Ukulele made from Veneer

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Project by AEdad posted 04-21-2013 01:24 AM 1484 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me start by saying I have never built a musical instrument before and I probably had no business even attempting this but like all projects it is fun to face new challenges. A friend had given me a huge role of walnut veneer and I wanted to try something adventerous. Hence, the ukulele. I had no idea where to start, so I did what most people do. I went to YOUTUBE and watched hours of video on how to make a ukulele. With the research in the bag, I used a friends ukulele to get all the measurements (I’m too cheap to buy plans) and off I went.

I began by creating a sort of plywood out of three layers of the veneer. The top, bottom and sides of the body were all made using that walnut “veneer plywood.” The neck, inner bracing and kerfing are made from mahogany. The fret board is rosewood. I used a free fretting software found online to get the frets in the right spot. The saddle is made from walnut.

I’m quite proud of this project because everything (except for the tuners and fret wire) was made by hand from raw materials.

Oh yeah, it sounds really good too.

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#1 posted 04-21-2013 01:32 AM

nice job!

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#2 posted 04-22-2013 06:42 PM

Well done! I made on awhile back and used copper wire for the frets. It works and looks cool but they aren’t as nice as fretwire.

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#3 posted 04-22-2013 06:48 PM

cooool project

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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