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Project by GaryCN posted 01-09-2021 09:41 PM 665 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Even with this being a kit, not an easy project. I started it a few days after Christmas and just finished it.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati





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sras

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#1 posted 01-09-2021 10:28 PM

Looks like a fun project – and at the end ot you get an ukulele!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 01-09-2021 10:42 PM

Actually sounds good, I have zero musical talent and don’t really know how to play any instrument, but it is in my home when friends stop by that do. This kit is usually on sale for under $100 and does save you from having to bend the sides. I first built the Tenor, mid-size this one is the Concert Cutaway. An inspirational video of young girls building one.
https://youtu.be/q_yaSjYZqH8

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#3 posted 01-09-2021 10:47 PM

Well done,
Seems like a good little kit
Regards
Anthm

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#4 posted 01-09-2021 11:06 PM

Nicely done Gary and good looking uke. Don’t shy away from bending sides. It’s way easier than it would seem with most woods. Your kit looks like Honduran mahogany. It’s almost as easy to bend as Indian rosewood. Easy to build any number/kinds of bending pipes, molds, etc. That’s assuming you’re catching the bug!

-- Darrel

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#5 posted 01-09-2021 11:12 PM

I may have to try that I have looked at a few videos of the process, One with a propane torch inside a pipe, Id have to do that outside I think.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#6 posted 01-09-2021 11:49 PM



I may have to try that I have looked at a few videos of the process, One with a propane torch inside a pipe, Id have to do that outside I think.

- GaryCN


I use a 300 watt lightbulb in one of mine and a 500 watt halogen in another with dimmer controls for the heat. Many others use a barbeque lighter and just compress the coil to fit in a pipe and then use a dimmer control or router speed control to adjust heat. I also have a magnetic wood stove thermometer to tell me when I’m around 400F or so. Torch types work but are much more finicky in my experience.

-- Darrel

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#7 posted 01-09-2021 11:57 PM

I would think a good heat gun is a possibility

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#8 posted 01-10-2021 12:11 AM


I would think a good heat gun is a possibility

- GaryCN


Yeah, haven’t done it for sides, but using the lower setting, I bend purflings and bindings around the metal end with the heat gun in a vise at times. Similar experience to torches as far as controlling temperature and scorching if used in a pipe.

-- Darrel

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#9 posted 01-10-2021 05:41 PM

Fun! Inspiring! Nice results!

-- Pax - Maryland

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#10 posted 01-12-2021 12:00 AM

Nice job, and I love the Craftsman dead-weight having done that myself. After a few instruments I finally built a “Go-Bar Deck” for clamping braces, tops and bottoms. There are lots of plans on-line for this time-saver. Here is a link to my go-bar deck completed last October. https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/411906.

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#11 posted 01-12-2021 12:39 PM



Nice job, and I love the Craftsman dead-weight having done that myself. After a few instruments I finally built a “Go-Bar Deck” for clamping braces, tops and bottoms. There are lots of plans on-line for this time-saver. Here is a link to my go-bar deck completed last October. https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/411906.

- HankLP


That is a great idea, do you add the compression bars after you have adjusted the height of the top. Looks similar to a manual veneer press.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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GaryCN

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#12 posted 02-24-2021 08:32 PM

Reused the plan to build a birdhouse for my guitarist friend.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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