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Sep 24th, 2009 at 5:02pm
 
I wasn't sure where to place this, here or in the gallery

This is basically a lidded bowl with a stick and 4 strings attached. 

It's quite playable and sounds great. I'm amazed at the volume for such a small instrument.

Concert ukulele scale: 15"
Total Length" 21"
Body: 7.5"
Weight: 11oz

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Reply #1 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 5:56pm
 
Really cool Ron, how long did it take you to make it and it does sound good. I like it alot and if you got some plan's, I'd like to see them, I know nothing about making one of these, but I'd like to try... Well Done!!! I think it needs to go in the gallery as well. You did turn the bowl didn't you.
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Reply #2 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 6:39pm
 
Did you watch Arther Godfrey too  Smiley
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Reply #3 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 8:26pm
 
What kinda wood did you use?
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Reply #4 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 8:27pm
 
Thanks Guys

Ken, I was Thinkin' Don Ho's "Tiny Bubbles"  Smiley

Mike, I don't have plans. I kind of made it up as I went along. It took me about 2 months to build but most of that time was spent figuring things out.  Surprisingly the neck and fret board was the easiest part. The hardest part was figuring out how to attach the neck to the body.

As you can see I turned the bowl on multiple axises.

I plan on building a second one, this time I'll take pictures as I go. If you want to start one I'd be happy to help out.

Darren, the body and neck is sycamore. The top is englemann spruce. The fret board, nut, bridge and trim are all ebony.
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Reply #5 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 9:36pm
 
Great work Ron, could you make a video of the sound it makes???? Mike can listen to it now.......... Wink  smiley=lolk.gif
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Reply #6 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 9:44pm
 
I do, I do.  Looks like a really fun project.  Connie asked if I was going to start building Ukes now.  No, but I can think of a few folks, including myself, who would love to have one.

First 2 questions:
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Reply #7 - Sep 24th, 2009 at 11:27pm
 
Depends, on how big you want your uke to be. Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Cool Cool

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Reply #8 - Sep 25th, 2009 at 5:44am
 
Ron,
Looks fantastic. did you use a single dovetail to attach the neck to the body?  cutting the frets must have been irritating. I saw a episode from the show "How do they do that" they were making guitars & banjos. They used a single large dovetail to hold the neck & they said the hardest is to cut all 22 of the frets each exactly alike.
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Reply #9 - Sep 25th, 2009 at 8:18am
 
It's Alive! Cool looks great. I think it might be nice with a banjo type floating bridge and strings attached to the body giving you more free soundboard? Did you see the mandolin in Turned For Use II?
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Reply #10 - Sep 25th, 2009 at 9:49am
 
Thanks for the kind words everyone. This was real fun to build.

Rev. Doug Miller wrote on Sep 24th, 2009 at 9:44pm:
First 2 questions:
Is my 1624 large enough?
What size blank do I need to start out with?

The blank I started with was around 9"

Chuck Beland wrote on Sep 25th, 2009 at 5:44am:
Ron,
Looks fantastic. did you use a single dovetail to attach the neck to the body?cutting the frets must have been irritating. I saw a episode from the show "How do they do that" they were making guitars & banjos. They used a single large dovetail to hold the neck & they said the hardest is to cut all 22 of the frets each exactly alike. 

Believe it or not, many pro uke builders just use a butt joint. I couldn't bring myself to do that. Instead of a dovetail I used a spline. If you notice on the back you see a triangular piece of ebony, (guitar makers might call that a heel cap) which hides the spline.

Cutting the frets was easier than it looks
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Nick-Hoffman wrote on Sep 25th, 2009 at 8:18am:
I think it might be nice with a banjo type floating bridge and strings attached to the body giving you more free soundboard

I considered doing just that. If you look closely at the tail of the uke you will see a protrusion for the tailpiece.  The main reason I didn't is I have a habit of resting the base of my palm just below the bridge. With a tailpiece I'd be knocking it in and out of tune every time I lifted or rested my hand.

Thanks for the link showing the Mandolin. I showed this to a friend last weekend and he told me it looked just like the German Sitar his mother played when he was a child, only smaller. I went over his place and he showed me the instrument and he was right. The back and sides where separate but both where turned.
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Reply #11 - Sep 25th, 2009 at 10:15am
 
I tenoned mine, a but joint is not a good idea if you expect the instrument to last, you want a mechanical joint in wood working.
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Reply #12 - Sep 25th, 2009 at 12:49pm
 
Yes, tenons are the best.
Splines are simpler.
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Reply #13 - Sep 28th, 2009 at 7:32pm
 
I missed seeing this earlier, Ron. That came out looking really nice, and it sounds great, too.  smiley=thumbsup.gif
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