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Blog series by Fchilly updated 12-07-2018 09:58 AM 3 parts 3436 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: The Uke

10-03-2018 11:18 PM by Fchilly | 6 comments »

I’ve begun a new project. This will be my first attempt at creating an instrument. I bought plans online, there are many different providers. I’m following Youtube tutorials for tips and tricks, and planning out each step in advance to prevent significant losses. Tools needed so far: -Band saw with high quality bladeFor ripping the side walls and front/back -Smoothing planeFor cleaning up tool marks on the front and back-Shooting boardFor making crisp glue lines-Table sawFor cutti...

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Part 2: Binding and catchup

10-16-2018 07:51 AM by Fchilly | 5 comments »

After a cider or two I decided I had enough confidence for an attempt at the binding. I set up the trim router to cut about an 1/8×1/16 step for a Koa binding. I relied entirely on CA glue to attach this, and it turned out very nice. I havent decided what to use for the backside binding, but i’m considering a maple/koa/maple contrasting strip. I’ll keep my options wide open. The saddle and nut just arrived from amazon, this means I can continue on the neck and the bridge which I’m ...

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Part 3: Back and neck install

12-07-2018 09:58 AM by Fchilly | 2 comments »

I sanded the uke and laid out the bridge location and installed it. This was very easy with the fretboard already glued in place, and the back not installed yet. After shaping the braces and prepping the neck joint i was able to move on to final installation of the remaining components. Before glueing the neck or back, I set my router a tad shallow and cut clearance for the back’s binding just in the area my router wouldnt reach later rightnear the neck. I glued the neck into place a...

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