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    Drink all of that and you would be sideways!
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    Posting pictures today is driving me to drink. It seems that I can post one sideways, or one upright and one sideways, but not just one upright. Anyway, my wife is the vintner and brewer. I’m the tester.
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    What are the gizmos at the tops?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John of Phoenix View Post
    What are the gizmos at the tops?
    Air locks
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    John, to expand on Kat's minimalist - albeit correct - answer, The fermenting beer/cider/wine gives off CO2 which must escape the bottle, but you don't want dirty, spore-laden room air to get in. The water-trap air lock (pic below) has an inverted cup over a spigot in a cup with water in it. As the gas in the bottle expands it lifts the inverted cup until some of the gas escapes under the perforated lip of the upturned cup, which promptly settles back down on the spigot and the water prevents any outside air from getting in the bottle. You can tell when fermentation is pretty much complete when you stop hearing the regular 'plip...plip' of the inverted cup plopping back down on the spigot.



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    That's some mighty fine H2.... er ETOH ya got going there. What types?
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    Tenor uke for my oldest boy.

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    Very cool!

    My next home built instrument will likely be a banjo uke (banjolele). I found a vintage calf skin tambourine that I've pulled the jingle bits from and I plan to convert it over. It's the learning instrument before I go on to build a Appalachian mountain style banjo.

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    Bottle stoppers and some smoked goods bacon,cheese,salami and orange lonzino.




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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    That's some mighty fine H2.... er ETOH ya got going there. What types?
    A Malbec, old vine Zinfandel and a Cabernet. Off to the right, out of the picture, we’re setting up to brew 12 gallons of double IPA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trefor View Post
    Very cool!

    My next home built instrument will likely be a banjo uke (banjolele). I found a vintage calf skin tambourine that I've pulled the jingle bits from and I plan to convert it over. It's the learning instrument before I go on to build a Appalachian mountain style banjo.

    Trevor
    Banjolele? So, four or five string? Banjo or uke tuning? I play both, but for some time Iíve been partial to the uke. They fingerpick the same way, you know?
    I made a fretless, wood topped banjo some years ago. I still got the drawings, including the scale for the frets, which I marked, but didnít install. Just marked. It was cool. Very soft sound.

    Pwace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Banjolele? So, four or five string? Banjo or uke tuning? I play both, but for some time I’ve been partial to the uke. They fingerpick the same way, you know?
    I made a fretless, wood topped banjo some years ago. I still got the drawings, including the scale for the frets, which I marked, but didn’t install. Just marked. It was cool. Very soft sound.

    Pwace,
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    Yup! Four strings, same tuning as an uke - gCEA. You can even play it clawhammer, the little g acts like the drone string on a five string banjo. I am planning to make mine in concert or tenor uke scale. I have an inexpensive store-bought soprano I've been playing since Fathers Day. It's fun, but I'd like something with a little more room on the neck, only tuned the same way. Also, the banjo-ish sound will be more fun when camping in the hills of SW Missouri and NW Arkansas.

    I bet your banjo is neat. I like the sound of them, at least the ones I've seen YouTube vids of. I also really like older backless banjos with no resonator. The simpler the build, the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trefor View Post
    Yup! Four strings, same tuning as an uke - gCEA. You can even play it clawhammer, the little g acts like the drone string on a five string banjo. I am planning to make mine in concert or tenor uke scale. I have an inexpensive store-bought soprano I've been playing since Fathers Day. It's fun, but I'd like something with a little more room on the neck, only tuned the same way. Also, the banjo-ish sound will be more fun when camping in the hills of SW Missouri and NW Arkansas.

    I bet your banjo is neat. I like the sound of them, at least the ones I've seen YouTube vids of. I also really like older backless banjos with no resonator. The simpler the build, the better.

    -Trevor
    I prefer the concert size for bluegrass type stuff, because it retains more of the twangy charm, yet has more room for my spider hands.
    The tenor is nice, too, but very ďwarmĒ relatively speaking. I want the twang.

    You can play it clawhammer... Shoo, donít I know. You can also root your pinky and pluck just like a banjo. Itís the top string that allows the cross over techniques.

    My favorite song to play on the uke is Rocky Top. Toss a few rolls in here and there, and it sounds like something not too terrible. Hehe.

    Peace,
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    P.S. The banjo was open backed, with an 1/8Ē cedar top and ash body/neck. It was octagonal in shape, with a through neck. I miss it.

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    Daughter is getting the last of four built highchairs, too many grandchildren to keep making them. And they all get jarred spaghetti sauce from the gardens san marzano tomatoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK 17 View Post
    Anyway, my wife is the vintner and brewer. Iím the tester.
    Good to see someone has their priorities right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    I prefer the concert size for bluegrass type stuff, because it retains more of the twangy charm, yet has more room for my spider hands.
    The tenor is nice, too, but very “warm” relatively speaking. I want the twang.

    You can play it clawhammer... Shoo, don’t I know. You can also root your pinky and pluck just like a banjo. It’s the top string that allows the cross over techniques.

    My favorite song to play on the uke is Rocky Top. Toss a few rolls in here and there, and it sounds like something not too terrible. Hehe.

    Peace,
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    P.S. The banjo was open backed, with an 1/8” cedar top and ash body/neck. It was octagonal in shape, with a through neck. I miss it.
    I've not played a concert or tenor, before. I'm pretty new to the soprano and playing anything at all. Had some guitar lessons about 15 years ago, but they are long lost. I've been plinking around on the uke, daily, since Fathers Day and loving it. I've added in the cigar box guitar for some grit - fretless and slide only. A lot of fun, even made one from a bottle neck. Planning to build a cigar box amp and add a pickup to mine after Christmas. Like boats, there's a lot to learn about when making and playing instruments. Same kinda mental combo of stimulus and relaxation.

