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ukulele-a-thon #5: Completed but not finished

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Blog entry by cfrance posted 01-14-2017 12:19 PM 414 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made the fretboard out of some maple I salvaged from a kitchen cabinet doors I brought home from work. Marking the frets was easy with some calipers and a chart I found on the internet, and I used a piece of plywood as a straight edge with a pull saw I have. The nut and bridge were also made from the same piece of maple. I decided to bolt the neck for added strength and ran into another mistake. Some bracing was in the way of the nut. After a bit of chisel work I had the neck bolted to the body and I can now say that I have “scalloped ” braces haha. I picked up some premixed shellac as a finish but both of my kids asked if they could paint it. At first I was appalled by the idea but quickly warmed up to it. But now I am debating not using any finish at all so every mistake is in plain sight both as a reminder to do better in the future and with the help of this blog, show how not to build a ukulele.

-- Life is 20% of what you make it and 80% of how you take it.



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Planeman40

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#1 posted 01-14-2017 05:51 PM

Nice work. Its always fun to take a minimal approach sometimes and see what you can do with scraps, culls, and odds and ends. Ukes are generally fun instruments and not concert instruments and this is an excellent example of this description.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 01-15-2017 06:49 PM

This ukulele is really looking good and you are doing a fine job on it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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