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Timbuck
04-22-2009, 12:03 PM
I purchased some mahogany on E-Bay a couple of days ago....It was delivered by TNT at 10 am today and With the weather being perfect I dragged the bandsaw and other equip: out doors so I could work in the sun.. and by 4 pm I'd produced this lot:).. There should have been 15 but I lost one:wtf: (it got killed by the router + my stupidity)...All ready for the next op: in the Lathe tomorrow....I can't drag the lathe outside tho' Too Heavy.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2842.jpg

CoffeeMate
04-22-2009, 12:49 PM
Oh My! Looks like you have some ukes to complete. You should post pic after you complete each stage. Have fun! Look forward to seeing them finished.:smileybounce::smileybounce:

bluesuke
04-22-2009, 02:09 PM
Ill second that I would be interested as well;)

Timbuck
04-23-2009, 12:12 AM
Oh My! Looks like you have some ukes to complete. You should post pic after you complete each stage. Have fun! Look forward to seeing them finished.:smileybounce::smileybounce:

About 18 months ago I demonstrated on the Cosmos how I made necks with a slide show.... I do some of the op's a little diffrent now.. but the method is basicly still the same..I wanted to know if anyone else uses a lathe for producing necks..anyway here it is again....just click on the pic.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/th_uke025.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/?action=view&current=58a9b087.pbw)

Timbuck
04-25-2009, 01:28 AM
Oh My! Looks like you have some ukes to complete. You should post pic after you complete each stage. Have fun! Look forward to seeing them finished.:smileybounce::smileybounce:

As requested...14 necks fresh off the Lathe, all the same.. guaranteed dead straight, perfect radius, no flat spots or bumps, all ready for next op:
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2850.jpg

deach
04-25-2009, 02:44 AM
Very cool. Please continue documenting.

Timbuck
04-25-2009, 08:49 AM
Very cool. Please continue documenting.

Right next bit..Mark out, Rough saw, and then sand down face of machine head. Note specially made rest, to be used as you would a Sine Bar http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://claymore.engineer.gvsu.edu/eod/manufact/manufact-212.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.eod.gvsu.edu/eod/manufact/manufact-130.html&usg=__-37vyk4x2TbugTkYHKfolb90IJ4=&h=456&w=456&sz=10&hl=en&start=1&tbnid=geIFKmTjHoj_oM:&tbnh=128&tbnw=128&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsine%2Bbar%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26sa%3 DG so as to achieve the correct angle.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2855.jpg
Then over to the home made thickness sander to to get the back of the machine head, but only go up to the end stop
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2858.jpg
End stop (3 mm drill bit)
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2860.jpg
And a short time later all ready for the next op:
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2863.jpg

seeso
04-25-2009, 09:15 AM
So tasty...

Ahnko Honu
04-25-2009, 09:26 AM
I've been a woodturner for several years but never considered using a wood lathe for this purpose, mahalo for the idea! ;)

Timbuck
04-25-2009, 11:14 AM
I've been a woodturner for several years but never considered using a wood lathe for this purpose, mahalo for the idea! ;)
Theres no reason why it can't be done on a wood lathe Ahnko...all you need is a taper template or guide rest and away you go.

By the way whats all that Gobbley gook mean under your posts?..It is very much like Yorkshire Dialect in the UK...Here's an example.
Arrda gooin on mi ol mucka? ota oreet an arr's thi missis?.:D

ukeatan
04-25-2009, 11:28 AM
whats all that Gobbley gook

mmmm, Hawaiian? :p

Timbuck
04-25-2009, 11:52 AM
mmmm, Hawaiian? :p
Hawaiian????? :mad: I thought our Government had outlawed all that sort of thing 100's of years ago:old: and taught all the native's in that part of the world "pigeon English" So that the rest of us could understand what they were on about...I still think the language is based on the Yorkshire Dialect Tho':D

Oop's I think i've gone off the subject.

Ahnko Honu
04-25-2009, 01:25 PM
Hawaiian????? :mad: I thought our Government had outlawed all that sort of thing 100's of years ago:old: and taught all the native's in that part of the world "pigeon English" So that the rest of us could understand what they were on about...I still think the language is based on the Yorkshire Dialect Tho':D

Oop's I think i've gone off the subject.

