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sortaukey
03-11-2015, 05:47 PM
I was thinking that I might want to build a uke kit. Wondering if anyone can recommend a good kit?

My wood working experience is pretty thin, I took shop in 7th grade, but I only passed because I told the shop teacher that I would take the class again if he failed me. ;).

I built the grizzley kit a few years ago, and it went OK - It turned out OK, but I wasn't too excited with the uke itself.

I'm aware of the stewmac kits, just wondering if there is another option out there?

dofthesea
03-11-2015, 09:21 PM
Depends on what your looking for. it's important to state what you would like. You can buy kits in various stages of completion. Do you want to bend the sides, cut your own fret slots...etc etc. Hana Lima has good kits but you need to bend your own sides. Waldron has kits as well that are fully serviced. There are many options

mzuch
03-12-2015, 03:54 AM
New from LMI. (http://www.lmii.com/products/mostly-wood/instrument-kits/ukulele-kits) These kits look to be a step or two up in both quality and difficulty from the Stew-Mac kits.

sortaukey
03-12-2015, 02:39 PM
Thanks for the replies.

I think that I would like to take a step or two beyond the grizzly kit in terms of difficulty, but bending the sides is probably a level of complexity that Im not ready for yet.

Doc_J
03-12-2015, 02:51 PM
Thanks for the replies.

I think that I would like to take a step or two beyond the grizzly kit in terms of difficulty, but bending the sides is probably a level of complexity that Im not ready for yet.

The Stew-Mac kit instructions are provided on their website.
http://www.stewmac.com/How-To/Online_Resources/Building_Instruments/Tenor_Ukulele_Kit_Instructions.html

Sides are bent. Tops are thicknessed. But still plenty to do.

Vespa Bob
03-12-2015, 05:17 PM
A Stewmac soprano kit served me well as an introduction into ukulele building. The optional DVD has plenty of good info and advice. Mine turned out to be a good sounding instrument as well.

Bob

Booli
03-13-2015, 08:03 PM
Have you seen the Wolfelele? They have kits in 5 different sizes, see their web site here:

http://www.wolfelele.com/Model-Specs.html

Mickey from Ukulele Player mag has a video here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLhq9Loa5Fo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLhq9Loa5Fo

also another (time-lapsed) build video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qBG_pHip7k

I have not built one yet, but am tempted to try the baritone version of their kit...:)