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tonyturley

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Scott Depot, WV, USA
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Tony
The completed baritone ukulele building form.

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tonyturley

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Tony
It was a busy and productive week in the shop. This is where I left off yesterday evening, after gluing in a final support piece on the neck block. I'm planning to glue the back on the kiku project Monday or Tuesday, but I'm taking today off from the woodworking to give myself time to step back and refocus, making sure I've done everything that is necessary. A mistake here can ruin the entire project.

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tonyturley

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That's a very nice looking wood grain, will look even better when finished. Great work Tony.
Thanks Harry.

The biindings are in place now, leveled with the soundboard and sanded. Tomorrow the bindings get leveled flush with the sides. After that, the neck work begins.

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tonyturley

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Tony
Just to show things don't always go as planned in the shop, I just came in from cleaning the garage after routing out the set of spalted Sycamore bindings I had installed on my kiku body over the last 2 days. Spalted Sycamore has to be the most unforgiving wood I’ve ever tried to bend, even worse than curly Maple. The stuff split if I looked at it the wrong way, and the fibers also seemed to tear when I was scraping the dried bindings. Despite the cracks, I still went through with the binding job, taping and clamping the cracked areas tightly as the glue set. The bindings were nice looking after scraping and sanding – except for the places where the cracks had been glued. Those stood out prominently in my eyes, so off they came.

I don’t know if the fungus that caused the spalting caused the Sycamore to break so easily, but I have some un-spalted Sycamore on hand, so I think I’ll cut the new binding strips from that. But not today or tomorrow. I think I'm going to load up the bike and go for a ride in the rain in the morning.
 

tonyturley

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Scott Depot, WV, USA
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Tony
Wonder if you can steam them first?
If I had that capability. I think the next batch I'm going to soak for about 30 minutes before I attempt the bending, and use a much hotter homemade bending pipe I used to use before I got the commercial one. Other woods like Walnut and Indian Rosewood bend with ease. Some woods are just not as friendly when bending.
 

tonyturley

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Tony
It was bugging me to wait, so I went ahead and cut a new set of bindings from garden variety un-spalted Sycamore. I soaked them in hot water for an hour first, and it was probably the quickest, easiest bending task I've attempted. Here they're just taped in place. I want to clean up the binding channels a bit better before gluing them in permanently.

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Beautiful wood grain, Tony, both back and top. This is going to be another beauty.
And you've done an excellent job with the bindings, they look perfect.
I hope the future owner will appreciate how much heart and soul has gone into it.
 
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