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    Anent that Kurzgesagt vid on The Great Filter: The existence of mitochondria demonstrates that socialism works.
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    What happened on 11/11/1111?
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2020
     
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanThe existence of mitochondria demonstrates that socialism works.

    And the existence of corona/covid-19 demonstrates that capitalism can work, too.
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2020
     
    As long as there is a host.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2020
     
    Posted By: aber0derAs long as there is a host.


    Ha!
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    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanWhat happened on 11/11/1111?


    The Irving Conquest?
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    How is the lute construction going?
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2020 edited
     
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanHow is the lute construction going?



    Paused. I finished the first 'uke (as in, applied finish stain and varnish, after routing channels for the body binding and installing same, of mango wood) and am about 60 percent done with the second one, but have paused due to the work area being occupied with another very innnteresting project.
    I am having to back up a little bit though because I initially made the second neck out of swamp ash wood which isn't working out too well so I'm using maple instead.
    I'm quite pleased with the way the first one turned out. Now that I've let it sit for a while I don't see all the imperfections right away and it looks and sounds decent after all. It has held together, at least, and stays in tune.
    Thanks for asking!
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2020
     
    Are you using hide glue?
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2020
     
    And are you taking orders?
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    Posted By: AsterixAre you using hide glue?


    No, the first one was stuck together with Titebond, mostly, and nothing is yet glued on the second one since I'm not going to use the ash neck. (The neck is a three or four piece glue-up, with the angled headstock and the heel, not including the fingerboard.) I was a little worried about the cocobolo bridge glued to the spruce top but the joint has held up so far.

    Maybe by #3 I'll have progressed to hide glue. But I'm working in the living room of this small house. I can just imagine the kinds of messes I could create while learning to work with hide glue.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2020
     
    Keep at it. I may order a subtcontrabass uke foom you one day.
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    Posted By: loremanAnd are you taking orders?
    Heh... not just yet, but once I'm done with #2 then we shall see what happens...

    There are several luthier's supply houses that sell kits of exotic woods, such as

    https://www.stewmac.com/kits-and-projects/instrument-kits/ukulele-kits/stewmac-premium-solid-wood-tenor-ukulele-kit.html

    Or one may select uncut top and back and unbent sides of many different exotic woods from other suppliers, with other bits and pieces like the fingerboard and bridge selected from many options. This gives more latitude for customization, and also more opportunity for craftsmanship both positive and negative... lol...
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    Posted By: AsterixKeep at it. I may order a subtcontrabass uke foom you one day.


    That would be fun. I'm considering making a solid-body electric uke too.
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2020
     
    Posted By: alsetalokin
    Posted By: AsterixAre you using hide glue?


    No, the first one was stuck together with Titebond, mostly, and nothing is yet glued on the second one since I'm not going to use the ash neck. (The neck is a three or four piece glue-up, with the angled headstock and the heel, not including the fingerboard.) I was a little worried about the cocobolo bridge glued to the spruce top but the joint has held up so far.

    Maybe by #3 I'll have progressed to hide glue. But I'm working in the living room of this small house. I can just imagine the kinds of messes I could create while learning to work with hide glue.


    To say nothing of the stink. My grandfather used to repair pianos amongst his many other activities and kept a pot of hide glue which he’d heat up from time to time. Phew!
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2020 edited
     
    There's a good reason for hide glue, however. It's reversible (comes unstuck with heat) without damaging the materials it holds together. 400 year old Amati violins, for example, are eminently repairable.
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    Sure -- but if anybody ever needs to repair a 21st century Al Setalokin 'ukelele, they can use Gorilla Glue if they want, it won't void the warranty.
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    Just kidding. I'd use hide glue if needed.
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2020 edited
     
    Stew Mac has complete supplies and kits but not a very good selection of tonewoods for ukes. They cater mostly to the guitar trade. But an Oregon company has some really nice woods for 'ukuleles. Oregon Wild Woods:

    Here's a nice Myrtlewood set of sides and back:


    "wood" you believe Pheasant Wood?

    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2020
     
    I've long heard the observation that "a luthier is only as good as his tonewood". Old seasoned Sitka spruce can fetch stupid prices in the PNW.