Ukulele or a Soprano Boat Paddle

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Project by Rick_M posted 07-16-2012 08:58 AM 1492 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a ukulele so I made one! It sounds better than I expected considering the very small body.

Poplar neck, sides and kerfing inside the body.
Walnut fretboard, bridge, nut and inlay in the headstock.
Southern yellow pine top and back.
Copper wire frets.
The apron is a piece of aluminum bar stock that just happened to fit perfectly. Not shown but there are copper wire fret markers on the side of the neck. The dowels I used for fret markers did not turn out quite as nice as I hoped; next time I will just leave them out.


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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 09:42 AM

That looks neat

Have you a sound clip?

I’m midway through (could take a while :)

making Gordon my Right Hand Man a

Dulcimer. Curious about the soundboard.

I was thinking Spruce but this looks better


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#2 posted 07-16-2012 12:45 PM

Very cool I like the design.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 05:58 AM

Spruce would probably be a better soundboard but I had some old SYP and wanted to try it. The top is about 1/8”, the back about 1/4”. I’m developing my luthier skills and this was basically practice. I like to experiment. If the uke turns out to be a hit with the family I might make one of those Grizzly kits.

Here is a quick sound file, apologies for the poor quality, my mic is packed away and all I had is my droid phone. I can’t play yet so this is just me strumming.


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#4 posted 07-17-2012 07:04 AM

Is there no end to your musical side of wood working?

The only musical instrument I ever made was a noisemaker!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 05-09-2013 12:20 PM

That cool… is electronic, too! Now you have to take your amp to the H islands to play it!!..............................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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