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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:19 pm 
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I was thinking of using the uke kit I got for my 3yo as a guinea pig for learning finishing and binding. I have grand visions of also doing some inlay on it. Has anybody else ever done this?

BTW, how the heck do you put a rosette on one of these since the soundhole's already cut out?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:35 pm 
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the fretboard isn't solid so inlay is very difficult . The veneer is so thin that you will likely sand through it . Binding can be done but you need a fresh bit and again this is veneer so if you don't get the binding perfect you will likely again sand through the side veneers.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:28 pm 
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I admit to making a few of these myself . I was surprised at the sound . It at least sounded like a uke

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:54 pm 
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OK, so I bought one and have been taking the jump into French polish today using amber Shellac. I don't know, I must be doing it wrong because I'm actually having fun so far. I think the sapele looks kinda nice now. The finish is starting to fill in and little by little the gloss is starting to get clearer with each coat.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:38 am 
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Well, it was going good:

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Another casualty of sibling rivalry.

BTW, the 12th fret is MIA. I may just chuck it and start over but I put a LOT of effort into the French polish as was just about to do the final buff.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:22 am 
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Oh no......that hurts!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:32 pm 
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Gosh Neil, how sad.
If you do another one make sure to lock it up out of reach when not being worked on.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:41 pm 
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FWIW I'm thinking of picking up another one. They're only $22 or so and I've already got the shellac ready to go. The only thing I'm out of really is time put into it - and I skipped pore filling anyway.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:41 am 
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You can probably still make it playable if you drill a few holes in the neck and in the body and use a few plugs to join them together again, but maybe some of the fretboard is broken off?


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