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First Ukulele

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Project by johnstoneb posted 03-11-2018 03:41 AM 771 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I told my grandson I would make him a ukulele as the guitar he was trying to learn was awfully big for him and somehow had a broken neck. I glued the neck up for him. Now I have to make 3 because the other grandkids need one also. This was a real learning experience. The back is made from eastern red cedar that needed to be1.5 to 2 mm thick 5/64”. I started with 6 blanks ended up with 3 useable, cedar that thin splits very easily. I am inlaying there names in the back. I had never done that before. I had to do some practice on that actually got my scroll saw skills to where I can almost follow a line. It took 30 of the 49 spool clamps I built to glue the front and back on. I spent more time waiting on glue to dry on this project than any other on I have made.

The ukulele has a spruce top, eastern red cedar back, fiddleback maple sides, walnut and maple neck, with a padauk fretboard and saddle. This one goes to my granddaughter her birthday is in just a couple of days. I think they will like these. The instrument is small enough they can hold it easily and the sound is funky enough that kids like it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID





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DeLayne Peck

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#1 posted 03-11-2018 06:49 AM

Beautiful work. Great start on the family string band!

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

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Dutchy

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#2 posted 03-11-2018 08:05 AM

After all your instrument experians you can set up a musical instruments factory.

Again a contribution from you from a great project. Nice to see the pictures and read the story. Your granddaughter will be very happy with it and you will be happy giving it to her.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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crowie

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#3 posted 03-11-2018 11:01 AM

Nice done sir, but way out of my league, both making and especially playing!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Andrek

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#4 posted 03-11-2018 11:57 AM

Well done, a nice project and a nice gift.

-- andrek

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stefang

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#5 posted 03-11-2018 02:08 PM

Wonderfully done Bruce. I can see that you did your homework on this. It would seem a great way to sharpen skills for building a guitar.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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luv2learn

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#6 posted 03-11-2018 02:30 PM

Nicely done Bruce the grandkids will have hours of enjoyment with the instruments you built for them.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 03-11-2018 09:07 PM

This ukulele is a real beauty. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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DaleMaley

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#8 posted 03-11-2018 10:45 PM

Nice job!

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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