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Thread: Vinyl cutter
26/06/2020 22:31:44

Just experimenting on a borrowed CriCut Maker. Looks good so far.


Thread: Fokker DV111
19/06/2020 21:52:57
Posted by Dwain Dibley. on 18/06/2020 22:16:44:

Stick a pic in here if you don't want to start a thread Dood, I would love to see it.


KK Gipsy

18/06/2020 21:27:18

Looks good, Dwain!

I'm building a Ripmax/Keil Kraft Gypsy, and thoroughly enjoying the whole experience too!


Thread: Leisure or standard car battery for charging lipo's
16/06/2020 23:06:42
Posted by Jason Channing on 16/06/2020 18:31:49:

Use a generator

I got to that stage and then realised that it made more sense to forget about the generator, and put the petrol engine straight into the model!


Thread: 4Max batteries - any good?
03/06/2020 22:35:57

Thank you for your opinions, gents!

I shall be making a modest order.

Tim cool

03/06/2020 20:51:25

Hi all!

The title says it all really. My existing motley collection of ancient li-pos are all pretty knackered, so it's time for some new ones of various sizes.

So....has anybody had any real life experience with 4-Max?


Thread: Lockdown Project - Guitalele
21/04/2020 07:13:22


It's been very interesting to watch new members come along, and to witness their progress as the weeks pass by.

Starting with their tongues stuck out in concentration as they play simple down-strokes with their thumbs, whilst squinting at the music sheets. Some never get past this level, and that's fine.

Others delve into the internet tutorials, and pretty soon you see the purchase of a better uke, and the emergence of barre chords, muting, etc.

It's a great leveller, socially too. I'd been to one or two guitar clubs previously, and found they was a bit like a camera club; some posturing with their Martins and Taylors, and then then the eagerness for their turn in the spotlight, to show off their own (considerable) skills.

Uke players, on the other hand, tend to hang around the bar in a cheerful mob, irrespective of their relative skill levels! We attend a couple of uke festivals each year now; my wife doesn't play but she loves the people and the social aspect, as we'll set up a circle in the middle of the local campsite, pub car park and start banging out a few tunes for the populace.

It's the social aspect that I miss the most at the moment.


20/04/2020 21:36:42

Thank you Gents!

A couple of years ago, if you'd have forecast that I'd be playing/singing live in public some day, then I'd have considered you as insane.

True, I've been strumming a guitar in the privacy of home for decades, but the decision to a) get a uke, and b) join a club, really has been a life-changer. Firstly, the realisation that I'm no worse than anybody else was a spur in itself, allied to the dawning revelation that I could actually sing a note or two!

The next progression was to occasionally join the (amplified) front line at the local club. Soon after that I was approached by the admin of a neighbouring club, who was looking for a new leader. So I bought an amp and a mic, and the rest is history.

Bad Moon Rising


Thread: Tim Hoopers Cygnet
18/04/2020 22:25:08

Wonderful stuff, Goth!


Thread: Lockdown Project - Guitalele
18/04/2020 19:18:18


Here's the finished thing having its first thrashing!



18/04/2020 17:35:54
Posted by Phil Green on 18/04/2020 17:17:11:

I just call a 'uke D' a D, even though its really a G wink

That's OK if you're playing on your own. Not so good if you're playing in a group.

Even worse if you're actually leading the group!


17/04/2020 21:27:15

Thanks Gents!

I've been trying a few chords on the new one. As I said at the start of this nonsense, the tricky part is remembering which chord shapes (guitar or uke) are applicable to it. It's a bit confusing!

Lindsey check your PMs......


Thread: Tim Hoopers Cygnet
16/04/2020 21:34:56

Good save!


Thread: Lockdown Project - Guitalele
16/04/2020 21:29:43

T'is done!

The strings went on this evening, and a bit of fettling to the nut and bridge to get the action where I want it.

It'll take a day of three before the strings settle in and it maintains its tuning for more than 2 minutes. Only then willI consider embarrassing myself.....

It has a mellow tune - not too loud, but nice for home playing.







13/04/2020 21:51:41

Another day, etc......

