Soprano Ukulele - Solid Koa

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Project by franco88 posted 08-07-2012 10:34 PM 1716 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have read several books on guitar making over the years and when I saw the “Make Your Own Ukulele” book by Bill Plant ( an Aussie) I recalled that I had some Koa out in the shed for many years and had done nothing with it…
So, voila! There is the result. The neck is Cherry, the fret board is Cocobolo, the front back and sides are Koa, the purfling is American Walnut, the interior blocks are Poplar, the bindings and braces are white Pine.
A very fun project that will probably take me in a new direction.

-- frank

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#1 posted 08-07-2012 11:27 PM

Very nice … I’ve been thinking about learning how to play one of these things. They really look like fun to play and take along places just in case a party breaks out.

-- Don

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#2 posted 08-07-2012 11:56 PM

Really nice work!

The KOA grain is beautiful. I really like the heel and its crisp line. Wonderful piece of craftsmanship.

-- Nicky

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#3 posted 08-08-2012 12:15 AM

This is terrific. Hell of a nice job on it, enjoy!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#4 posted 08-08-2012 03:09 AM

Beautiful ukulele !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 08-08-2012 03:20 AM

Excellent looking. Do you have pictures to share of the process? I’d be interested in any jigs you made and used. Also any problems that came unexpected and how you dealt with them.

I’m working torward making one of my own and anything you’d like to share would be most helpful.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#6 posted 08-08-2012 08:30 AM

Very cool great looing project!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 08-08-2012 11:11 AM

Beautiful project, I’m impressed!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 01-19-2018 09:45 PM

Hello Guys! I would like to thank every one who commented on the Uke. I don’t keep up with this site and so it has been awhile since I last visited. Sorry to be so slow to respond. I don’t have photos of any jigs used to make the uke but the ones I did use were simple and consisted of an MDF block with the uke shape cut out so that once the sides were bent the form served as a way to hold the shape until it dried out enough to retain the bends.
I recommend trying to make one. Especially if you have played one as a kid. It’s a fun project.

-- frank

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