    Cool about the banjo!

    -Trevor

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    This time of year it seems everything takes way more time than you expect. Plus I have to work on it when she isnít home. As beautiful as the one in my OP is, Iíve decided to make the bottom of this one with a laminate that matches the countertops on the boat where it will be used. But the sides are black walnut, a little more sanding, staining and finish then final assembly.

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    Nice work, Ron! I'm going to steal your idea, next year.

    My kid's uke still needs binding, fretboard and bridge, but those won't take long:

    UKULELE WITH TOP ON.jpg

    He works with sea urchins, so the rosette inlay is supposed to look kind of like one. (The messy bit at the top will be covered by the wenge fretboard)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Taylor View Post
    Nice work, Ron! I'm going to steal your idea, next year.

    My kid's uke still needs binding, fretboard and bridge, but those won't take long:

    UKULELE WITH TOP ON.jpg

    He works with sea urchins, so the rosette inlay is supposed to look kind of like one. (The messy bit at the top will be covered by the wenge fretboard)
    Oh, my.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Oh, my.

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    Yeah. Makes my little serving tray seem kind of pitiful.

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    But I may redo the bottom one .
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    My lovely lady has written me a book every Xmas but one, that year she drew an amazing "portrait" of my little doglet, so this year I have written her a wee book. This will most likely be her last Xmas on this earth so I thought that it was about my turn.

    It is titled "The Lucky Man"
    Bald, ugly, not too bright but incredibly sexy in an unattractive sort of way....

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    Okay, nearly finished, needs another coat or two of oil for a bit more gloss. Not quite as nice as the example in my OP but for several reasons I decided to make the bottom of p-lam to match the boat's countertops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Taylor View Post
    (The messy bit at the top will be covered by the wenge fretboard)
    We need to talk about what constitutes "messy" and this isn't it! That's a lovely bit of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    We need to talk about what constitutes "messy" and this isn't it! That's a lovely bit of work.
    Thanks, CW. It's mostly done...I have some more French polishing to do on the top, and then fretwork, nut & saddle filing, and stringing up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Taylor View Post
    Thanks, CW. It's mostly done...I have some more French polishing to do on the top, and then fretwork, nut & saddle filing, and stringing up.

    uke with bridge on.jpg
    Oh. All seven words in a row! I have seen pretty much all the ukes out there, and this ranks amongst the most lovely. Just wonderful, Sir.
    Spring for fluorocarbon strings. They are the bees knees.
    Please post a finished picture, too. Please.

    Peace,
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    Thanks, CW. It's mostly done...I have some more French polishing to do on the top, and then fretwork, nut & saddle filing, and stringing up.
    What is your overall opinion of French polish? I'm told it's thinner and therefore better than lacquer, but is it as durable under normal conditions? Are there any special maintenance issues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    What is your overall opinion of French polish? I'm told it's thinner and therefore better than lacquer, but is it as durable under normal conditions? Are there any special maintenance issues?
    If you want a really durable high-gloss finish, it's not the best. In theory, you can freshen it up anytime you want, in a matter of minutes, but who ever gets around to that? It's traditional, for some kinds of instruments, and yes, there is something to be said for keeping the finish thin, especially on the top. However, I'm mostly agnostic about the acoustic properties of finish.

    I was planning to try out a water-based polyurethane, for this one...Enduro-Var. Some builders have spoken highly of it, and it looks easy to use, but I didn't get out to the local Lee Valley store, so I just grabbed what I had on hand (super-blond shellac, 94% booze, a bottle of olive oil and an old t-shirt). I'd forgotten how much I like the smell.

    If I were set up for spraying, I'd switch to lacquer, I guess. I don't like the brushing lacquers I've tried (fumes, too much tedious leveling).french polish.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    There is one illustrated in Woodsmith magazine that I am modifying slightly. The innards will be the same, but I am using a different lamination sequence and wood for a different exterior 'look'. Illustration in the top right corner of pp3 in this on-line browser:

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    wow- cool!
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    Thanks, Bruce. I'm starting to appreciate that a good uke requires as much TLC as a fine guitar. All I'd ever seen before are the tourist instruments.

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    Gypsie, I'll reserve comment on how 'cool' it is until I have finished it without disastrous incident. <grin>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Taylor View Post
    If you want a really durable high-gloss finish, it's not the best. In theory, you can freshen it up anytime you want, in a matter of minutes, but who ever gets around to that? It's traditional, for some kinds of instruments, and yes, there is something to be said for keeping the finish thin, especially on the top. However, I'm mostly agnostic about the acoustic properties of finish.

    I was planning to try out a water-based polyurethane, for this one...Enduro-Var. Some builders have spoken highly of it, and it looks easy to use, but I didn't get out to the local Lee Valley store, so I just grabbed what I had on hand (super-blond shellac, 94% booze, a bottle of olive oil and an old t-shirt). I'd forgotten how much I like the smell.

    If I were set up for spraying, I'd switch to lacquer, I guess. I don't like the brushing lacquers I've tried (fumes, too much tedious leveling).french polish.jpg
    I changed my mind. Stop the torture!

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    Bruce your ukulele build looks beautiful. Where would a guy start if he wanted to try building one? Can you recommend some good reading or youtube vids?
    Thanks
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