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by Chris Reed
Sat May 19, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele (Completed 5/18/12)
Replies: 12
Views: 21972

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele

Thank you all. Tristan. I've been watching your build, and you can't spare the time to look at my uke! But yes, they're good fun (not like a guitar to build, much lighter overall). 1.8mm is just about light enough (unless you have a cedar or spruce top in which case maybe 2mm), blocks and linings as...
by Chris Reed
Fri May 18, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele (Completed 5/18/12)
Replies: 12
Views: 21972

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele

And I'm done! With time to spare, which I didn't expect. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5456/7222759014_4030b4af9d.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7088/7222760716_3edbca3667.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7211/7222762244_1ffdb102d9.jpg We have finish (to my usual slapdash standards), strings, an...
by Chris Reed
Wed May 16, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele (Completed 5/18/12)
Replies: 12
Views: 21972

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele

There's a real risk I might make it by the deadline. After scraping and sanding I've been able to get a few coats of pre-made clear French polish on, so it's starting to look like an instrument at last. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7084/7210497370_c95f4e5fb1.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7230/7...
by Chris Reed
Sun May 13, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele (Completed 5/18/12)
Replies: 12
Views: 21972

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele

Hit the low humidity window and got the box closed up. I've rough-trimmed the top and back so you can get some idea of the overall design: http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5311/7190198904_b16c77c217.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/7190200566_398cc02641.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7082/7190...
by Chris Reed
Sat May 12, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Finishing with a scraper as opposed to sandpaper...
Replies: 56
Views: 28161

Re: Finishing with a scraper as opposed to sandpaper...

I checked a bit into the history of sandpaper. Seems mass production of sandpaper was developed in the early 19th century. I'd guess that prior to that it would have been a much different discussion, scraper vs. sandpaper (or glass paper as it was). Can you imagine making your own sandpaper? Or may...
by Chris Reed
Fri May 11, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele (Completed 5/18/12)
Replies: 12
Views: 21972

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele

The weather forecast is for the humidity to drop from the 80/90% it's been for the past week to 50% tomorrow and maybe 47% on Sunday afternoon. So, that's when the back will go on. I've now got it ready to that stage. Linings from the offcuts of the sides are glued on and planed/sanded back: http://...
by Chris Reed
Thu May 10, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele (Completed 5/18/12)
Replies: 12
Views: 21972

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele

Made some progress over the last few days. First I attached the sides and then glued in the kerfed lining which holds the top to the sides: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7091/7171617904_511aa2c290.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7224/7171616542_31c70c1e24.jpg Once the glue was dry, I had the job o...
by Chris Reed
Wed May 09, 2012 6:17 am
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes
Replies: 24
Views: 15196

Re: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes

2. Uke type, where the bridge/saddle combo act as a level at the end of the string, largely vibrating back and forth rather than up and down. Everything I've read or heard from reliable sources contradicts your assertion of how the bridge vibrates. Although there is a larger component of back and f...
by Chris Reed
Tue May 08, 2012 5:27 pm
Forum: Other Stringed Instruments
Topic: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes
Replies: 24
Views: 15196

Re: Physics of bridges, tops and soundholes

I think there are between 2 and 4 types of bridge. 1. Mandolin type, where the string is fixed at the tail and pumps the bridge up and down. 2. Uke type, where the bridge/saddle combo act as a level at the end of the string, largely vibrating back and forth rather than up and down. 3. (possibly) a c...
by Chris Reed
Mon May 07, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele (Completed 5/18/12)
Replies: 12
Views: 21972

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele

And another break to recover from the allergic reaction to thicknessing, but over the last couple of days I'vemade some progress. Sides have been bent on my baby light bulb bender: http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5447/7153251877_573689b89f.jpg http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5336/7007163116_c915d0563d.j...
by Chris Reed
Fri May 04, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: All spruce guitars?
Replies: 6
Views: 3911

Re: All spruce guitars?

Finished an all-cedar (except for the walnut neck stripe, fingerboard and bridge) soprano uke a couple of weeks ago. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8006/6960491272_713ec650de.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8160/6960500156_60c7848b8b.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8018/6960487146_9f45d42d0c.jpg ...
by Chris Reed
Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: String Instrument Repair: Practical and Political Issues
Topic: Bar frets
Replies: 10
Views: 6915

Re: Bar frets

I believe modelmaking shops sell brass bar in a range of thicknesses - used for model railways, etc.
by Chris Reed
Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: is tradtion holding us back wood wise?
Replies: 62
Views: 29832

Re: is tradtion holding us back wood wise?

Look at ukulele making. A partial list of ukes I know of (all topwoods) includes: Koa Mahogany and all its relations, including sapele, iroko etc Meranti Spruce Cedar Pine Oak Cherry Walnut Alder Yew Lacewood Acacia (eg Tasmanian Blackwood) A whole bunch of woods unique to Australia like Silky Oak S...
by Chris Reed
Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Some ukelele questions
Replies: 10
Views: 7888

Re: Some ukelele questions

Chris, when you say 2.5 to 3 mm compensation for a soprano is that for every string equally? Yes, but that doesn't give perfect intonation. It's a kind of compromise. You could compensate the C string a bit more, but hardly anyone bothers to. The short scale (13 to 13.5 ins) and low string tension ...
by Chris Reed
Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:17 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele (Completed 5/18/12)
Replies: 12
Views: 21972

Re: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele

A bit of a hiatus because I'd forgotten how toxic yew sawdust is. Cutting out the neck, and stroking my chin in thought, resulted in a certain amount of swelling and a fair bit of itching. No pictures, though, to spare the sensitive from pain. Where I am now is that I have the top and back worked do...
by Chris Reed
Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Ukuleles
Topic: Some ukelele questions
Replies: 10
Views: 7888

Re: Some ukelele questions

I'd put no relief at all into the board - this is standard for ukes. If this uke has bar frets then it's almost certainly quite old, not a modern mass-produced uke. If so, it's also likely to be a soprano rather than a tenor. Mandolin fret wire is the best in either case - guitar wire will be imposs...
by Chris Reed
Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:32 pm
Forum: The Local Materials Challenge (Closed)
Topic: $100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele (Completed 5/18/12)
Replies: 12
Views: 21972

$100 Local Materials Challenge, Chris Reed, Yew Soprano Ukulele (Completed 5/18/12)

This isn't a challenge on the money front, as I should come in well under $50, but the challenge will be completing on time. As a very amateur builder I spend a lot of time looking and thinking. And time fixing my mistakes. The plan is to produce an English uke as it might have been done around 1920...
by Chris Reed
Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:18 pm
Forum: Challenges
Topic: The "Local Materials" Challenge
Replies: 36
Views: 49904

Re: The "Local Materials" Challenge

Are tuners, fretwire, strings and finish allowed to be imported. Pretty sure I can't find locally made for these.
by Chris Reed
Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: 1900 Hamlin Mason sound board
Replies: 5
Views: 5778

Re: 1900 Hamlin Mason sound board

This uke's top came from a grand piano soundboard (I think a 1920s Grenson). Sounds pretty good, but there are barely visible join lines as the soundboard strips are about 2.5 inches wide. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7062/6918367675_0318448f79.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7037/6918367219_36bc...
by Chris Reed
Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:32 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Salt in hide glue?
Replies: 3
Views: 3212

Re: Salt in hide glue?

I've also read this. I believe the trade off is working time for joint strength.