|Project by pashley||posted 03-10-2014 06:37 PM||720 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
I took up the ukelele a few months ago, and really haven’t had a good place to put it until now. I wanted to make a stand for it, but kept racking my brain to come up with something that would match the gracious lines of the uke (or guitar, cello, etc). I was coming up dry….really dry.
So I went to the greatest designer of all – God – and his nature, and took this inspiration from a swan neck…
For just being a prototype, this came out really well. I simply put the uke down on a piece of 1/4 plywood (because I knew I’d need a routing template) and shaped some string into a serpentine form. Once I got the shape I liked, I hand drew in the shape, bandsawed it, and shaped it with a spindle sander and finally by hand.
The boomerang, two-tier shape has a bit of a story. After cutting out that shape and putting the vertical upright ontop of it, I found out that, ugh, it wasn’t tall enough, because I suck really bad at guesstimating. Rather than chuck it, I used the cut out from the inside of that boomerang shape to make a second boomerang to apply atop the the larger, and it worked! It’s still not quite as tall as I’d like it, but it’s very workable – for a prototype.
The holding pegs on top was another issue, as you can see, the head of the guitar is asymmetrical, so I had to figure out something to keep the uke held straight, and you can see what I came up with.
I think was one of those projects where making a problem into an opportunity really paid off!
I’m going to make another one, modified a bit, but still, I think I nailed the basic shapes in the prototype….
All walnut. The pegs are oak, and covered with faux leather….but will use real leather next time, for grip and protection for the uke….spray on shellac finish.
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