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Mobben
05-09-2009, 07:27 AM
The first three weeks of April I was unemployed, which basically resulted in a great amount of spare time. I decided that I might as well spend the time on something, so I started building a ukulele from scratch. I started with some pieces of birch and a round saw.
I printed the free blueprints from http://www.grellier.fr/plans/Soprano_ukulele/Soprano_ukulele_fr.pdf and started the ”learning by doing” process. I'm pretty satisfied with the outcome so far although there are many flaws all over :)
I just received the fretwire, tuners, material for nut and bridge and the Hana Lima construction manual the other day. Which cost me alot because of Danish VAT and extra fees, but Hana Lima's service was super, they even sent me extra fretwire :)
In this album you can see the ukulele: http://picasaweb.google.dk/jacobmc/UkuleleProject#
It is all birch, because it was what I had :) and then I stained the fretboard and the bridge too a darker colour.
I'm really looking forward to hearing it, but even if it sounds horrible, I'll be proud (hopefully) :D

Pete Howlett
05-09-2009, 10:02 AM
Well done! better than my first attempt all those years ago.

Sven
05-10-2009, 04:24 AM
Great! I've been thinking of birch, now I'm positive I'll give it a go! A sweet looking uke.

All the best / Sven (Sweden)

Uke-lahoma
05-10-2009, 05:07 PM
... I printed the free blueprints from http://www.grellier.fr/plans/Soprano_ukulele/Soprano_ukulele_fr.pdf and started the ”learning by doing” process. ... I'm really looking forward to hearing it, but even if it sounds horrible, I'll be proud (hopefully) :D

Nice looking uke! I notice that an English language version of the plans also is available on the same site: http://www.grellier.fr/plans/Soprano_ukulele/Soprano_ukulele_en.pdf.

Mobben
05-11-2009, 05:45 AM
Well done! better than my first attempt all those years ago.
Hehe thanks :) But it's probably because I haven't taken any close-ups :P


Great! I've been thinking of birch, now I'm positive I'll give it a go! A sweet looking uke.

All the best / Sven (Sweden)
I can only wish you the best of luck :) I don't really know if birch is good for ukulele building, but it was what I had so it's what I used :)


Nice looking uke! I notice that an English language version of the plans also is available on the same site: http://www.grellier.fr/plans/Soprano_ukulele/Soprano_ukulele_en.pdf.
Thanks.. That would probably make it easier for me to read :)

seeso
05-11-2009, 05:53 AM
So cool! A smart looking uke you've made. So how does it sound?

Yopparai
05-11-2009, 06:36 AM
Looks good! Thanks for posting the link to the plans.

Mobben
05-11-2009, 08:12 AM
So cool! A smart looking uke you've made. So how does it sound?

I still need to give it some oil or something before I complete it.. But I'll post a video when it's done :)

Mobben
05-29-2009, 06:08 AM
Finally got it done :)

http://picasaweb.google.dk/jacobmc/UkuleleProject#5341260988492376898
http://picasaweb.google.dk/jacobmc/UkuleleProject#5341260998826799890
http://picasaweb.google.dk/jacobmc/UkuleleProject#5341261009908423378

And what a nice sunshiny day here in Denmark to take some pictures :)
I will try to make a video with it later this weekend, just need to get the camera to work with me :nana:

seeso
05-29-2009, 07:48 AM
She's pretty! :)

E-Lo Roberts
05-29-2009, 09:48 AM
Mob, looks very nice dude. Hey try Tru-Oil for the finish. It's cheap and super easy to apply with your fingers and looks great. Make sure you use a filler for the pores with any finish you chose to apply though or you will be appling many, many coats to try and fill up those pores....e.lo...

Mobben
05-29-2009, 12:15 PM
She's pretty! :)

Thanks alot :)


Mob, looks very nice dude. Hey try Tru-Oil for the finish. It's cheap and super easy to apply with your fingers and looks great. Make sure you use a filler for the pores with any finish you chose to apply though or you will be appling many, many coats to try and fill up those pores....e.lo...

I've given it some lacquer, which probably isn't the best finish but it's shiny now :)

And I just made a quick little video so you can hear it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo4l-L_ydfE

:music:

bbycrts
05-29-2009, 12:43 PM
Mobben:

Just watched/listened to your video...WOW! That little uke sounds great! Nice job.

Mobben
05-29-2009, 01:25 PM
Mobben:

Just watched/listened to your video...WOW! That little uke sounds great! Nice job.

Thank you very much.. At first I was quite disappointed with the sound, but after some adjusting it turned out pretty good :cheers:

Pete Howlett
05-29-2009, 03:40 PM
Birch is probably not your best wood. Nevertheless you seemed to get something out of it. I have a massur birch/spruce build to do next month. Should be interesting filling all those tiny holes...

Spooner
05-29-2009, 03:49 PM
Mobben:

Just watched/listened to your video...WOW! That little uke sounds great! Nice job.


Ditto!!!

Damn...I have to find me some time to do this for myself.
I am sure you must have an overwhelming sense of accomplishment...and rightly so!!!

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-29-2009, 04:52 PM
Mob, looks very nice dude. Hey try Tru-Oil for the finish. It's cheap and super easy to apply with your fingers and looks great. Make sure you use a filler for the pores with any finish you chose to apply though or you will be appling many, many coats to try and fill up those pores....e.lo...

If it's easy to apply it is surely easy to come off as well. Tru-Oil is great for beginners and a good alternative to spray finishes if you lack equipment but it just doesn't hold up to wear. On the upside, it's easy to touch up when it does wear through. I'd use it only as a last resort. Even the off-the-rack rattle cans (Deft, Watco, etc--lacquer or poly urethane) are easy to apply, hold up better and have enough solids in them to do a good job filing the grain. If you can spray nitro, that's one of the most durable finishes you can apply and with a little practice anyone can do it with good results.
It's hard to get a soprano to sound good without some practice. I think you did a great job and I applaud your resourcefulness.

Mobben
05-29-2009, 11:13 PM
Thank you all for your kind words and the advise. One of the reasons I did this project was that I got fired from work (hit by the financial crises :) ) and where unemployed for a little under a month. So I had quite a lot of spare time and making a ukulele seamed like an interesting project to use some of it on. I didn't want to sure money on expensive wood, so I just took what we had laying around :)

I started working again but sprained my angle some days ago, so I got myself spare time again. Maybe I'll be making a tenor this time :)

kailua
05-30-2009, 04:06 AM
Looks great! Can't wait to hear it. This (building a uke) is on my bucket list. :music:

Mobben
05-30-2009, 04:18 AM
Looks great! Can't wait to hear it. This (building a uke) is on my bucket list. :music:

Thank you :) You can see a little video with it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo4l-L_ydfE

Solana
05-30-2009, 05:25 AM
Very nice. Looks like it was a lot of fun!