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Project by Brinth posted 11-08-2016 08:15 PM 426 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a plan of making a string instrument.
I made a try last cristmas on bending mm but newer finished the last part of it. (on my to’do list)

So in beginning of OKT i started on this new one based on what i learned from the first one.
It is made in a size of a “Tenor Ukulele” but my plan were just to make a bigger ukulele with a good tone for outdoor playing (i part of my job is as a actor/musician). It is difficoult to find a good instrument for outdoor playing…

I think it took about 50-80 hours to make this. But it were only my 2 instrument Building and the first i finished.

My musicteacher tryed it and says it plays better than his own ukulele there costed 500€. – So i think that were a good start om my new Building interrest. But i can still improve it.

It is only made with Wood types growing inside Denmark. (something i found in a 45 years old Building book)
I think that is interresting and made it extra special.

The 3 corners were not totally as planned – it is difficoult to bent Wood…. But it will be better on the next.

Ps: you are welcome to try out the drawing i made of it.

-- Brinth, Denmark - "nothing is impossible and everything goes; if you have the will (and the time) to do it"





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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#1 posted 11-08-2016 10:00 PM

Bravo !,,,,Very nice work for a second attempt Brinth.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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majuvla

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#2 posted 11-09-2016 09:11 AM

Besides chairs, I find wooden instruments making the most difficult woodworking skill. Nice instrument indeed.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Brinth

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#3 posted 11-09-2016 09:46 AM

It is also the most complex Wood Building i have made – and i am already started om a new instrument…

-- Brinth, Denmark - "nothing is impossible and everything goes; if you have the will (and the time) to do it"

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PaxJen

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#4 posted 11-09-2016 07:24 PM

Nice work. This is an inspiration.

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gepatino

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#5 posted 11-10-2016 12:55 PM

Very nice work!

Luthier apprentice here, a couple of comments for the next instrument:
- soundboards are usually made with only two pieces of wood. That prevents from loosing too much vibration on the glue joints, or at least that’s what I understood.
- You could gain some more volume placing the bridge nearest the wider part of the body. (of course you should change either the scale or the length of the fretboard)
- Try using bone or a very hard wood for the saddle and nut.

My teacher always says that a hand made instrument, using solid woods, will always sound better than a factory made (usually using some kind of plywood or lamination). Solid wood matures with time and improves the sound of the instrument as it ages. So, don’t be so surprised your’s sound better than a factory one.

-- http://about.me/gepatino

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madts

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#6 posted 11-10-2016 09:39 PM

Nice stuff Brinth.

—Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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Brinth

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#7 posted 11-10-2016 11:14 PM



Luthier apprentice here, a couple of comments for the next instrument:
- gepatino

Thankyou for coments:

- When making the soundboard i preferred the wenes of the Wood were in the right angle instead of few pieces.
One of the luthier on youtube there make 100+ building videoes told (as i understood) that glue on the soundboard would not be a problem…. It just takes more time. But i can try out the difference.
- That something i found out on the tapping process. But in that prosess (after my ukulele Building book) the freatboard is already finish and glued on.
- The saddle is actually made of the Oak. Maby a bone gives more vibrations than a fret. I thought that the harder the more vibrations it will give. But i can not use a fret if i will have a “under saddle mike”

An actor told me that the best instrument you can get for street-playing is with a body and neck made out og 1 solide piece (that actually the next version i am Building)

-- Brinth, Denmark - "nothing is impossible and everything goes; if you have the will (and the time) to do it"

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NormG

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#8 posted 11-11-2016 12:43 AM

You possess a great skill, thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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gepatino

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#9 posted 11-11-2016 02:40 PM

awesome, keep sharing

-- http://about.me/gepatino

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