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1300cc
11-18-2014, 11:53 PM
Just wondering how long will it take to make a solid wood ukulele? Days, weeks or more than a month?

RAB11
11-18-2014, 11:54 PM
Just wondering how long will it take to make a solid wood ukulele? Days, weeks or more than a month?

Exactly as long as your standard bit of string I'd say.

Common sense would suggest it depends on the skill of the builder, the type of wood used, any bling/embellishments, other work they've got going on, stuff like that.

Someone with a more helpful answer will be along shortly though.

Ukuleleblues
11-19-2014, 05:17 AM
They can build a house in 3 hours with no nail guns, shouldn't take that long.

Part 1 (http://youtu.be/vTQT-9dnrr4)

Part 2 (http://youtu.be/CG4IhfqxwA8)

kohanmike
11-19-2014, 05:52 AM
Are you asking as a builder, or as a customer to a luthier? The guy I use in Vietnam took about 6 weeks for my first one, 3 1/2 months for my second, and about 5 months for my third and fourth.

tattwo
11-19-2014, 07:07 AM
Around 30 to 40 hours total depending on rosette and bindings. That spreads out over weeks letting things dry and cure

1300cc
11-19-2014, 09:27 AM
Are you asking as a builder, or as a customer to a luthier? The guy I use in Vietnam took about 6 weeks for my first one, 3 1/2 months for my second, and about 5 months for my third and fourth.
Im asking a luthier, if he/she concentrate on just one uke, can it be done in 3days, and i mean a quality uke,

gyosh
11-19-2014, 09:30 AM
Im asking a luthier, if he/she concentrate on just one uke, can it be done in 3days, and i mean a quality uke,

I built one in a class that met on two consecutive weekends for about 8 hours each day. We also took it home for sanding and the finishing was done at a later time.

I probably put as many if not more hours into the finish.

DownUpDave
11-19-2014, 10:12 AM
Around 30 to 40 hours total depending on rosette and bindings. That spreads out over weeks letting things dry and cure

Here is an answer direct from a custom builder, Terry at Covered Bridge. Just in case you missed his avatar and signature.

Dan Uke
11-19-2014, 11:03 AM
Around 30 to 40 hours total depending on rosette and bindings. That spreads out over weeks letting things dry and cure

Terry, do you still do truoil? I believe other types of finish take longer.

Pete Howlett
11-19-2014, 11:36 AM
Yes - three days for a basic ukulele and minimal finish, 5 days for a high gloss instrument but would be spread over a month.

tattwo
11-19-2014, 12:07 PM
Terry, do you still do truoil? I believe other types of finish take longer.

No more tru-oil. We let the finish cure for a few weeks

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
11-20-2014, 06:32 AM
40 to 100 hours for me and I'm considered to be pretty fast. I once built one in a weekend just to see if I could do it. I finished it but wasn't very proud of it. The answer really depends on the builder's standards.