The Hawaiian "pidgin" is actually more correctly identified as a creole language which originated in the sugarcane camps which were ethnically segregated with various camps for the different immigrant laborers- Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, etc. of course native Hawaiians usually not living in these camps but outside in their own communities. Grammatically the 'pidgin' is structured like Hawaiian but the words are a mix of the various languages spoken in the camps as well as Hawaiian, and English of the plantation owners, a common language that all ethnicities could use to communicate with each other. "Hawaiian Pidgin" was never taught in public schools and the use was looked down on as was the banning of the teaching of the native Hawaiian language after the USA invaded and took over the lands and government of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893, with annexation in 1898.
There was a cultural revival which I noticed starting in the 1970s especially with the Hawaiian language starting to be taught in public schools (I learned Hawaiian in High School 1975 thru 1978). Presently there are several schools offering Hawaiian Language immersion programs offer the whole curriculum in the Hawaiian language. I think it wonderful the efforts being made now to preserve the culture and language of the Hawaiian people. My details may not be 100% accurate and I hope those more knowledgeable will pipe in.
As far as the words in my signature it is taken from the Baibala Hemolele the Hawaiian Bible first translated in 1839. It is my favorite scripture from Psalms 83:18.
I believe Hawaiian is closer to what is spoken in Manchester than Yorkshire. :D

CoffeeMate
04-25-2009, 07:33 PM
Ahnko Honu Thanks for the bit of history, very interesting

Timbuck So cool to see a uke gettin bornd. Thanks for posting this

Timbuck
04-26-2009, 01:57 AM
And now back to the job again..Next I mill down the edges on my Milling machine (Converted from an old Pedestal Drill)
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2869.jpg
Then with the aid of a Template mark out the head end.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2873.jpg
Then onto the bandsaw.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2877.jpg
And finally the spindle sander (It's handy to have all these Machines)
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2881.jpg

Timbuck
04-26-2009, 02:28 AM
Now its starting to take shape and resemble the real thing.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2883.jpg
The real thing.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/Soprano_ukulele-08.jpg
It's all been easy up till now
And here they are ready for the next operation..Shaping by hand this going to need skill as I havn't got a jig or machine to do this part YET!
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2892.jpg

deach
04-26-2009, 02:43 AM
I'm guessing this isn't the first time you've done this. Do you have any pics of prior builds?

Timbuck
04-26-2009, 03:01 AM
I'm guessing this isn't the first time you've done this. Do you have any pics of prior builds?
Here's a batch I did last year.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT1272.jpg

deach
04-26-2009, 03:08 AM
Here's a batch I did last year.

Beautiful!!

Timbuck
04-26-2009, 05:28 AM
My Son Mike decided to make video of me Rasping and Filing some shape to the necks..So for just one day I became a Filmstar.:D
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/th_8b157a7b.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/?action=view&current=8b157a7b.pbr)
And here's the device I use to hold the workpiece while at work.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT1608.jpg

Timbuck
04-26-2009, 11:21 AM
I've been a woodturner for several years but never considered using a wood lathe for this purpose, mahalo for the idea! ;)
Ahnko..I've been looking at some photo's of where you live and you get far to much sunshine and it could be bad for your health you could end up with sun stroke or skin cancer...So i suggest you pack up your bags and come to live here in England where it's safe from the sun..but if you may get lung cancer especially if you lived at this Zip code.:eek:
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/fres-air-from-the-potteries.jpg

Ahnko Honu
04-26-2009, 12:49 PM
Yup, all this sunshine, sandy beaches, and scantily clad women can really start to wear on ya after awhile... :cool:

Timbuck
04-27-2009, 04:52 AM
Right My Movie career is over so back to the still shots..If your getting bored with this saga Just let me know and I'll end it .....The Neck must be central to the dovetail..So I made this dovetail gauge to help me get it right.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2975.jpg
Here it is in use marking out the side of the Heel.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2970.jpg
This is the only time I use A plane on the neck..It's the best I've come up with so far..Id like to do this on the Router but the dovetail gets in the way
I'll have to do more pondering on this one.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2978.jpg
After more Rasping , Filing, and sanding the heel is now shaped ..Takes about 10 min's....Ready for next op: (fitting the finger board)
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2982.jpg

Mobben
04-27-2009, 07:31 AM
No please continue your saga.. It's quite interesting to see how an ukulele is born in your laboratory :)
Thanks for sharing..

deach
04-27-2009, 07:44 AM
no please continue your saga.. It's quite interesting to see how an ukulele is born in your laboratory :)
thanks for sharing..

