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little timber
09-26-2014, 07:05 AM
I've been making ukuleles out of my basement for the last year or so, before that I had made a few electric guitars, but ukuleles are my first stab at acoustic building. your input is very much welcome. I have made a few tenors, a baritone, and a concert. here are a few of them...
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little timber
09-26-2014, 08:09 AM
by the way, how does one get the pictures to show up in the body of the post instead of just as links? thanks all!

greenscoe
09-26-2014, 08:33 AM
They look impressive to me. As well as seeing the finished product, lots of folks like to see/hear how you have made them, materials used, jigs/tools you've employed etc. I think it encourages others to have a go.

They look well finished: have you used Tru oil or sprayed with nitro cellulose?

little timber
09-26-2014, 09:03 AM
the last picture- the redwood and walnut baritone was done with lacquer, the rest are truoil... I love truoil and doubt that I would willingly go back to lacquer unless by special request. i'd be up for posting a build in progress, if I could figure out how to get the pictures to show up as pictures and not just links that would make it easier for me, and probably easier for anyone reading this to follow. any advice on that?

little timber
09-26-2014, 09:06 AM
nevermind, just found the thread explaining!

little timber
09-26-2014, 09:16 AM
yay! now just to figure out how to do it with flickr pictures


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HG2NRfSyTxI/U9lYh6FQ4CI/AAAAAAAAArw/G9ojoSb--dI/s1600/LT005web5.jpg

little timber
09-26-2014, 09:21 AM
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5554/15168551761_bb3a337960_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/p7oMYv)Concert ukulele build (https://flic.kr/p/p7oMYv) by joshbotch (https://www.flickr.com/people/26898984@N08/), on Flickr

yay! got it!

ericchico
09-26-2014, 09:37 AM
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5554/15168551761_bb3a337960_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/p7oMYv)Concert ukulele build (https://flic.kr/p/p7oMYv) by joshbotch (https://www.flickr.com/people/26898984@N08/), on Flickr

yay! got it!

Nice Ukes there and thanks for sharing your build link. I love seeing the shop they are made in.

VampireWeekday
09-26-2014, 12:11 PM
These are really beautiful. The binding in particular is gorgeous. Is there a particular rationale behind the bridge design? It's larger than I'm used to seeing.

PhilUSAFRet
09-26-2014, 12:52 PM
Nice ukes. I enjoyed the pictures. I really like the cutaway with the slotted headstock. I like the other cutaway but am not a huge fan of short headstocks.

Great work, thanks for sharing.

Uncle Leroy
09-26-2014, 02:03 PM
Very nice ukes

BlackBearUkes
09-26-2014, 02:37 PM
The only thing that I would change if I were you is to reduce the bridge size. They seem too wide and a bit too long IMO. Keep building, you're doing nice work.

vanflynn
09-26-2014, 02:58 PM
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5554/15168551761_bb3a337960_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/p7oMYv)Concert ukulele build (https://flic.kr/p/p7oMYv) by joshbotch (https://www.flickr.com/people/26898984@N08/), on Flickr

yay! got it!

Thanks for the pics. What wood is on the headstock?

little timber
09-26-2014, 04:05 PM
These are really beautiful. The binding in particular is gorgeous. Is there a particular rationale behind the bridge design? It's larger than I'm used to seeing.

Its more that I'm afraid to make them too small...and they usually end up on the large side

ksquine
09-27-2014, 01:56 PM
Its more that I'm afraid to make them too small...and they usually end up on the large side

Large side is an understatement. I've heard of caution but...Yikes. They look very nice to me. Most will say the big bridge will hurt your tone, but if you like how they sound then go for it

little timber
09-27-2014, 05:23 PM
Thanks for the pics. What wood is on the headstock?

It is spalted maple, I used it as the back and sides as well

little timber
09-27-2014, 05:35 PM
Thanks for all the comments, seems like bridge design is a good place to start tweeking my designs... I have a new tenor in the works and I will think of this thread while working on its bridge. I'll post pictures. Appreciate the input.

Nickie
09-28-2014, 06:43 AM
Very pretty ukes! Keep it up! Maybe if the bridges were made of the same wood as the tops, they would seem less blatant....