A Ukulele Case

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Project by Aaron McCain posted 01-05-2018 05:05 PM 783 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have finally finished the ukulele case for my daughter. It is constructed using thin strips of poplar that were soaked in water and then bent around a form that I had made. The lid and the base are thin plywood. At the encouragement of my uncle (a musician), I added a storage box between the struts used to support the neck.

My daughter chose the powder blue color of the Tolex and we lined the box with upholstery foam wrapped in velour. Both the tolex and velour were attached using spray adhesive.

Unfortunately the case is heavy (6.8lbs or 3kg) but it is bomb proof and it looks good. It should serve my daughter well as she has just entered the university and will be likely moving frequently over the next few years.

Here is what I learned:
1) Bending wood is kind of fun
2) working with curves is kind of tricky
3) I would rather spray a finish onto a piece than try to smoothly wrap one with thin pliable material. Especially if the piece has curves.
4) My wife and her sewing machine are quite helpful for putting finished edges on thin pliable material
5) foam ins’t that bad to work with until you try to cover it with a piece of fabric
6) black velour fabric covers a lot of mistakes.

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#1 posted 01-05-2018 07:56 PM

Beautiful, complex work. Your daughter will always treasure the case.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#2 posted 01-06-2018 01:37 PM


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#3 posted 01-06-2018 01:45 PM

Intricate work AMcC... To think I have trouble just spelling Ukalayli...

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 01-06-2018 03:09 PM

You did a wonderful job on this ukulele case. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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