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mctot
05-10-2015, 03:40 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm new to making--well, any instrument. I love the ukulele, and I have always wanted to make one of my own. After spending time reading through these forums and other sites--I feel pretty overwhelmed at what all it will take to make an instrument.

Where do I begin? I suppose collecting tools wood(pun intended) be the place to start. Does anyone know of a list or have a list of things someone like me could use to start gearing up for this?

Thanks so much,


MCToT
My Country 'Tis of Thee

sequoia
05-10-2015, 04:24 PM
Yes, where do we start? First question has to be what kind of tools/shop do you already have and what is the level of your wood working experience? If you have no tools and you are a beginner doesn't mean you can't build your own uke.

Pete Howlett once said that building an ukulele isn't that hard, but building an ukulele that sounds great is hard. Personally I find that building a ukulele is not so much hard as it is time consuming and occasionally fraught with tension. There are just certain things that you have to get absolutely right. No way around it. It is not that these things are particularly hard to do in a wood working sense, but you got to get them right. No way around it. I guess I would say it is easy, but it is hard at the same time. How about that for an answer?

orangeena
05-11-2015, 01:24 AM
Hello
I found this (http://www.wsukes.com/plans.html) a great place to start. Instructions and videos showing how to build a uke. Donate some money to him if you find it useful.
Max

Vespa Bob
05-11-2015, 04:40 AM
Another way to start is by building from a kit from Stewmac, or other kit makers. The wood is supplied and the instructions are good. If I remember correctly, the Stemac kit gives a list of tools required. Good luck, but be careful, building ukuleles can become an incurable disease!:o
Here's a link to Stewmac's website: http://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/Kits/Ukulele/Soprano_Ukulele_Kit.html
Bob

ksquine
05-11-2015, 07:21 AM
Maybe make a list of each task in the build process and think of how you'd plan to perform it. Then you can make a list of the tools you'd need.
There's no official list of equipment because there are several ways to perform each task...and some parts can be purchased already made.
Here's a rough list of tasks to build a ukulele. How do you plan to do each?

Thinning
Jointing
Rosette (optional)
Bending
End & Neck Block forming
Brace cutting, shaping
Top and back glue up
Binding/Purfling (optional)
Neck cutting and scarf joint
Neck joint forming
Neck carving
Fret board cutting (or purchasing)
Fretting
Inlay (optional)
Neck alignment, adjustment, attachment
Finishing
Bridge shaping (or purchasing)
Nut shaping and slotting
Bridge attachment

RickOlson
05-11-2015, 08:14 AM
There are quite a few videos that describe the build process. Mya-Moe has a long series describing the construction of their ukes. Pete Howlett has some, too. They're all helpful. Seeing different approaches helps you understand the big picture.

But if I were to start with one place, I'd suggest JoeGuam's awesome thread where he describes his build from a StewMac kit. It's terrific, and especially helpful if you decide to use the kit. Joe Guam builds a StewMac (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?96379-Build-Thread-StewMac-Tenor-Ukulele-Kit)

JustVince
05-11-2015, 11:14 AM
Another way to start is by building from a kit from Stewmac, or other kit makers. The wood is supplied and the instructions are good. If I remember correctly, the Stemac kit gives a list of tools required. Good luck, but be careful, building ukuleles can become an incurable disease!:o
Here's a link to Stewmac's website: http://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/Kits/Ukulele/Soprano_Ukulele_Kit.html
Bob

What he said, was what I was gonna say. Bob you beat me to the punch ! -Vince