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


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Hi Rob,

I made a 4 string with wood from Astons (StrummA). Turned out fine:

#10 - rebuilt

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

Cool. John does necks as well so just ask him. I'm sure he can get you what you need!

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 .


 Don't forget to mention this site .

Got this wenge from the same source and have some oak and sapele on its way.

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.

Jewson does 2 x 1 (1 3/4 x 3/4 ) Sapele and Oak in 3 metre lengths or they will cut a poece to order



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