Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

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Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:45 pm

I am but a humble and inspired Git that loves to have a go at instrument making.
I go on one particular model and that is the Martin 0 series Soprano Ukulele.
All my tools and jigs are orientated to make this one instrument as it is close to my heart.
I have limited funds and facilities due to my meagre pensions so please excuse my excuses!
Today " The Books " arrived which will take another dimension.
Oh Wow what Brilliance in their writing...BIG WOW TREVOR!
I know nothing but want to share my achievements with you so you can advise me how to improve.
So here goes with some shots of what I am up to....,( if you are interested?)
Have a lovely day all.
Pete.

https://flic.kr/p/2dGd9XF
https://flic.kr/p/24tzWrn

https://flic.kr/p/2f64E9p
https://flic.kr/p/SWUydC
My home made circle cutter.
One cuts the sound hole and the other the Rosette channels.
https://flic.kr/p/2f64EBZ.
https://flic.kr/p/2dGdac8
This is my bridge brace tempate for cutting and placing it.
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:53 pm

Sorry I have tried to edit these so the BBC code automatically shows the image.
It does not do so as with other forums so I welcome advice on how to improve this.
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by 56nortondomy » Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:08 pm

Hi Pete, I'm no expert on ukes but the bridge patch looks really big, how thick is it? Just my observation. ( not a criticism ).
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by kiwigeo » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:22 pm

Pete, it's a lot easier if you upload your pics directly to the forum rather than via an image service. :)
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:40 pm

Martin.
I am a dummy.
Please advise how I upload directly to the forum.
I am 68 and not Savvy in this department .
But all too willing to learn.
I know!...age no excuse ...I stand ashamed but open to help with my deaf ears!!!
Please bear with me mate!
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:59 pm

Tomorrow when it is daylight I will post a few pics of my Soprano Ukulele bridge clamp made on the cheap and avoiding StewMac with the postage.
Bridge clamps ( to my mind ) come in as expensive and then I have to gamble if they 'd fit.
This bugger "Does fit" and is made specifically and designed to fit only the Uke I am interested in.
Hey Ho !
Catch you all in the morrow.
Pete

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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:28 am

Wayne.
My bridge clamp is 2mm thick as per the drawing.
Is this too thick do you think?
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by kiwigeo » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:54 am

Petecane wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:40 pm
I am 68 and not Savvy in this department .
I'm 61....so age is no excuse :)
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:41 am

This is my Ukulele bridge clamp.
I have tried to download the pics directly to the forum but do not know how to.
Any advice welcome.
https://flic.kr/p/SXwbSE
https://flic.kr/p/RkjsUr
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by 56nortondomy » Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:17 pm

Looks thicker in the photo Pete, 2mm should be ok. When you want to add a photo go under the dialogue box click on attachments you should be able to work the rest out, just remember they have to be under a certain size. I resize mine with a program called fotosizer it's free and easy to use.Wayne

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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by kiwigeo » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:43 pm

Petecane wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:41 am

I have tried to download the pics directly to the forum but do not know how to.
See here Pete: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8413
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:45 pm

Okay Martin.
Thanks.
I am having a go now to post a pic of the finshed bridge clamp.
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:47 pm

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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by kiwigeo » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:26 pm

Well that obviously didn't work too well :o

Petecane wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:47 pm
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:35 am

Yep...another one bites the dust.
I work entirely from a Samsung S9 but it does not come up with the same prompts.
Pressed the " add image "...fine.
I go to my " my files " and add image...fine.
I bluish box appears which indicates the image being loaded...fine.
Then I have tried to drag and drop it in the text box. ...no luck.
Then tried to " copy " and paste into the text box...no luck.
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:42 am

Trying again....
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:46 am

Here are more views of the bridge clamp in it's various guises.
It is not beautuful but a working prototype.
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by lamanoditrento » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:20 am

Nice little circle cutter Pete
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:16 pm

Thank you that you like my circle cutter.
I am on a new build now.
I have used the Martin soprano crucial measurements but Brought the bouts in and made it more slender and Nunes style.
I used Polycarbonate to make the template and hardwood for the mould.I really like this shape.
All spars,and the sound hole are marked.
I like the old fashioned way these Ukes were made.
Slotted necks laid flat on the board which I have not made yet
The line of the finger board and top cannot be anything other than bang on straight..
The more I look at it the more I like the shape and it is "My " shape which I find exciting.
It is also allbut the old cremonese way of making violins.
I plan to do some modifications to the build but the old system will still prevail.
The second pic will show how I have varied from the Martin.
The Helmholtz thingey should be about the same.
More about that later.
No....Now!....as an experiment I blew across the sound hole and a definate note was there. ( with my almost finished Martin copy Uke!.)
With a guitar of course being larger this would be difficult.
But the " note " was definately there.
Anyway here we go if your interested.
Pete
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:18 pm

Sorry....doubled up.
This one hopefully will show the difference between the Martin Soprano shape.

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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:19 pm

Try again!
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:26 pm

And this one ...a birds eye of " the outline ".
I am just learning how to edit!....
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:29 pm

I give up.
Good night all.
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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:46 pm

One more try at the outline...

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Re: Bushwhacker Ukulele builds.

Post by Petecane » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:49 pm

Hopefully this time.
Aghhhhh

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