+ 1

Timbuck
04-28-2009, 08:41 AM
It's amazing what a good nights rest doe's for you..I went tp sleep last night pondering to find a way to shape the heels on the router instead of hand planing them...and this morning an idea was taking shape..and back in my Laboratory by noon I'd made this jig, and it works spot on...No need to explain how it works as you can see :)...it's the same as most profile copying devices ..but now it accommodates the dovetail which was the main problem...and what took 15 mins now takes 1 min and it's more accurate.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2990.jpg
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2991.jpg
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT2993.jpg

herbsandspices
04-28-2009, 08:47 AM
Nice work - really cool. :cool:

Pete Howlett
04-28-2009, 12:04 PM
When you've done Ken I'll repost my video of how I do my necks all on the router with 10 -15 minutes hand carving a nice elliptical profile and elegant heel... :shaka:

Timbuck
04-28-2009, 09:27 PM
When you've done Ken I'll repost my video of how I do my necks all on the router with 10 -15 minutes hand carving a nice elliptical profile and elegant heel... :shaka:

Hi there Pete :)..I've already seen the Vid's...Excellent work, as always.

bbycrts
04-29-2009, 05:45 AM
When you've done Ken I'll repost my video of how I do my necks all on the router with 10 -15 minutes hand carving a nice elliptical profile and elegant heel... :shaka:

Please do, Pete!

Timbuck
04-29-2009, 07:29 AM
As I've only got two routers and I can't afford to buy anymore (co's i'm poor these days living on a megre pension, not like that rich git P.H. who's got about 15 routers)
so I have to look for other ways to do things, luckily I have a couple of lathes and a milling machine....If anyone is just begining to make a uke, you'll find that making the jigs, moulds, and side benders etc: is more enjoyable than making the actual Uke..I spent a bit of time today having fun, making this device to fit the 1912 Drummond lathe its just a chunk of plywood with some nails knocked in it for guide pins...I got a bit fed up rasping and filing the neck heels so I decided to remove some of the wood with the machine and get the radius cut out with an end mill at the same time,so I've a lot less to do by hand...it only took 20 mins to radius the lot once the jig was made....I only do this as a hobby you know.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT3017.jpg
Ready to machine.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT3006.jpg
In action.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT3011.jpg
Done .. I think i'll remove more wood with the band saw next time I make some.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT3013.jpg

Timbuck
04-30-2009, 02:10 AM
Well thats it for me on this thread...14 completed up to this stage & 1 reject
These are the rough necks finished with 120 grit paper..There's still a stack of work to do on them..More sanding.. Fingerboards to fit.. More sanding.. the end of the heel to trim and taper..more sanding ..Nut to fit..Peg holes to drill and counter bore..staining... sanding... grain fill...Sanding..Then as Pete Howlett say's "THE NIGHTMARE BEGINS" :eek:
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT3028.jpg
Now I need 14 Soprano bodies making.:wtf:....They can wait I'm off out for "Bike ride" to get the sawdust out of my lungs.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/lance.jpg

deach
04-30-2009, 02:23 AM
Can I have the reject?

Harold O.
04-30-2009, 04:57 AM
Can I have the reject?

Deach! You wanna neck with Timbuck? :eek:

Steve vanPelt
04-02-2010, 09:56 PM
Well thats it for me on this thread...14 completed up to this stage & 1 reject
These are the rough necks finished with 120 grit paper..There's still a stack of work to do on them..More sanding.. Fingerboards to fit.. More sanding.. the end of the heel to trim and taper..more sanding ..Nut to fit..Peg holes to drill and counter bore..staining... sanding... grain fill...Sanding..Then as Pete Howlett say's "THE NIGHTMARE BEGINS" :eek:
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT3028.jpg
Now I need 14 Soprano bodies making.:wtf:....They can wait I'm off out for "Bike ride" to get the sawdust out of my lungs.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/lance.jpg

Bumping this most excellent thread. I remember seeing this a year ago and wondering why in the world would you need 15 necks. Took a month to make a body, and after all a neck is only a couple more days. Right now I wish I had just two of those. At the top of my to do list is gathering up some scraps and things to build some neck jigs that will work with my simple collection of shop tools. Timbuck, you are too awesome.

zdiver7
04-02-2010, 10:47 PM
I agree, Timbuck is awesome! This is the first time I've seen this thread, I've only been lurking the Luthier's Lounge for the past few weeks! :) It was really cool to see your process of knocking out a lot of necks.