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Nickie
12-02-2014, 04:33 PM
Today I saw my first ever ukulele built of oak wood. The back was white oak, the sides were red oak. the top was of spruce. I called it an "oakulele". I think the neck was maple. It sounded great. To tell the truth, I think I might be psychic....I've been wondering for several weeks why I never heard of a uke made of oak before. Then there it was.
Beautiful.
Has anyone else ever built an uke from oak?

mikelz777
12-02-2014, 04:45 PM
I saw a guy play one once. He played acorn-y song on it! :D

coolkayaker1
12-02-2014, 05:21 PM
I'd wager the Amish would build a uke out of oak. It might play like a kitchen cabinet door, Nickie, but they'd probably throw in a heart-shaped cutout in the headstock at no additional charge. ;)

Larry D.
12-02-2014, 06:05 PM
I saw a guy play one once. He played acorn-y song on it! :D

:rofl:
Thanks for the laugh...

ProfChris
12-02-2014, 09:08 PM
I made this one from a bar counter.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3918/15214548422_37792787c3.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3842/15028151359_3166a5de94.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3853/15059300987_375ed5f0eb.jpg

Very similar in weight to its mahogany sibling, and sounds very nice, as well as being as loud as mostany soprano.

Teek
12-02-2014, 09:34 PM
I WANT that!! Lol

coolkayaker1
12-02-2014, 10:27 PM
I WANT that!! Lol. If made of teek, would need no finish and would weather nicely.

PhilUSAFRet
12-03-2014, 12:37 AM
That is an extremely good looking little instrument Prof

greenscoe
12-03-2014, 02:27 AM
I have a set of quarter sawn oak with attractive medullary rays which I intend to team up with either spruce or cedar to make either a tenor uke or small bodied guitar in the near future. There's prejudice against non standard woods but, if like me, you are a hobby maker and its not for sale, then there's only one person I have to please. I'm confident I'll be as happy with this instrument as I have been with my other instruments (sapele, mahogany, tulipwood, walnut, maple, rosewood and my current build in cherry).

When the day eventually arrives, I'll post some photos on the forum.

ProfChris
12-03-2014, 04:25 AM
Oak has been used quite a few times for guitar back and sides, paired with a spruce top.

I was pleasantly surprised how good a uke top it made - brighter than mahogany but not as trebly as maple. But I should add that it was rather light for oak, and you might want to pick your plank carefully.

Thanks to those who liked it. It was made as a present for UK musician Phil Doleman, http://phildoleman.co.uk/. He's only had it for a few weeks, but I hope that one day he will make a video using it.

Paul December
12-03-2014, 04:33 AM
I'd wager the Amish would build a uke out of oak. It might play like a kitchen cabinet door, Nickie, but they'd probably throw in a heart-shaped cutout in the headstock at no additional charge. ;)

I thought the Amish were known for their Electric Fireplaces (http://www.amishyard.com/heat-surge/?gclid=CMe4m8eYqsICFck-MgodW2cAtw) :rolleyes:

coolkayaker1
12-03-2014, 05:14 AM
I thought the Amish were known for their Electric Fireplaces (http://www.amishyard.com/heat-surge/?gclid=CMe4m8eYqsICFck-MgodW2cAtw) :rolleyes:

Yes, true. They are the true inventors, too, of the Incinolet toilet that burns fresh waste, akin to defecating over an open campfire.

Their signature invention: homemade denim pants held up with a horsehide belt and a hand-oiled oak buckle.

The young, fashionable ones add an oak button-fly. (A nod to their newly progressive thinking; the elders have no fly at all, which makes "bumping uglies" rather ungainly)

buddhuu
12-03-2014, 07:52 AM
I'm sure the religious references are made without malice, but people get sensitive about religion and someone has already contacted us to say they're uncomfortable with the thread drift. Therefore, as the thread topic is oak ukes please stay on it.

Thanks.

Nickie
12-03-2014, 09:58 AM
Thanks buddhuu....I hate it when a thread gets highjacked by religion....sheesh....otherwise, the humor is great!
I'm thinking about having him build me an oakulele....can anyone think of a good reason not to, if the price is right? It played really nicely.