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Maple and Koa Ukulele

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Project by Fchilly posted 12-15-2018 09:19 PM 810 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here she is, My first attempt at a stringed instrument. For a little more explanation please see my 3 blog entries associated with the construction process.

It sounds very good, resonates well, intonation is correct, and was finished in time for our trip to Kauai!

I chose to build a Tenor size Ukulele. Plans, fret wire, strings, saddle/bone nut, and tuning pegs were purchased online. Everything else was built in my garage with wood I sourced locally, no store bought wood except for some oak I had left over from another project.

This project seems difficult, I would suggest trying it before writing it off. This is a manageable project I think for anyone with patience. This took me a year. Total hands on time was about 15-25 hours (estimate only) finding time to work on this was my biggest challenge.

Wood Type:

Front: Maple
Sides: Maple
Neck: Maple
Back: Hawaiian Koa
Fret board: Hawaiian Koa
Bridge: Hawaiian Koa
Brace: Hawaiian Koa, Black Walnut & Oak
Binding Front: Hawaiian Koa
Binding Back: Hawaiian Koa (sap wood)

-- Fchilly





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Jerry

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#1 posted 12-16-2018 12:41 AM

Well, it’s just absolutely stunning! I am really impressed with this. You know what would really round out your project post, though? Record a short video of somebody playing it with as good an audio recording device you can find around your house and post the video on YouTube. Then put a link to that video here in your project post so we can all hear how it sounds.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Fchilly

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#2 posted 12-16-2018 01:46 AM

Thanks Jerry! That’s a great idea, I’ll see if I can find someone who will play for a video

-- Fchilly

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BroncoBrian

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#3 posted 12-16-2018 10:00 PM

Awesome! I was finishing up my project this afternoon and dreaming about heading to Kaui soon to sit with a ukulele and watch the surf for a week. Well done, brings me back to the islands.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#4 posted 12-16-2018 11:54 PM

That is beautiful – what a wonderful project!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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TWegs

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#5 posted 12-17-2018 05:04 PM

This is incredibly beautiful. The maple really pops and I love the contrast with the oak and black walnut. But the koa really makes this an instrument for the islands. Love the back. I can’t believe this took less than 30 hours shop time. Really nice job on this. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 12-17-2018 05:27 PM

15 -25 hours, this is from the realm of fiction …....

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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Fchilly

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#7 posted 12-17-2018 05:51 PM

Yeah the shop time is speculative. The best guess is 15-25 but i’ve been wrong before. The neck took the most time for a single step and that was complete in less than an hour. For uke number 2 i’ll take more accurate times

-- Fchilly

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