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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Moroccomoose » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:57 am

Project Uke back in the 'latest posts' Yay!!!...... Oh, Its just a bump! booo!

Here is another bump :lol:

Zen? any news. Hoping it is just a weather thing! We're all on tender hooks, waiting for the next instalment!!
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby lukeandrewhill » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:13 pm

Tenterhooks...
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Frisonic » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:28 pm

Last I heard (in another thread) Zen was still trying to be zen like in his emotional response to a second piece of pheasant wood not behaving itself. And it's still too cold for the workshop. Soon guys, soon....
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:22 pm

Yep... I've been sulking :)

The uke that suffered from a split back twice before has, you've guessed it, split again!!! So after all that work trying to save a beautiful piece of wood, the underlying problem is that the it was too beautiful for it's own good.

I was in the room with it a couple of times when it split. Quite scary how loud the crack was!! So, the decision has been made to get a replacement back. It has to be pheasant wood to match the sides, and I have to get a full set of bindings and purfling strips for the back stripe, braces, back re-inforcement strip.

So, a big job ahead. And as I have to get materials from a couple of suppliers in the USA, I'm looking at getting a full set of woods for a Baritone Uke at the same time. Yep, glutton for punishment :)

That still leaves the well behaved uke to finish. So in the next week or so I'll make a start on final polishing, then fit the tuners, mark out the saddle slot, rout it, and fit the saddle. And then that one will be finished at long last.

And thanks everyone. I really haven't minded the problems, if anything they make the project more interesting and you always learn more from solving them than when things go smoothly. But things would have gone a lot smoother and quicker had I had a proper workshop and that has been a frustration and, frankly, a little depressing too.

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby yelemusic » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:20 pm

Hi Zen, you there? Everything alright? Another two months have passed, and no Uke-news. I'm starting to think you might have lost interest in finishing those two gorgeous Ukes! Please don't give up! You're doing a wonderful work!
And I love following this thread! :lol:
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:26 pm

Thanks yelemusic.

I got caught up finishing some other projects to clear the bench. But that's almost finished now. Just got to finish servicing a mixer for my brother. But I did receive the Uke strings last week so I should be making a start next week.

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Folderol » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:18 pm

:)
I guess Spring finally deciding to turn up helps as well!
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Goddard » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:34 pm

Good to hear that! Watched a great uke docu (Canadian film) recently and had got to wondering what was happening with your project.
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Frisonic » Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:50 pm

I saw that too. Very inspiring (and it made me too think of Andy's fledgling ukes there in Devon, just waiting to get out there and be heard)!
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby yelemusic » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:46 am

zenguitar wrote: Just got to finish servicing a mixer for my brother.

You're a man with many talents!

Good to hear everything's good, and the Ukes are on the way again :)
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Folderol » Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:15 pm

He's a man of many parts... most of them still moving :D
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:17 pm

And, at last, finally got started today.

Nothing of any photographic interest. But with the bench cleared I could start on some general tidying up in readiness for flat sanding.

The fret ends were a little rough to the touch, possibly due to some very slight shrinkage of the fretboard. So I carefully stoned them flush and reshaped the fret ends with a triangular file.

Next job was to make a start cleaning up the bridge. In wiping on the shellac with a pad there is a build up of shellac on the sides and edges of the bridge. So rather than risk marking the polished front it was better to carefully clean things up first.

It's mostly done now. But I'll go over it again with finer grades tomorrow to be sure.

Then it's out with the 2000 grit wet & dry and olive oil.

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Wed May 01, 2013 12:15 am

Oh, just for the record, I've hidden Ruth's Uke in my hardcase. Out of sight, out of mind. But I am already working on the long term solution.

A new back will be ordered, together with the purflings for the back stripe, braces, back strip, bindings and purflings, and the new back will be jointed, thicknessed, braced, and fitted.

But the old back will be framed, complete with back-lit LED lighting to highlight the cracks, and labelled as the Pheasant Wood Ukulele Back of Doom.

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Frisonic » Wed May 01, 2013 3:24 am

zenguitar wrote: the old back will be framed, complete with back-lit LED lighting to highlight the cracks, and labelled as the Pheasant Wood Ukulele Back of Doom.

Andy :beamup:

Have the Arts Lottery Fund been informed yet? Sounds like one for the Tate... Perfect for the one in St Ives, don't you think?
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Wed May 01, 2013 9:21 pm

Image

Flatted the finish on the back and neck this afternoon. Went very smoothly too. Used 2000 grit wet & dry lubricated with olive oil. You can see the saucer of olive oil in the background. Then cleaned up with white spirit and paper towels.

Now I know what to expect the sides and front shouldn't take too long either. Then I'll make a start on polishing with the rottenstone.

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