I've not posted a build here before, so bear with me if I get it wrong, ok?
This is the second uke that that I've constructed out of an old acoustic guitar, that used to belong to my brother. (It was awful - the neck was twisted and bowed - completely beyond redemption).
It seemed to me that the curved sides of the body could be cut down, and used to make the sides of a smaller tenor uke.
The first 4-stringer used the back of the body, but I made a new soundboard out of 1/16" modelling-grade plywood, braced internally.
The neck was formed form a mahogany blank - shaped with a scroll saw and belt sander, before finishing by hand. The neck is dowelled and glued to the body.
All the hardware came from Ebay, and the completed uke is fitted with Aquila strings.
I'm delighted with the result - the tone is more lute-like than a conventional uke, but has ample volume to make itself heard at the local uke club (Cool and Uke).
That's a supurb result. Nice work !
what glue do you use to hold it all together and how long does it take to go off ?????????
Thanks everybody for your kind comments - it's really great to receive such encouragement!
I use the yellow aliphatic wood glue throughout. It grabs in a few minutes, but takes several hours to reach full strength. I deliberately use a fairly slow glue as it makes me adopt a leisurely pace (with plenty of time to plan my next move; a bit like forcing yourself to use a tripod when taking pictures....)
It is a good build, they both look like beauties,and must sound good when played.
Would love to hear how they all sound!
oh my those are sweet looking and i bet they sound sweet to