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    Quote Originally Posted by Brudd View Post
    Ok, This is where I am so far.
    Sides, back and bridge will be plum.
    Headstock and neck - Black Walnut
    Fretboard - Rosewood
    Saddle,Nut & knobs - Corian
    What I can't figure out is the soundboard . . . . . Suggestions?
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    Whatever? Does it really matter? How about an all plum uke? Otherwise just buy some cheap sitka spruce. Will sound great regardless. It is your first after all. Now just start putting it all together. You got bigger things to think about other than what species of wood you are using. Don't over think this part too much. Good luck! Send pictures!

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    You can get ukulele sized instrument grade tops in either cedar or spruce from tonewood suppliers for approx. $25.00 or less. If it was me I would spend some money on the most important part of the instrument, if you want it to sound good. Just my 2 cents.
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    You can get ukulele sized instrument grade tops in either cedar or spruce from tonewood suppliers for approx. $25.00 or less. If it was me I would spend some money on the most important part of the instrument, if you want it to sound good. Just my 2 cents.
    Wise words. I've gotten great sounding spruce tops for as little as $15 dollars and then there is the really expensive stuff for $45 dollars. Cheap at any price considering the expense and time and effort you are going to be putting in building the rest of the instrument.

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    Two suggestions. order a pre slotted Uke fretboard and don't overthink your first instrument as far as the soundboard. 99% of all new builders over build and make everything too thick. it takes a while to lose this bad habit. Unless your going to be getting micro management from an experienced luthier more then likely a first instrument is a somewhat of a wall hanger.

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    Go for a plum top. It will be unusual, and if it's like cherry will sound great if you dare to make it thin enough. Take it down to around 1.8mm and then see how it flexes. Unless it flexes along the grain with light finger pressure by about 10% of its length I'd say it's too thick. You could end up at 1.5mm and still not be going too light!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dofthesea View Post
    Two suggestions. order a pre slotted Uke fretboard and don't overthink your first instrument as far as the soundboard. 99% of all new builders over build and make everything too thick. it takes a while to lose this bad habit. Unless your going to be getting micro management from an experienced luthier more then likely a first instrument is a somewhat of a wall hanger.
    Quote Originally Posted by Brudd View Post
    Hi,
    I have been woodworking for 20+ years and have decided to make my daughter a Ukulele.
    No need to make a wall hanger unless you want one. The first guitar I built looks to be home built (not bad though) but still sounds good. I attribute it in part because I once built RC airplanes and light building is also employed in a successful airplane. Also I have seen a number of first guitars built that rival seasoned builders.

    How about some pictures of the plumb? I would suggest going with a spruce top though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sequoia View Post
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    Whatever? Does it really matter? How about an all plum uke? Otherwise just buy some cheap sitka spruce. Will sound great regardless. It is your first after all. Now just start putting it all together. You got bigger things to think about other than what species of wood you are using. Don't over think this part too much. Good luck! Send pictures!
    Been down with the flu . . . I'll post pics of the "lumber" I have tomorrow, Probably start ripping it down too.
    Plum & walnut sill in log form, been drying for 4 years in the shop, should be ready by now.
    I never thought about "all plum", any idea what the sound might be like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brudd View Post
    I never thought about "all plum", any idea what the sound might be like?
    Sweet with a slight prune like top end?

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