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Life in the Village and beyond, based around the interests of my life. Sunset at Telegraph Point.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Building a Ukulele - Part 10 - Applying the Shellac Finish

The first ever - Riverside Ukuleles - tenor ukulele has been completed - to the point where the shellac finish to the body can be applied.  This will be a time consuming process.
Here it is after four coats:

Up to this point the shellac has been applied with a brush.
After six coats I will change to a soft pad, and it will be Karate Kid style - wax-on ....
And the front ................


The fretboard has had the mother of pearl (MOP) fretmarkers inlaid into the top, and the side markers inlaid  as well ....... remember those knitting needles ......


I think I'll give the fretboard a waxed finish after it is glued on - wait and see ........

Now this shellac-ing is sometimes referred to as French polish, but it seems that French polish was bees wax based, and that shellac was actually an English finish - who'd - a - thought.
The process is going to take some time, so I'll spare you the wait .......

In the meantime, enjoy some Brittni Paiva ..


video

... and even if you don't live in Alaska .... Uke-on ............!!!!!!!

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