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Project by paulg posted 01-11-2015 08:35 PM 1185 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a ukelele player I felt I would like to make my own insrument so here is the result ,it is made of walnut with a birdseye maple soundboard and a purpleheart fretboard and saddle. I have also have made jigs as I went along so that I can repeat this model,possibly for my fellow players at our local uke club.

-- paulg,North Norfolk,England.





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wb8nbs

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#1 posted 01-11-2015 10:02 PM

Very nice.
Would like to see pictures of your jigs.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#2 posted 01-12-2015 12:45 AM

Great job ! Nice selection of beautiful woods ! Hope you have many enjoyable hours playing.

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#3 posted 01-12-2015 01:51 AM

paulg > nice, how many hrs to complete? did you use a form for the bends? i like the f-holes – don’t see that with Uke’s often – also how does it sound?
cheers, dwing

-- > It takes a long time to become a child - Picasso <

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#4 posted 01-12-2015 08:33 PM

Thanks for your comments, I have now put on some pictures of the jigs ,the first one is the form for the bends, the second shows the underneath where you place the fretboard and the third the same jig up the right way where I cut for the frets with a fine dovetail saw, using the moveable fence as a guide. The last one is the shape of the neck placed on a blank which I cut out on the band saw. Deltawing,I tuned it up for the first time today and it sounded pretty good ,probably not quite as bright as an expensive bought one which I have. Sorry as I was making jigs simultaneously, I don’t know how long it took to make ,quite a long time though.
Paul

-- paulg,North Norfolk,England.

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#5 posted 01-13-2015 03:24 AM

great > thxs for the info and extra images. you must be setting things up from patterns to get the precision you will need. hard to tell the scale though … is this a concert?

-- > It takes a long time to become a child - Picasso <

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#6 posted 01-13-2015 01:55 PM

Yes it is a concert, I used my concert (a Tanglewood Java) for reference and also U-Tube vids.

-- paulg,North Norfolk,England.

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#7 posted 01-14-2015 10:01 PM

I didn’t realize ukelele don’t have holes like one in guitars. Well done. Love walnut .

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#8 posted 01-16-2015 10:22 AM

Thanks Fishinbo.

-- paulg,North Norfolk,England.

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#9 posted 01-16-2015 03:26 PM

Thanks for the jig photos.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#10 posted 08-09-2015 01:33 AM

Both of your uses are beautiful. Nice work.

-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas

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