ukulele-a-thon #3: The end of the building frenzy

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Blog entry by cfrance posted 01-02-2017 01:35 PM 703 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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So the weekend is over and so is my ukulele-a-thon. Sadly I wasn’t able to complete the project. But with somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 hours spent in my shop I can say without a doubt that was a great way to end 2016 and bring in the new year. So exactly how far along did I make it?

After trimming the top and bottom flush then adding the hole for the neck bolt the body will be finished after a final sanding. The neck is a different story.

It is roughly shaped from the bandsaw with a nearly completed headstock. I really dropped the ball with the neck. I spent nearly all of my time before I started preparing for the body of the uke, when it came time for the neck I was nearly dumbfounded. I knew roughly what I wanted to do but the dimensions took quite a while to figure out. In retrospect, I should have made the neck out of one solid piece. The neck came from a chunk of 4×4 fur I had left over from building my chicken coop a few years ago. But for some reason I thought adding a scarf joint would make things easier. Maybe it did, maybe it didn’t. With nothing to compare this to I can’t say.

Here are a few other pictures from the weekend.

When I decided to make the sides out of fur I wanted the back to match but I needed two 4 inch pieces to glue together for the full body width. After some time and a bit of thinking, I cut them out of a chunk of 4×4 diagonally. Bit of a hassle but I got what I wanted in the end.

Here is the inside of the top and bottom and how I braced it. I’m sure I didn’t do it right but as long as it doesn’t explode when someone is playing it I’ll be happy. I take that back, it can explode, as long as I have a video when it happens.

Here is the inside of the body with the kerfing on one side. I hope those lopsided neck and tail block don’t come back to haunt me.

I hope to complete it maybe sometime around the middle of the week. I have no doubt I will complete it by the end of the week as it was so much fun I truely want to finish it. It will also be awsome to say that I built my first musical instrument as well as to learn to play the ukulele.

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

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#1 posted 01-02-2017 03:24 PM

Great way to spend a weekend. Think that you got realy far and could easily see that coming out looking grat.
Looking forward to se the end result!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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