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Project by wallybob posted 03-15-2013 12:49 PM 2283 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made in memory of my Mom who passed away in February and was an avid scrap quilter. I can’t quilt but I had lots of scrap wood laying around so I thought why not try and make a quilt from wood. Although not a quilt this is what I came up with. All the wood used to build this ukulele was either scraps left over from other projects I’ve done, some posted on LJ, or rejects from students at a junior college where I volunteer. It is my interpretation of a dreadnaught baritone ukulele.

As a non player I usually donate all the ukuleles I make to charity auctions or just give them away. This one I am going to keep for myself and I am even trying to learn to play a little.

I apologize for the messy shop pictures but they are the only ones I have taken so far.

Dreadnaught Baritone Ukulele – Traditional ukulele tuning GCEA with low G, 20 inch scale length

Top – Spruce – rejected guitar top found in trash

Sides – Mahogany – Broken guitar sides but large enough for a ukulele

Back – Cherry, Walnut, Pecan on Mahogany – Diamonds let over from a box made for my wife

Rosette – extra pieces left over from different size rosettes

Neck – Mahogany – started life as a guitar neck

Fret board and headstock veneer – Rosewood – to thin for a guitar fret board but perfect for a ukulele

Machine heads – Gotoh – the only non salvaged or scrap parts used

Thanks for looking and allowing me to express my feelings.


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#1 posted 03-15-2013 01:15 PM

Wow! Sorry about your Mom, my thoughts and prayers are with you man. I lost my dad last Feb(2012)
So I know it is tough.
This is just Awesome work, I really Love it!
It is very pretty and such great Craftsmanship, Truly Beautiful!
Great job on saving the wood and use of scraps.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 03-15-2013 03:19 PM

WOW that back is unbelievable! Tremendous work that I’m sure if worthy of your mom’s memory (lost my mom in ‘06.)

-- Justin M Schmidt | Somerville, Massachusetts |

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#3 posted 03-15-2013 03:20 PM

also sorry for your lose. very sharp love the back & wish my shop looked tht clean

-- greg indiana

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#4 posted 03-15-2013 03:24 PM

Great tribute to your mom’s memory. I’m sure she would have loved it. You will remember her more each time you play it. That will give you an incentive to learn to play.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#5 posted 03-15-2013 04:52 PM

Sorry for your loss, Great project… Love the tumbling block, I still have the first one of those I made. Stay strong and play for her….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 03-15-2013 07:55 PM

Your Mom would be very proud that you made this in memory of her.
Prayers to you for your loss.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#7 posted 03-15-2013 08:54 PM

That cube game works so ell on a guitar!

-- Patrice lejeune

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#8 posted 03-15-2013 11:12 PM

Thanks for the post, Great way to remember your mom.

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#9 posted 03-16-2013 03:33 AM

Beautiful tribute and work – it must sound great!

-- > It takes a long time to become a child - Picasso <

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#10 posted 03-19-2013 02:07 PM

Looks fantastic especially the back of the ukulele. Great tribute just fitting for your Mom.

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