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Blog series by cfrance updated 01-14-2017 12:19 PM 5 parts 3021 reads 4 comments total

Part 1: What ?!?

12-31-2016 08:09 PM by cfrance | 0 comments »

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 ...

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Part 2: Beginning

12-31-2016 11:31 PM by cfrance | 0 comments »

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 th...

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Part 3: The end of the building frenzy

01-02-2017 01:35 PM by cfrance | 1 comment »

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 t...

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Part 4: Shaping the neck

01-03-2017 03:14 PM by cfrance | 1 comment »

I had a rough start shaping the neck. After about 10 minutes I got frustrated and thought for the first time during this project “this sucks”. So I took a step back to reflect why. A few reasons came to mind. This was going to slow, sanding sucks and I’m doing a bad job. I had to remind myself that I wasn’t watching a video on YouTube of a highlight from someone else’s experience. Things take time and I had to find my peace with this idea. For the sanding suc...

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Part 5: Completed but not finished

01-14-2017 12:19 PM by cfrance | 2 comments »

I made the fretboard out of some maple I salvaged from a kitchen cabinet doors I brought home from work. Marking the frets was easy with some calipers and a chart I found on the internet, and I used a piece of plywood as a straight edge with a pull saw I have. The nut and bridge were also made from the same piece of maple. I decided to bolt the neck for added strength and ran into another mistake. Some bracing was in the way of the nut. After a bit of chisel work I had the neck bolted to the ...

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