My buddy is leaving our unit and moving to Camp Pendleton in a few months. I asked him what HE wanted (because nobody ever asks you what your preference is) and he said he wanted a guitar. I told him I couldn’t do that. I joked and said “what about a ukulele?” He jumped at the chance. I mentioned that it might not play. Who knows what the spacing and measurements are. I know you can buy kits but anyone can glue up a kit. That’s not a challenge.
So I ordered plans, some 1/8” walnut and have PLENTY of exotic scraps for this type of thing already. The plans are here. I used Corel Draw to make a vector drawing of the projects main parts (body top, bottom, fret bar with laser precision spacing and peg board). I go to the laser machine today to test the electronic drawings on 1/8” ply. If they come out well, I might just use ply and veneer the top with something really fancy.
I’ll post pics this afternoon with the cuts from the machine and the plans.
I’m most nervous about bending the wood for the sides. I have 1/32” padauk and of course I have the 1/8” ply and walnut. I also have some 1/32” birch ply. I’ll test a lot of methods before I’m done for good.
-- James - Semper Fi