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tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
Good place to stop for the weekend. Dry fitting the bits on the baritone ukulele. Still have a fair bit of work this week before I commit to glue, but I’m liking the fit. Bindings will be a real challenge. Unlike the tenor, the baritone will have bindings top and bottom.

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tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
I have finally gotten around to cutting the binding channels on the larger baritone. Cutting binding channels on a musical instrument can be dicey, no matter how careful one is. I’ve known of people who made a complete mess of their work while cutting the binding channels. Even simple bindings require great care. I’ve actually been putting this operation off for several weeks; this is the first instrument I’ve done where the top and back are curved both end to end and side to side, and I had to give myself time to work out in my head how I was going to tackle the operation. I needn’t have been concerned – the process went without a hitch.

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tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
Uke building progress. The tenor on the left is nearly complete, and will get a few more hand rubbed coats of Tru-Oil this week. The baritone on the right just needs one more binding strip installed before I can begin the finish process. Compare the image directly above to the one below.

Soon my short scale, small body steel string acoustic guitar build begins. I was in the workshop preparing my body mold and drawings for it this morning.

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tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
Insomnia had me down in the workshop by 4 AM today. Here I'm planning for my next project, a small body steel string guitar with a 23" scale. 25.4" or 24.9" are the usual scales for most guitars. Four frets is the largest span I can typically reach, and the shorter scale makes it a lot easier to get those stretches. The body molds keep the guitar sides square and rigid while the various reinforcements are glued in place.

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tonyturley

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Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
The baritone ukulele project is nearing the finishing stage. Today I finished scraping and cleaning up the final Rosewood binding strip. Everything has been sanded to a medium grit. I’ll step away from the project for a day or two and come back with fresh eyes and a magnifying glass, examining it carefully for imperfections I might have missed. Then final sanding, and I’ll start applying the thin finishing layers before gluing on the neck.

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