I've sawn off the dowels as threatened, and fitted new ones to raise the neck a little. The neck is now permanently attached.

The long screwdriver fits through the hole for the strap button in the base of the body, and passes all the way through to the screws in the heel block.


A bit of masking tape protects the soundboard whilst I sort out the bridge position. The scale length is typical for a tenor uke at 430mm.


Tape is removed to allow the bridge to contact the soundboard, and to protect the board from excess glue.


The bridge is glued and clamped.


The final job this evening was to lightly sand the instrument and apply the first coat of varnish.

Thread: Tim Hoopers Cygnet
13/04/2020 21:41:30

Thanks Goth!

It's a pleasure to see this model grow on your board so neatly.


Thread: Lockdown Project - Guitalele
12/04/2020 21:49:53

Welcome aboard, Geoff!

It's always surprising when you hook up with other players in a non-related context, isn't it?

Fair progress today.....

I've embedded four 8mm dowels in the heel end of the neck, and drilled corresponding holes in the body. There are another two, smaller, holes (circled) which accept the screws which pass through from the inside of the body, through the heel block, and into the neck.


Installing the fret wires is a simple job involving a vice and a hammer! I secure the ends of each fret with a tiny drop of CA glue. The ends are then filed smooth, and the tops of the frets levelled and polished.


I still have the option of buying a ready-made bridge, but I thought I'd have a bash at making my own first, using a scrap of (oak?) hardwood. The slots for the saddle were cut with the pullsaw.


Shaping the bridge.


The soundboard is glued to the (stained) body. The neck is trial fitted - a long screwdriver passes through the hole for the strap button, and then into the heel block.

A couple of issues here; The neck is too low on the body, so I need to saw off the dowels, re-drill and fit new ones about 3mm further down. I may also introduce a little bit of back angle to the joint itself.

Secondly, the bridge looks just too bulky, so it;'s probably going to get slimmed down on the sander. It's not glued to the body yet.


11/04/2020 21:00:20

Right-oh, we left the guitalele build with the neck getting fettled - fret slots cut, and ears added.

The fret markers are cut from the plastic stem of a cotton bud, and CA'd into drilled holes. This is my usual method.


Test-fitting the neck to the body, over a drawn centre line.


A couple of screws hold the neck for now. Dowels and glue to follow!


You can see how chronically askew the body is by the state of the heel block.


I'm pleased with the neck. It's the most daunting part of any build, but also the most satisfying!


11/04/2020 20:52:24
Posted by Phil Green on 10/04/2020 22:11:28:

My Dad made four Mountain Dulcimers, this is the one he made for me:


Phil, that sounds amazing! Thank you for posting the clip.

All, I also found that the mystery tool was called a drawknife, so we're all agreed there then!

Ken, My own first build was also a 3-string CBG. I learned a lot - except how to actually play the damn thing! I just couldn't get on with the picking and slide work. So I had a rethink, and built another CBG - this time a 'conventional' 6 string guitar. Incidentally, most of my hardware comes from Ebay - although Chickenbone John has a thriving website of his own.


Here's a video of my 6-stringer in operation;

The Snake


10/04/2020 19:49:45

Thanks for the feedback Gents!

Alex, we usually meet and play weekly too. The Shrewsbury Ukulele Massive has been experimenting with ZOOM too, but I've not yet had a bash myself.

Well, my plan to get the neck bandsawn came to nothing, so I did it today by hand.....

The first bit were easy, using a small handsaw. Which just left that big chunk in the middle.


A root in my late father-in-law's tool roll unearthed this rather remarkable item, I don't even know what it's called, but it carved it's way through the remaining excess in a matter of minutes.


Check the date stamp on the blade!


The sides of the neck were tapered with a plane..


.....and then the rounding off process begun on the belt sander. Handy tool, this.


Using an existing instrument as a guide, I did a quick drawing of the headstock to-be


Adding 'ears' to the sides of the neck re-inforces it where the head stock angles backwards


Hopefully, I'll get the neck fully sorted tomorrow, and get it aligned correctly to the body.

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