser and a few stepped up.

Then we get the bike in order

The Salvo’s Christmas kit ukes

The soprano uke is a perfect medium to try different things. The investment of time and materials is minimal.
We added 20 mm to the body length to get the bridge higher up in the lower bout, still with a 12th fret body join.

solid linings

guitar radius dish, overkill

purfling and binding fit, ready for clean up

under saddle pickups adapted for cigar box guitars

a bit of music now and then doesn’t hurt.

The old dog and Melissa who is becoming a dab hand at this stuff.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#1 posted 11-04-2016 01:30 PM

Wonderful that you are passing on your knowledge! Good on you Bill!

The cigar box guitars are especially cool.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 11-05-2016 11:52 PM

Cheers once again Tony.

I don’t know what it is about cigar box guitars but they do capture people’s imaginations.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#3 posted 11-06-2016 06:27 AM

Looks like a lotta fun Earl

I may be able to interest you in some of my plywwod

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 11-06-2016 07:29 PM

Thanks Robert, we can put the ply to use.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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