ukulele-a-thon #2: Beginning

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Blog entry by cfrance posted 12-31-2016 11:31 PM 572 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So first thing this morning I tried to download a body template for both of the soundboards (the top and bottom) and bending the sides. As it turns out everyone wants to charge for plans. Or maybe I just wasn’t looking in the right places. So I managed to find some scale drawings at However, I realized that his plans, great and welcome as they may be, are for a concert size ukulele(the second smallest size and i am trying to make the smallest.) I added a line to make it the typical length and noticed the sides did not scale correctly. So I simply doodled until it looked right and then cut it out for the master template.

I used this to make the form for bending the sides.

That’s not dirty laundry it’s my ukulele sides made out of fur soaking in a laundry basket.

Here is my hot pipe bender. A heat gun and some 1” black steel pipe.

The bending was slow going as this was my first time doing anything of the sort. I fiddled with the test piece and the first side for about an hour. The second was ready in about 30 minutes. I never thought to look for the “sweet spot” on the pipe. Unfortunately it is on the underside and a bit awkward to use. I’ll have to try and move it to the top before I try and use the bender again.

I have to say this is boatloads of fun and I would recommend that anyone reading this give it a go.

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

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