Plain and Simple all Urban or Recycled wood Tenor Ukuleles

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Project by wallybob posted 10-12-2013 01:12 PM 2157 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently saw an add in our local paper about an upcoming charity golf tournament and auction to support the SDPD SWAT team. As a retired member of the department and having spent over seven years as a SWAT supervisor I saw this a great way to give back to an organization I was proud to be a member of for 30 years.

All materials used in both builds are either local urban woods or materials left over from other projects.

Hopefully there will be some big spenders at the auction.


Spalted Sycamore Tenor

Back and sides – Spalted Sycamore

Soundboard – Sitka Spruce

Neck – Spalted Sycamore

Fret Board, Headstock Veneer , and Bridge – Curly Claro Walnut

Nut and Saddle – Recycled Bone

Machine Heads – Gotoh Minis

Engraved SDPD SWAT logo on headstock with SDPD Badge as fret markers on 12th fret

Torrey Pine Tenor

Back and sides – Torrey Pine

Soundboard – Sitka Spruce

Neck – Torrey Pine

Fret Board, Headstock Veneer , and Bridge – Curly Maple

Nut and Saddle – Recycled Bone

Machine Heads – Gotoh Minis

Engraved SDPD SWAT logo on headstock with SDPD Badge as fret markers on 12th fret

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#1 posted 10-12-2013 02:28 PM

Nice work. I hope it sells big.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 10-12-2013 02:47 PM

They look great! I’ve been wanting to make a ukulele myself. Where did you learn how to make them?

Good luck on the auction. Check back in and let us know what they went for.

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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#3 posted 10-12-2013 03:08 PM


I am a volunteer teaching assistant at Palomar College in San Marcos CA where we have a great string instrument and woodworking program. In the string instrument program we have building classes for ukulele, electric guitar, steel string and classical guitar, arch top guitar, and a setup and repair class.

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#4 posted 10-12-2013 06:49 PM

Very impressive work, I hope it brings a handsome price.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 10-12-2013 11:25 PM

Very nice, wish I started woodworking when I was young I think I would love to have been a did a wonderful job.

-- Billp

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#6 posted 10-13-2013 08:37 AM

Wow, where did the Torrey Pine come from? Had no idea people could get their hands on some.
Great looking ukes.

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#7 posted 10-16-2013 01:37 PM

Great work on that fantastic instrument. Looks very well crafted. I’m sure it will do great in the auction.

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#8 posted 12-18-2014 08:54 AM

Nice job Wally.

Looking forward to taking another of Ken’s uke classes. Hope your still the T/A.

Steve ( the retired motor from Anaheim.)

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