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Jerryc41
06-09-2018, 02:46 AM
I like to have a hard case for each ukulele, but finding an appropriate one for my Firefly was a challenge, so I decided to make my own. It was an interesting project, and I'd use Luann rather than 1/4" plywood to save weight. Of course, screwing things into that thin Luann would have been a challenge. I still have to put some kind of feet on the bottom and side.

I made this for a Firefly I had over a year ago, and the vinyl is peeling a bit. Time for more glue. I just got this out of the garage for my new Firefly.

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olphart
06-09-2018, 03:48 AM
Try this one...fun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msxeu4hkDlE

Doug W
06-09-2018, 03:52 AM
Looks professional. Were you able to find hinges, handles, vinyl etc. at one place?

Junie Moon
06-09-2018, 04:04 AM
I plan to make a case one of these days. There a a bunch of how-to's out there.

Here's one:
http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Cardboard-Ukulele-Case/

Jerryc41
06-09-2018, 10:11 AM
Looks professional. Were you able to find hinges, handles, vinyl etc. at one place?

Thanks, but you haven't seen it close-up. : )

I bought the clasps and the handle online. Everything else I got locally - fabric store, Lowe's, etc.

Jerryc41
06-09-2018, 11:04 AM
Nice work Jerry :D

Thanks. :o;):)

Booli
06-09-2018, 12:02 PM
Nice project! Thanks for sharing Jerry :)


Looks professional. Were you able to find hinges, handles, vinyl etc. at one place?

You can get lots of the hardware from Penn-Elcom, which manufactures them as heavy-duty items for DJ, pro-audio and 'flight cases', so they are very sturdy and can take lots of abuse.

http://www.penn-elcom.com/default.asp?MC=01010101&LG=EN&title=case-and-cabinet-hardware

Parts Express sells lots of items in the Penn-Elcom catalog as well:

https://www.parts-express.com/Search.aspx?keyword=penn&sitesearch=true

I'd source the wood locally at Lowes or Home Depot and have them cut it at the store, and also source the fabrics and padding locally at a Michael's craft store or similar.

bsfloyd
06-09-2018, 12:30 PM
I think it looks great, Jerry! I always liked the idea of a hard shell case in the shape of the triangular cardboard boxes that the ukes ship in. Reminds me a bit of some vintage parlor guitar coffin cases I've seen old photos of.

Jerryc41
06-09-2018, 12:35 PM
Nice project! Thanks for sharing Jerry :)



You can get lots of the hardware from Penn-Elcom, which manufactures them as heavy-duty items for DJ, pro-audio and 'flight cases', so they are very sturdy and can take lots of abuse.

http://www.penn-elcom.com/default.asp?MC=01010101&LG=EN&title=case-and-cabinet-hardware

Parts Express sells lots of items in the Penn-Elcom catalog as well:

https://www.parts-express.com/Search.aspx?keyword=penn&sitesearch=true

I'd source the wood locally at Lowes or Home Depot and have them cut it at the store, and also source the fabrics and padding locally at a Michael's craft store or similar.

Thanks for the links.

Booli
06-09-2018, 01:19 PM
Thanks for the links.

Sure thing!

When I was working 4-5 nights per week as a mobile DJ, all the cases I used, to haul around the audio equipment, lighting equipment and other gear had hardware from Penn-Elcom.

I onlly had to replace a single set of 'butterfly latches' on one of the oldest cases in a span of 15 yrs, and got the exact replacement part, which was a Penn-Elcom part, so I can attest to their durability.

Mind you, most of these cases full of equipment for my DJ work weighed at least 80-100 lbs, (and some even double that) and most ukes weigh less than 2lbs, so this hardware should last forever on a ukulele case unless you throw it off a roof top or something like that to drop-test your case.

I would never toss something off a roof top, but some folks are crazee. :)

Martinlover
06-09-2018, 01:23 PM
Nice case Jerry. Looks like a ukulele coffin.

Osprey
06-09-2018, 03:28 PM
Great job, Jerry, looks very professional.

ksiegel
06-10-2018, 03:06 AM
I like to have a hard case for each ukulele, but finding an appropriate one for my Firefly was a challenge, so I decided to make my own. It was an interesting project, and I'd use Luann rather than 1/4" plywood to save weight. Of course, screwing things into that thin Luann would have been a challenge. I still have to put some kind of feet on the bottom and side.

I made this for a Firefly I had over a year ago, and the vinyl is peeling a bit. Time for more glue. I just got this out of the garage for my new Firefly.

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It looks good, Jerry.

But I'm not that handy - I used a Vita Uke case for my soprano Firefly - Here's the thread (https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?117730-Hard-Shell-Case-for-Firefly-Banjo-Uke&highlight=vita+case):

Jerryc41
06-10-2018, 03:26 AM
It looks good, Jerry.

But I'm not that handy - I used a Vita Uke case for my soprano Firefly - Here's the thread (https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?117730-Hard-Shell-Case-for-Firefly-Banjo-Uke&highlight=vita+case):

Good idea. I can swap the Vita and Firefly, depending which one I'm bringing. That case has gone up in price since I bought mine, so I doubt I'll buy another. I paid $58, but now it's over $70. It really isn't a $70 case, but the limited production raises the price.