Concert ukulele

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Project by John Olsen posted 01-19-2014 01:45 AM 1707 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No, I’m not completing projects fast. I’m just posting some from my backlog. :)

I was inspired by the ukulele posted here last year by Wingate_52.

I have no tools or forms for wood bending, so I used all straight edges, but without going for the cigar box look. I think I may have gone overboard on my wood selection, but I used what I had on hand. I only bought the tuning pegs, fret wire and strings.

Body: walnut
Neck: mahogany
Headstock : 1/4” thick ebony with yellow sapwood at the top and bottom, and a darker mahogany side
Fret board: purpleheart with honey locust spots
Nut: Ebony
Bridge: mahogany
Saddle: Corian counter top

The neck is attached with two bolts which screw into threaded inserts in the base of the neck. It’s a flat butt joint. The neck was shaped almost entirely with a stationary belt sander once I had the rough shape cut out.

It was several weeks beginning to end, and was the most complex project I’ve worked on so far. The tuning is pretty good, but it’s a bit quiet since I ignored all theory on tone wood, ideal front and back thickness, and all that stuff real luthiers do.

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Monty Queen

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 03:14 AM

John welcome to Lumber Jocks. Wow that Instrument looks awesome. I love that shape it is beautiful. You done a great job. One day when i get time i want to make a instrument all though i can not play. Thanks for your posting.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#2 posted 01-19-2014 11:51 AM

I like it nice use of materials on hand, been messing around with some strumsticks and cigar box type instruments myself. Wish I could play LOL

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#3 posted 01-21-2014 01:31 PM

Looks good. I too want to make a uku. I’m waiting for tuning pins, bridge, nut & fret wire. Should arrive today.

Like the fret board, mine will be oak satined with vinger and steel wool rust. Will use a door harp design. The soundbox should work,
listen to ” The House of the Rising Sun ” on ukuele

-- GaryW, Edgefield SC, Too old to start over, can't remember why...

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#4 posted 01-23-2014 03:36 PM

Great looking instrument, cool shape, attractive wood combo and finish. I’m sure it sounds great as well. Great job!


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#5 posted 06-09-2016 01:10 PM

This is a beautiful musical instrument. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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