Hi Im looking for suitable wood for necks about 40mm wide...StrummA are 35..OK for 3 string...but I want to make 4 string...Tenor ukulele size and slightly larger...anyone know where in Uk?...also fretboard wood...these would be for making through necks
I made a 4 string with wood from Astons (StrummA). Turned out fine:
I made the strings (I think) 8mm apart at the nut, and 11mm apart at the bridge. When you're playing a flat fretboard, the less width you can get away with the better really, unless you have massive hands!
I did buy fretboards from Astons as well at first. They are very good and precisely machined. Also very expensive! Try Chickenbone John's shop. I bought a half dozen from him and they were excellent, and much cheaper.
Best of luck!
Nice Looker there Rick...Ill check out CBJ...I just feel I need something slightly wider..I have an Astons neck on my 3 stringer...Im also looking for thicker topped boxes too...octagonal jewellery boxes etc
Its in the ether!!!!
I use these guys , I bought 4 oak slats 40mm X 20mm X 1200mm and 2 Saple slats 7mm x 40mm x 1200mm all for £23 plus postage , ring them direct and tell them what you want and they'll cut to your sizes .
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Many thanks all...this is really helpful
our local building merchant (boys and boden) do 2 x 1 prepared oak 4.5 mts for less than a tenner..
I use square section stair spindles. they are 41mm square by 900mm long. B&Q and Wickes stock them. Available in Hemlock or Oak for about £8.99. Each one makes 2 necks when sawn in half lengthways. For fretboards I use Mahogany stripwood from Homebase. It's 46mm x 4mm and comes in 2400mm lengths for £8.99. Even if the neck is not fretted the mahogany stripwood adds just enough thickness to the neck to make it comfortable and pleasing to the eye.