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    Default Beautiful maple

    A nicely figured set of maple sides and back for a ukulele.

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    Lookin good
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    Gorgeous stuff!
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    What size ukulele are you building this time? Nice maple. What will you use for the soundboard?

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    Yes, please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Davis View Post
    What size ukulele are you building this time? Nice maple. What will you use for the soundboard?
    That's a picture from the woodtoworks site meant to tantalize anyone thinking about building an instrument. I have materials for a baritone ukulele and an accoustic guitar waiting for me to get busy.

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    As Andy Rooney once said about modern art: "I've got pieces of wood that would look better on the wall than that stuff."

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    A baritone I made for my granddaughter. I'll be going back to "flat" instruments after my experience carving the plates for an F5 mandolin.
    [IMG]Untitled by Gary Davis, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Davis View Post
    A baritone I made for my granddaughter. I'll be going back to "flat" instruments after my experience carving the plates for an F5 mandolin.
    [IMG]Untitled by Gary Davis, on Flickr[/IMG]
    What a beautiful little instrument! What a lucky girl!

    I can’t play baritone, because I get confused enough switching from guitar to uke (a d is a g?), and a guitar/uke matrix makes me freeze! Haha.

    One day, when all the kids are fed and gone, I’d like to spring for a nice tenor. Everyone says to build, but I’d like a nice one.

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    Another beautiful instrument set. I love to window shop on an instrument building supply website, they often have some real beauties. This one is Padauk

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    The back on the ukulele above is padauk. Sides are East Indian rosewood. The back and sides WERE supposed to be Oregon myrtle but I screwed up the back and had to punt. Relegated to use what I had in my shop. My wife's uncle was a wood collector and I was able to get a fair share of his stash when he passed. I've not finished with the mandolin cause the figured cherry sides keep cracking so I'm starting on a classical guitar. Neck, back and sides will be Cuban mahogany also sourced from her uncle. Glued up a 5-piece neck blank yesterday.

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    The hardwood site calls it silky oak


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    I had a Takamine twelve for a while that had the back and sides made from silky oak. Neat stuff.

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    There is no way I'd try to build an acoustic, but solid body electrics are pretty easy to make. For this guitar's rebuild I found a nice piece of maple on eBay that was wide enough to get the whole top out of one piece.

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    I've been window shopping again. The site calls it torrified maple. I call it drop dead gorgeous.

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    The sides look like a tough bend but they're lovely also

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    More marvelous maple

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    Madrone

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathouse willy View Post
    I've been window shopping again. The site calls it torrified maple. I call it drop dead gorgeous.

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    The sides look like a tough bend but they're lovely also

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    I do love fiddleback grain, it has a beautiful 3D depth to it.
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    I've always loved the backs of my German-made Hofners. It's kind of like every bass has its own totally individual fingerprint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathouse willy View Post
    The hardwood site calls it silky oak


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    Grevillia Robusta silky oak?
    https://www.wood-database.com/southern-silky-oak/#pics

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    One of my former twelve-strings had a cedar top and silky oak back and sides. Pretty wood!

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    Some walnut to get lost in.


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