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    Thanks! I wanted to do more today but I have been...

    Thanks! I wanted to do more today but I have been a bit ill this last week so itís taking longer than I want it to.
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    The three shallow carcasses have been added to...

    The three shallow carcasses have been added to the island bench. These will be used for ďoccasional itemsĒ in the kitchen, so access from the seating side is not really an issue. I will have help...
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    Have you thought about a rasp and a hand plane? I...

    Have you thought about a rasp and a hand plane? I use a rasp and a spoke shave to shape ukulele necks, then clean up with a scraper or sand paper. Slow things down a bit and that way you can work to...
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    I bet you have all been thinking, when is he...

    I bet you have all been thinking, when is he going to start on facing the carcasses? Well now is the time, here is one of the side panels for the island bench. It is 70mm thick and made up of a pine...
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    I finally finished the island bench top, glad...

    I finally finished the island bench top, glad itís now done as it has taken way too long to get it finished. Wet rubbed up to 2000 grit and buffed.
    Is it shiny enough?
    ...
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    Our home is steel framed and there is no noise...

    Our home is steel framed and there is no noise from movement etc. the only noise we here is the odd cool down from a really hot day to a cold night, one or two creeks and that is it. I canít be sure...
  7. Thread: Bending Timber

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    Bending Timber

    I understand that I use a lot thinner timber, maximum of 2.2mm and minimum of .75mm but as long as the timber is held and left to cool and dry out, it should hold its shape pretty well on its own...
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    Hi, I would look at the draws that are made for...

    Hi, I would look at the draws that are made for tradies vans/4wdís as they would hold all the weight you require of them. Most are skinned with mdf/ply and covered with automotive carpet or checker...
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    Well the electrician and plumber turned up today...

    Well the electrician and plumber turned up today to do their thing. All went well. Gas is now piped through to the cook top (bottled gas)
    The sparky fitted new power to the oven, a couple of new...
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    Got the first full seal coat of epoxy on the...

    Got the first full seal coat of epoxy on the island bench top today, a few small hairline cracks that have shown up from this seal coat to fill up. I have taken some close up pictures of the results...
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    Kitchen renovation started

    Thanks, the floor tiles look better than my splash back! I will get on my hand s and knees in due course and clean the grout, I have one of those brushes and your right they are great for grout...
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    Table Top Attachment

    40mm sounds very excessive, you will get sideways movement but for the size of the table I cannot imagine it ever being 40mm within a home. Even from green milled timber to dry you would not see that...
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    Kitchen renovation started

    Haha, I know what you mean. I had to sacrifice two full tiles that were already there to get the whole lot to look ok. We had a total of 16 tiles left over from when the house was built and I managed...
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    I think that if you were to use fixed screws...

    I think that if you were to use fixed screws along the two legs that run with the grain and then over size the holes on the other pair of legs you will be fine. 4 screws in total.
    I would not bother...
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    Kitchen renovation started

    The remaining three carcasses have been built for the kitchen. I still have three narrow ones 240mm wide to finish off for the seated side of the island bench, these will be for small hardly used...
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    Well we no longer have a ďUĒ shaped kitchen. The...

    Well we no longer have a ďUĒ shaped kitchen. The new island bench will be around 2200mmx1200mm, I will be doing some shuffling of existing carcasses to cover cut tiles and adding shallow carcasses...
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    VICTORIA Thanks Eugene, parcel arrived yesterday. It looks...

    Thanks Eugene, parcel arrived yesterday. It looks lovely :)
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    That sounds like a great idea, I have sealed the...

    That sounds like a great idea, I have sealed the grout but I can just imagine how they will look after the first spaghetti night! I need to mix some grout up and seal it as a sample and throw some...
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    VICTORIA Thanks Eugene :)

    Thanks Eugene :)
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    VICTORIA And I will take the two blocks thanks Eugene,...

    And I will take the two blocks thanks Eugene, will send you a pm
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    Kitchen renovation started

    Bench top is now finished, a couple of fill coats in the gum veins and a seal coat for the whole top, back and exposed ends then two full coats over the top front face and right side. I used a foam...
  22. Thread: Coffee table

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    Hmm, want a race? Haha! See who finishes first. ...

    Hmm, want a race? Haha! See who finishes first.
    Iím really intrigued with what you are doing, did you cast the parts yourself?
  23. Thread: The Dixie gtr

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    Well nothing ventured nothing gained, go for it!...

    Well nothing ventured nothing gained, go for it! Let us know how it turns out. :)
  24. Thread: The Dixie gtr

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    The Dixie gtr

    Thinking more about this design, it is also going to load up the soundboard to some extent, the portion of the neck that extends into the body appears to be glued directly to the soundboard. Setting...
  25. Thread: The Dixie gtr

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    Ok, now I have finished my twelve hour day I will...

