Summer Uke Build #12: The body is complete (except maybe binding)

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Blog entry by onoitsmatt posted 01-01-2017 06:26 PM 756 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Glue the back / go-bar deck Part 12 of Summer Uke Build series Part 13: Neck Scarf Joint »

I pulled the go-bars off this morning. Using a chisel, I trimmed the excess wood from the back to be flush with the sides. It turned out pretty well. There’s a nice radius to the back and the seam appears to be snug and tight.

I think there’s going to be a bit of a hiatus on this build, as the next step will be the neck and I don’t have a fingerboard figured out yet. I’m thinking of some local mesquite but still have to find it and get it ready. I have a doug fir neck blank cut but am considering maple instead (which I also don’t have on hand). So hopefully will get that figured out in the next few weeks. I may start on the guitars now, getting top and back plates thicknessed and joined and maybe get sides thicknessed and bent.

For now, here’s a couple of photos of the uke body with top and back attached. I may try to find some kind of binding to put around the top and back as well prior to going to work on the neck.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#1 posted 01-01-2017 11:43 PM

Nice work, always a nice feeling after closing the box.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#2 posted 01-02-2017 03:50 PM

Thanks again, Texcaster! It really is a good feeling to get the box closed up. Though I have been dreading cutting the neck joint since the beginning. But given the complexity of everything else in this build so far, I am much more confident now than when I started.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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