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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Folderol » Thu May 02, 2013 9:25 pm

Ahhhhhhhhh!

That's all :D
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Fri May 03, 2013 12:38 am

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Yes!! Front and sides finished too.

All flatty smoothy and Mmmmmm...

In an ideal world I would be making a Rottenstone concoction tomorrow. But it's the village carnival this weekend and I have belatedly discovered that I need to provide a costume. So tomorrow I will be... panicking.

But, hey!. you got a picture to look at. What more do you want?

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Frisonic » Fri May 03, 2013 11:38 am

The sun is shining again!
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby yelemusic » Sat May 04, 2013 3:18 pm

It doesn't take much to make people happy :)
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Madman_Greg » Sat May 04, 2013 9:53 pm

Sod the Uke, we need costume pics with you wearing it.
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Sun May 05, 2013 1:14 am

Waiting for the costume pics to be uploaded. Once they are, I'll post some here for a laugh.

My brother was dressed as a Jester and decided to recover my old 12-string mandolin from his garage, the first time it has been out of its bag for 20 years!!! The neck needs resetting (but it always did), it needs a refret, the tailpiece had almost pulled off, and there are some joints opening that need closing again. But it's not in that bad a shape.

So, it's already on the bench and stripped down ready for rebuilding :)

But ukulele polishing, and saddle fitting, comes first.

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Tue May 07, 2013 12:44 am

Mixed up a potion today. Some rottenstone, a drop of soap, and some White Spirit.

Add a piece of felt.

And then apply potion to felt and start polishing ukulele.

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Back and sides completed now. Neck mostly finished. So just neck to finish tomorrow and then the front and headstock face. And looking OK so far :)

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Wed May 08, 2013 12:23 am

Have you seen the price of Elbow grease!!!!!

More Polishy Walishy stuff today. Going over the front and headstock with the rottenstone mix. Cleaning up. Then grabbing the Brasso and going over everything again.

It's close, very close now. But do I go back to the 2000 grit wet & dry and do some 'spot fixing' from 1st principles? Or do I roll up the sleeves and Brasso it into submission? Decisions decisions...

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Oh... just remembered. I need to make a truss rod cover of some sort. I've got some thick Ebony veneer lying around if there's nothing else suitable.

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Frisonic » Wed May 08, 2013 3:26 am

Looking great and on a roll 8-)
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Folderol » Wed May 08, 2013 1:41 pm

Lovely shine on that.
Probably the same for Andy :D
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Thu May 09, 2013 12:47 am

Another polishing day today. Did some more spotting with the 2000 grit wet & dry and Olive oil lubricant. Then cleaned up before going over the entire instrument with the rottenstone again.

And then I got out the cotton pads and Brasso and went over everything twice.

Result? Well, there are a few small spots where it could be better. But that would mean ladling on a load more shellac and then working through the grades of wet & dry to achieve perfection before polishing with more rottenstone and Brasso. But we aren't looking at anything major here, and besides, Sod's Law tells us that within a month of finishing general wear and tear would generate enough dinks and marks to catch the eye at least as much.

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And now all that remains is to fit the machine heads, the nut, and the strings. Then mark the correct intonation ready to cut and fit the saddle. So here are most of the bits that are needed.

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The nut is already rough cut and ready to fit. I'll pull out the fret press to press in the tuner bushings. And then I can drop in the tuners and adjust the post heights. Then I can mark out the nut slots and test fit the strings. With the strings fitted I'll use some temp saddles to mark the correct intonation for each string at the bridge and use the Dremel and saddle jig to cut a saddle slot. Then it's just a matter of fitting the saddle to the slot and profiling it with the correct intonation.

And then this uke is finished. And I promise to grab a decent recording for you all to hear. Then it's time to source the parts for the new back for the second uke and get that finally finished too.

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Fri May 10, 2013 1:22 am

First job of the day, fit the tuner bushings. So step one was to grab my Fret Press and then to look at how to make best use of it. A little experimenting found that I had a Star drive Hex bit where the Star drive was just smaller than the standard 6mm Hex. The Star drive tip passed through the bushings, but then opened up wide enough for the shoulder to press through. Everything was in place, and once held in the press it all looked good.

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Once it went in neatly it was just a matter of doing the other 3.

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The Gotoh tuners have Height Adjustable Posts. So I took a few minutes to get the post heights correct. A few more minutes with a drill for some pilot holes. And all 4 tuners were neatly fixed in place.

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All looking good. And tomorrow I just need to make sure the nut is neatly seated, cut the slots, trim it to final size, and cut the slits to depth. Then I fit the strings, mark out the intonation points for each, and fit the saddle.

Finish the nut and saddle, and the uke is finally finished.

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Folderol » Fri May 10, 2013 9:12 pm

:D that's all.
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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby zenguitar » Sat May 11, 2013 1:10 am

Easy start. Fit nut and mark the string locations. Cut start slots with saw, then take them deeper with the nut slotting files. Fit strings.

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If you look carefully you can see the Allen key used as a temporary saddle :)

Then it gets frustrating GGGRRRRRRRR!!!!!

The StewMac saddle slotting jig for the Dremel and router base is brilliant. Let's you line up the saddle slot VERY accurately and lets you cut a very neat slot with a perfectly flat bottom. Ideal. However, it's designed to sit on a guitar, not a cute little ukulele so is just too big to use as designed. OK, flip it around 180 degrees and it will work.

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Now I just need to work out how to assemble everything neatly and securely. If I had a proper workbench it would be easy. Screw down some padded supports for the uke body, screw down a couple of rails for the jig to sit on. Job done. Ten minutes work with a bandsaw and some scrap wood, easy.

OK, a petty problem, I know. And I'll come up with a solution in the next day or two. But still another small frustration and delay :frown:

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Re: Project Ukulele

Postby Folderol » Sun May 12, 2013 8:53 pm

I notice a considerable use of soft cloths lately :)
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