First Ukulele build

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Project by jumbojack posted 1225 days ago 1254 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is our first Ukulele. Cigar box instruments were a big hit during the last big depression. We had no idea what we were doing. My son found a fret board calculator on the interweb to space the frets. The fret board is maple ply cut with a multi-tool (thanks Wife). The fret board markers are mailing labels cut on a hole punch, pasted on, then the fret board was painted. We then peeled the dots off revealing the wood. Several problems reared their gruesome heads, such as how to attach the neck to the body. We ended up gluing a backer to the inside of the body and running a 2” screw through the body-backer into the neck. The head was doweled to the neck. The bridge was taken from one of the wifes cutting boards (thanks again). A few coats of varnish and the boy has not put it down since.
We are in the process of making another, an electric one this time. This one will present an entire set of new encounters I am sure.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 1225 days ago

Wow! Great project, and gratifying to hear that he’s not put it down.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#2 posted 1225 days ago

One cool project jack. Great job.

-- Custom furniture

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