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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Folderol » Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:01 pm

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Frisonic wrote:There have been quite enough climatic calamities already! Plus it will be warmer and therefore, in the spirit of Project Ukulele, more fun.

The methylated spirit of Project Ukelele?

Sounds like a sensible idea to me. At least you'll have a stable working temperature & humidity.
Stable working conditions would be my number 1 box tick.

Hmm, hope that doesn't mean evicting the horse :bouncy:
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:44 am

No room for a horse with an Ass like me around :)

It was much wetter today, and a little colder, but I learnt from experience and gave both ukes a thorough wipe down to remove the olive oil. And that was a good idea because when I got ready to apply more shellac I discovered that the oil in the jar had gone waxy again overnight.

But once I'd warmed it up again I got 2 more coats on each uke. But I think I really do have to clear some space and move operations home.

On a more interesting note, I had a chat with a guy in the village pub tonight. I'd heard on the grapevine that he was a time served Master French Polisher and highly recommended. And he's more than happy to give me some instruction and help in the future. I'm going to carry on with the method I've already started (no point in swapping horses mid race, that causes more problems than it solves) but he did appreciate the fact that I would rather look slightly foolish in the short term if that meant I would learn more in the long term. Lets just say that he is very damning of some of the methods being passed down by luthiers, and is more than happy to teach me properly when I have a future project. :)

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:25 am

This afternoon I decided to play things by ear. Gave both ukes a thorough spiriting off with meths. Then gave them both another thorough spiriting off. And then decided it was far too cold and damp to try another body coat.

Tomorrow I'll be bringing everything back home and then I'll give the ukes a couple of days to settle in and let the shellac harden fully. At that point I'll examine them both and decide whether more shellac is needed or whether the finish is sufficient for me to flatten with 200 grit wet & dry and then go on to the 1lb mix for the final surface.

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Folderol » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:48 pm

So presumably SWMBO is getting a surprise bunch of flowers and box of chocolates :D
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:01 am

no significant other to bribe... but I did get a pleasant surprise earlier in the pub when I bought myself a pint of cider ;)

Meanwhile, this afternoon I rehoused the ukes and french polishing materials. Taking advantage of a few dry minutes between showers. They are both settled side by side and getting used to the comfortable temp and humidity. And I'll examine them closely on Monday and decide whether more coats are required or whether I should start flattening the shellac with some fine wet&dry.

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Frisonic » Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:46 pm

Just ahead of the weather there weren't you Andy! With the planning and preps at least. The old sixth sense must have kicked in...

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:17 am

Just a quick message to say 'Don't worry, I haven't forgotten you all.'

Giving the ukes a few days to acclimatise and let them spirit off nicely. I've decided to flatten the finish next and see where I go from there.

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby artzmusic » Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:30 pm

Did I just read that the ukes were waiting for Zen to ...

zenguitar wrote: spirit off nicely
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:57 pm

artzmusic wrote:Did I just read that the ukes were waiting for Zen to ...

zenguitar wrote: spirit off nicely
?? :D

Yep, you did.:)

It takes a week or two for the alcohol to fully evaporate and leave only the shellac remaining. That leaves a nice hard finish ready for flatting.

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Folderol » Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:54 pm

Hmmm. Spiriting off... Couple of weeks... I'll have to remember that - it might come in useful :lol:
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Frisonic » Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:42 pm

If I didn't know Andy was being serious I'd be thinking calvados

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:27 am

Frisonic wrote:If I didn't know Andy was being serious I'd be thinking calvados

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Although you have stumbled across a hard truth... If I won enough on the lottery, or found a suitable income from other means, I would have my own cider orchard. And the calculations would be worked through very carefully, in order to guarantee sufficient surplus of cider to justify a still ;)

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Frisonic » Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:09 am

zenguitar wrote:
Frisonic wrote:If I didn't know Andy was being serious I'd be thinking calvados

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Although you have stumbled across a hard truth... If I won enough on the lottery, or found a suitable income from other means, I would have my own cider orchard. And the calculations would be worked through very carefully, in order to guarantee sufficient surplus of cider to justify a still ;)

Andy :beamup:

The demise of south west England's cider orchards is a serious matter but I guess one for the lounge! (Although I would be making a regular order for the scrumpy if your numbers come good - I love the stuff) :roll:
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Folderol » Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:18 pm

Hmmm. Two weeks. Must be just about ready now :)
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby yelemusic » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:30 am

Hi there. I keep checking back to this thread, but it seems nothing is happening here anymore. Is it weather related? To cold to do anything? For all I know I'm waiting for spring to arrive, so I can slap some lacquer on a guitar I'm working on.
I hope zenguitar is well! Zenguitar! You there?
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