ukulele-a-thon #1: What ?!?

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Blog entry by cfrance posted 12-31-2016 08:09 PM 418 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It seems like every Christmas there is that one special present that everyone in the family wants after all the presents are opened and this year in my house it was a cheap plastic ukulele. My kids are out of town this weekend and my wife being a computer designer/coder is doing a “hack-a-thon”. An event where the goal is to conceptualize and complete a new app of some sort. I’m not sure if she was joking but she told me I should try and make a ukulele this weekend-start to finish. My own hack-a-thon. A ukulele-a-thon! So it is my goal to have in my possession by Sunday night a shop made soprano ukulele. I recieved the fret wire and tuners in the mail yesterday and made a cheap device to bend the sides earlier this week.I also picked up a few bolts and misc supplies from the hardware store. I did however wait until Saturday morning to actually start working on the project.
I have never made a music instrument although I did play guitar for a few years. I considered making an acoustic until I realized just how much work was involved. Maybe this is going to be easy, maybe not, but I am doing this for fun and if I actually have something in the end then great. If not, well atleast i will have a better understanding for my next try. I am going to use crappy framing lumber instead of some nice hardwood since I have no idea what I am doing. And I am going to combine methods I’ve seen from some youtube videos and some things from a few websites.
I imagine I will cut quite a few corners and do many things a luthier would cringe at. And I’m sorry. This isn’t meant to be an instructional series only me have some fun in my shop. Who knows maybe I will inspire someone else to try the same.

-- Life is 20% of what you make it and 80% of how you take it.

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