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dave g
10-06-2009, 02:24 PM
Someone has asked me for a uke of contrasting woods, plus I found this neat piece of walnut for the neck:

http://www.wsukes.com/temp/bw.jpg

The other stuff is maple :)

Milla
10-06-2009, 02:48 PM
Very cool. Can't wait to see how it turns out! OH OH Throw some black binding around the white portion and white binding round the black !!!

cornfedgroove
10-06-2009, 03:15 PM
it aint chocolate, it aint vaniller

its a twist

thistle3585
10-06-2009, 05:13 PM
I made a couple necks out of walnut. It truly is a wonderful wood to carve.

Matt Clara
10-07-2009, 03:32 AM
Someone has asked me for a uke of contrasting woods, plus I found this neat piece of walnut for the neck:

http://www.wsukes.com/temp/bw.jpg

The other stuff is maple :)

Almost seems a shame to have to put a fret board on top of that neck! Is walnut dense enough to make a fret board out of?

RonS
10-07-2009, 03:39 AM
FWIW, the sapwood in walnut is not very stable.

dave g
10-07-2009, 03:52 AM
Almost seems a shame to have to put a fret board on top of that neck! Is walnut dense enough to make a fret board out of?

I know! :)

I think it will be busy enough as is - probably go with a rosewood fretboard. And, as RonS notes, the white part is even softer than the dark, so a bit of rosewood reinforcement will be good anyway.

thejumpingflea
10-07-2009, 07:39 PM
Wow. That is REALLY cool. I can't wait to see it finished.

dave g
10-15-2009, 02:03 PM
Progress:

http://www.wsukes.com/temp/bw07.jpg

ChamorroDT
10-15-2009, 05:11 PM
Progress:

http://www.wsukes.com/temp/bw07.jpg

THAT IS SO COOL! Oh man...please keep posting pictures on your progress, this is genius.

eleuke
10-15-2009, 07:41 PM
Would bleaching the rosewood to lighten parts to match the underlying woods reduce it's reinforcement properties? A multicolor fretboard on that beautiful neck that fit the color scheme would just be unbelievable. Awesome work, Dave...

Matt Clara
10-16-2009, 06:26 AM
I can hear the star trek fight song (http://eideteker.vox.com/library/audio/6a00c2252a0170604a00d4142163d4685e.html) in the back ground!

(For all those who are Trek illiterate, here's why (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_That_Be_Your_Last_Battlefield).)

dave g
10-18-2009, 02:45 PM
Here it is a couple hours ago (has the first coat of lacquer on it now):

http://www.wsukes.com/temp/bw10.jpg

I decided to go with a sycamore bridge & fret board instead of rosewood. I think the "medium" color complements the two contrasting ones better...

This is also my first soprano in a new mold. The body is a bit bigger than the previous ones (neck joins at the 12th fret instead of the 13th - more traditional).

Vindelanda
10-18-2009, 03:27 PM
Ohh, that's gorgeous! I love it! That is one beautiful uke. Please keep posting pictures. :D

ukuleG
10-19-2009, 07:24 AM
looking nice been away for a few days nice to come back and see how far its got. ;)

ChamorroDT
10-19-2009, 09:57 AM
Here it is a couple hours ago (has the first coat of lacquer on it now):

http://www.wsukes.com/temp/bw10.jpg

I decided to go with a sycamore bridge & fret board instead of rosewood. I think the "medium" color complements the two contrasting ones better...

This is also my first soprano in a new mold. The body is a bit bigger than the previous ones (neck joins at the 12th fret instead of the 13th - more traditional).

WOW that looks very very nice. Makes me want my chocolate bar in my fridge now though...haha

cornfedgroove
10-19-2009, 10:31 AM
dave, you use the dowels on fretboard for same reason as bridge? what can I say...I'm a nub

dave g
10-19-2009, 11:29 AM
dave, you use the dowels on fretboard for same reason as bridge? what can I say...I'm a nub

Yes, same reason. Then the dowels (plastic) become position dots.

dave g
10-24-2009, 07:51 AM
Done & sold: http://www.wsukes.com/110/u110.html :)

ukuleG
10-24-2009, 09:54 AM
i could of payed for it on monday :(

dave g
10-24-2009, 11:17 AM
i could of payed for it on monday :(

It's twin sister should be done early next week :)

seeso
10-24-2009, 12:18 PM
Congrats on the sale. Looks like a pretty uke!

dave g
10-25-2009, 02:53 PM
The aforementioned "twin sister" a couple hours ago:

http://www.wsukes.com/temp/112-01.jpg

Fraternal twins, not identical; this one is a bit more flamboyant, with a glued-up neck, dissimilar side/top/back relationship, and glued up fretboard (in the background, out of focus). The more conservative first born would probably be a little embarrassed by her, but they will never meet so all's well.

She is also serving as a test bed for a new finish regime of shellac and water-borne polyurethane, which ought to help me retain lots of brain cells over the winter (since I won't be using nitrocellulose lacquer in an enclosed area). So far so good - I think it's going to work out well :)

Matt Clara
10-25-2009, 03:45 PM
That's too cool, Dave.

ukuleG
10-25-2009, 04:37 PM
email me when its finished if you would be so kind. :)

Susie A
10-25-2009, 04:37 PM
What great detail! I noticed that you even did the tuner knobs light and dark. Great job.

:cheers:

donnercruz
10-26-2009, 03:27 AM
Any worries about the different woods moving at different rates?

erich@muttcrew.net
10-26-2009, 10:12 AM
The aforementioned "twin sister" a couple hours ago:

this one is a bit more flamboyant, with a glued-up neck, dissimilar side/top/back relationship, and glued up fretboard (in the background, out of focus).

Beautiful work, Dave! We did a similar "harlekin" last year, with maple/spruce and a very dark, almost black piece of rosewood. The design was different, but the idea was very similar to your "twin sister".

dave g
10-27-2009, 10:32 AM
And done: http://www.wsukes.com/112/u112.html :)