    Ok, now I have finished my twelve hour day I will respond in a different way and hopefully you will have the patience and tact that most of us on here afford each other. And yes I probably would have...
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    Look up lattice guitar construction, lots of...

    Look up lattice guitar construction, lots of people do it. I donít build guitar only ukuleles but even ukuleles have been constructed this way.
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    Wow, looks fantastic so far! Iím pulling up a...

    Wow, looks fantastic so far! Iím pulling up a chair to watch your progress :)
  28. I donít know about the whole salt thing, but I...

    I donít know about the whole salt thing, but I have just had a glue failure in one of my boards. It appears that I have over oiled it or squeezed the bejezzus out of it on glue up. Either way it...
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    Kitchen renovation started

    And this! Satisfied? Like I said in my original post, planning has been done and I am not stupid either. If the electrician has an issue with me running a draw wire down the wall for him, then it is...
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    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190831/25c87a5b...

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190831/25c87a5b0fc11f6851ec06f32ba4c1a2.jpg
    For what itís worth!
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    Kitchen renovation started

    Not the case with manufactured punched holes, none of the wires running through the house as it was built required it. There are a few the original electrician drilled and run through grommets but...
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    Kitchen renovation started

    Three of the four overhead cabinets are in. There will be another over the fridge on the right to tie the whole lot in with another two studs. I was able to hide the fixings for the range hood...
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    Thank you Tony, Iím doing the best I can :) ...

    Thank you Tony, Iím doing the best I can :)


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Kitchen renovation started

    Our kitchen has become a bit sad and we had the need to update the 570mm wide free standing electric oven as it has had its day (it actually went pop just days after I picked up the new oven)
    So we...
  35. Thread: Handsaw storage

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    Lance, nice simple design. Being forgetful, I...

    Lance, nice simple design. Being forgetful, I think I would find myself bent over below the saws and forget they are there and cut my head open on the way back up!
    Cheers Cal
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    I have never known Araldite to go rock hard like...

    I have never known Araldite to go rock hard like a ďrealĒ 2 pac does, you canít sand it, it just balls up. I would use a commercial type like west systems, it will sand really well and adhere to the...
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    They certainly sound fantastic, I only dream of...

    They certainly sound fantastic, I only dream of being able to play like that! The fellow in my video is coming back this afternoon to start teaching me how to play, I need to take little steps first...
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    Thanks Chris, nice of you to say! The kids love...

    Thanks Chris, nice of you to say!
    The kids love their instruments and Iím pretty chuffed with mine too :)
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    Thanks Euge! Iím planning the next one, there...

    Thanks Euge!
    Iím planning the next one, there are a few things I will be changing, the main one being a larger volume body. This one lacks a bit of resonance in the b and e strings, I am loving the...
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    Yep, I know of him. I have seen a few clips of...

    Yep, I know of him. I have seen a few clips of his.
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    I have found someone to play my ukulele for me...

    I have found someone to play my ukulele for me and give me feedback, he loves it!
    Tell me what you think of it!

    YouTube
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    Thanks Eric, I will check him out :)

    Thanks Eric, I will check him out :)
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    Thanks Paul, at this stage Iím still trying to...

    Thanks Paul, at this stage Iím still trying to put into practice what I learn from each build I do. I wouldnít even know how to price them to sell, I think that I need to get a few more under my belt...
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    Thanks Eugene, and I can guarantee you I have no...

    Thanks Eugene, and I can guarantee you I have no clue how to play it! I need my children to teach me! Now itís built I will spend some serious time on learning how to play it. That is, in between a...
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    Well itís finally finished! Blackwood body,...

    Well itís finally finished!
    Blackwood body, Sheoak fretboard and headstock plate, 9 piece neck comprising of Tasmanian Myrtle, Jarrah and Claret Ash, Redgum bridge with under saddle piezo, preamp...
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    READ ME! Just be careful with this one, I work for AP and...

    Just be careful with this one, I work for AP and I am aware of many of the eBay specials are counterfeit. We have had a few and they get past on to the investigation team.
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    A pic just for Eugene :) ...

    A pic just for Eugene :)

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190719/22957d3e6d816152b9ab0d65517d1c65.jpg
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    Thatís a beauty John! Have a great trip!

    Thatís a beauty John!
    Have a great trip!
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    More ukuleles on the bench

    The body still needs a heap of finishing, many layers to go the grain still needs filling. Iím starting to feel like the karate kid, wax on wax off grasshopper :)
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    More progress pics, the back is now on the body,...

    More progress pics, the back is now on the body, binding is complete and fretboard is done ( I really dislike fretwork)
    Fretboard now gluing to the neck prior to gluing to the body (photos are just...
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