How To Build a Ukulele in 10 LessonsComments (0)
Each kit includes:
- Solid mahogany top
- Laminated mahogany back
- Laminated mahogany sides
- Fully shaped mahogany neck with two dowel pins for neck joint
- Walnut fretboard, slotted and inlaid with position markers
- Tuners with mounting hardware
- Shaped string nut
- Carved, drilled walnut bridge
- Shaped saddle
- Plastic dowel for making side dots
- Rubber binding bands
- Spruce braces, quartersawn and carved for top and back
- Two spruce soundhole braces
- Bridge plate
- Full-sized bracing plan
- Instruction book
Legendary repairman, builder and author, Dan Erlewine takes us through a ten lesson step-by-step process with video instruction.
Lesson 3: ASSEMBLING THE BODY
Building a mold to hold your ukulele during construction. Gluing the sides, neck & tail block. Installing the linings.
Lesson 4: PREPARING THE NECK
Preparing the neck. Installing the side dots. Installing & gluing in the frets. Gluing on the fingerboard
Final shaping the neck. Leveling the frets. Rounding the fret tops. Fine tuning the fret ends.
Lesson 6: SANDING THE BODY & NECK
Lesson 7: STAINING THE BODY & NECKMixing custom stains. Preparing end grain for staining. Why you should stain the neck and body separately.
Lesson 8: ATTACHING THE NECKGetting the fit of the neck just right. Gluing on the neck (while keeping it straight). Gluing and clamping the fingerboard extension.
Lesson 9: APPLYING THE FINISHFinal prepping the wood for finishing. Scuff sanding. Finishing with a rag and brush. Applying the final coat.
Lesson 10: ASSEMBLY & SETUPGluing on the bridge. Installing the tuners. Fitting the nut & Saddle. Fine tuning the action and playability. Oiling the fingerboard and bridge.
You’re all done and ready to play! Post your finished Uke's on our social media pages, and perhaps a little video on the tunes you might play! We'd love to see and hear your results!
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