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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:23 am 
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. . .and another side affect of our rare genetic condition, is that our heads can be removed for a few minutes at a time with no ill effects. Mostly.


This must be a real boon when it comes time to remove it from your Nether regions.



Or for inserting it. But that could be considered an "ill effect".

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:07 pm 
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That's it? beehive :o beehive

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:58 pm 
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Nothing for a few days. I need to learn to play something on the ukulele so I can make a recording. I have taken decent pics, but I am waiting until I can post a recording to post those. But as a teaser, here is one:
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Not too shabby. But there is a flaw. Not in this pic so much, but in the ones I have yet to post.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:36 pm 
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Tony, you tease! Nice shine you've got on, there. Looks great (you'd never know it has been punched in the face)!!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:42 pm 
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Like a good boxer, it recovered from the punch to be better than ever!


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:00 pm 
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He's definitely a contenda Eat Drink


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:08 pm 
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He's definitely a contenda Eat Drink


If there were a prize for "Best Retopped Ukulele" I'd win it for sure!
Thanks!


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:56 pm 
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20 Pages!
Does Beth win a prize for putting you over the top?


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20 Pages!
Does Beth win a prize for putting you over the top?

Yes, she gets to punch Tony or his uke in the face. Her choice.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:49 pm 
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Choose wisely. My face is hard.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:21 pm 
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What, and have all those pumpkin seeds fall out???? Nah. If you lived closer, I'd make you share the Damascus steel chisel, should you win it :)


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Choose wisely. My face is hardto look at.


I'm not sure why the forum software keeps truncating your posts. Don't worry, I got your back buddy.

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Choose wisely. My face is hardto look at.


I'm not sure why the forum software keeps truncating your posts. Don't worry, I got your back buddy.


Yeah, wow. That's really weird. I had not noticed that before.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:02 pm 
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I better post pics before I forget. Here you go:
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So there you have it. The heel is a little chunky, but I drilled my bolt hole too deep, so I had to leave it a little thick so I didn't sand through. The finish could be better, but I am not horrified by it. Had I known we were going to have more time, I would not have rushed the finish, but that's ok. It is for a relative, I made it with scrap, and it still looks OK.

I have to go back and find the last total I did so I can add the tuners. I had free ones that showed up in the mail, but I foolishly made the head stock without measuring the tuners posts. Turns out, they needed a much thinner head stock. So I used tuners I had laying around that came with my first kit but that I never used. They are the "budget" tuners from Stew Mac so I need to add that into the price.
Thanks for looking!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:18 pm 
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Edited to add to my total:
I was at $54.54, add on the $1.25 for my not-quite-free-burl and I am now at: $55.79. I am probably going to buy a rattle can of nitro or two to finish the box. Faster than brushing because it will dry quicker. I hope.


Found this several pages back. I did not find a post I thought I made adding in the lacquer, so here are the final numbers:

$55.79 (previous total)
$7.00 Can of Deft lacquer from Lowes
Call is $5.00 worth of lacquer for the neck from a gallon of Deft. Only took a few ounces to finish it, if that.
$4.00 worth of Z-Poxy to pore fill
$13.89 for tuners ($20.89 for a set of budget tuners from Stew Mac, I used 66.67% of the tuners)

Grand total: $85.68.

I did not take into account the cost of the replacement top, but if memory serves, I was told not to. However, the wood was cheap, so I would still be under budget if I had to account for it.
I suppose there is nothing left but the voting for this little guy. And if I can, I will make a video. Still have not had time to play it enough to actually make a song sound like a song though. Between the hurricane and putting my cat to sleep last wee, I just did not make the time. I don't expect to win the chisel. I entered this build off because my cousin had been bugging me to build her an ukulele for two years and I never made the time to do it. This competition gave me the push to do so, and for that, I am thankful. Plus, it was nice to interact with some forum members with whom I don't often interact with. So it's a win/win/win in my book. Even if I don't get to make a video.
That's all for now.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:19 pm 
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Duplicate post.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:57 pm 
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verhoevenc wrote:
I'm super stoked to follow this build!
Chris



I am getting the feeling that this post was a big, fat lie.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:04 am 
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My ribbing will still be crappy when he gets back.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:38 pm 
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Well, Tony, that's still the biggest, most gargantuan sound hole I've ever seen on a tiny uke, and I keep coming back and looking at it and it doesn't seem to get any smaller. But, you know what? I LIKE it! Actually, I think it's a pretty cool little instrument.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:45 pm 
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Thanks Patrick! Is the hole big? I didn't have plans to go from so I had to wing it. How big should the hole be on a concert uke?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:20 am 
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I will be weeping gently if I do that. It's cold out there!


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Filippo Morelli wrote:
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Well, Tony, that's still the biggest, most gargantuan sound hole I've ever seen on a tiny uke, ...

What you are looking at is another Costa trademark - you've heard of Helmholtz Resonance? Well this is Heelhole Resonance^TM. You see, Costa has a special formula which determines the mass and resonant frequency of the heel and produces the optimal soundhole size to maximize projection.

Filippo



Besides , If it doesnt work . You can always pour some Costa Kerfing in it to help reduce the sound hole ! laughing6-hehe

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Well I'll be the one to say it. The soundhole size is an added safety measure; it is just lightly larger than Tony's (tiny if you know what I mean) fist. The next time he and his Uke get I to a drunken shouting match he can let her have it without having to re-top her.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:54 pm 
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I am now certain that all of you are as nuts as I am.

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Looking good buddy! I just finish and all koa tenor. but I'm going to pull the top off too but that bc I over build it and I can talk louder then that thing can play.


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