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GrumpyOldMan
10-31-2009, 11:58 AM
Hi All,
I have a spare soprano neck and I want to make a Cigar Box Uke but I'm not having much success in finding a suitable box. I'm also hankering after a plastic Uke so I thought I could maybe combine the two and build a Uke from a plastic box.

I've found this one on ebay and wondered if it was suitable:http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360176835565&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
It's an ABS box which I think is a softish plastic. Would I be better with a Polycarbonate box, which I think is a hard plastic?

Is this a crazy idea?

Cheers,
Ian.

UKISOCIETY
10-31-2009, 12:53 PM
I think a harder plastic would be preferable, since the Islanders and TV Pals are pretty hard. You also want a thin plastic. It's difficult to know if that box is thin enough.

Keep us posted on the project. It's an intriguing idea!

GrumpyOldMan
10-31-2009, 01:04 PM
I think a harder plastic would be preferable, since the Islanders and TV Pals are pretty hard. You also want a thin plastic. It's difficult to know if that box is thin enough.

Keep us posted on the project. It's an intriguing idea!

Most plastic boxes I have looked at seem to have a thickness of 3mm, which is quite thick for a Uke. Having said that most cigar boxes are also much thicker than a Uke should really be. Finding boxes big enough is the biggest problem. I'll keep looking and of course I will keep posting if I do go ahead.

Ian.

hoosierhiver
10-31-2009, 01:09 PM
Go check out a Chinese grocery. You will find food packaged in all sorts of boxes and tins. I saw a wooden box of Korean Ginseng tea that looked like it would make a great cigar box uke it was about $8 for the box (and the tea.)

GrumpyOldMan
10-31-2009, 01:31 PM
Go check out a Chinese grocery. You will find food packaged in all sorts of boxes and tins. I saw a wooden box of Korean Ginseng tea that looked like it would make a great cigar box uke it was about $8 for the box (and the tea.)
Chinese grocery stores are thin on the ground in Lancashire! There's a Chinatown in Manchester though and I get there often enough so I will indeed take a look. Good idea, thanks.

Ian.

Slick
10-31-2009, 01:52 PM
How about a metal box (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Dickies-Metal-Lunch-Box-NEW_W0QQitemZ150383497384QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item23038e10a8)?

GrumpyOldMan
10-31-2009, 02:02 PM
How about a metal box (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Dickies-Metal-Lunch-Box-NEW_W0QQitemZ150383497384QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item23038e10a8)?

Aaah, yes. I had thought about an Aluminium project box but I really like the look of that Dickies box. I guess it would need strengthening where the neck was attatched.
Actually, now I think of it we have a couple of old biscuit (cookie) tins around somewhere.

Ha, just found this one in the UK. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SPONGEBOB-PATRICK-TIN-LUNCHBOX-lunch-box-bag-footie_W0QQitemZ290343924815QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_ Kitchen_Accessories?hash=item4399d8b44f Very appropriate and a variation on a theme.
I love this lunch box idea!!

UkÚDan
10-31-2009, 02:08 PM
Something like this?
http://www.parentingideas.org/articles/eating/wacky-lunch-box/

UkÚDan
10-31-2009, 02:09 PM
Or this guy:
http://laughingsquid.com/ukulele-ray-the-lunchbox-a-lele/

GrumpyOldMan
10-31-2009, 02:14 PM
Something like this?
http://www.parentingideas.org/articles/eating/wacky-lunch-box/

Aaaw, someone's already done it. I thought we had just come up with something revolutionary!! Never mind, this is definitely the way I now want to go.
Anyone have any ideas about attatching the neck? Will I need to strengthen?

Cheers,
Ian.

GrumpyOldMan
10-31-2009, 02:16 PM
Or this guy:
http://laughingsquid.com/ukulele-ray-the-lunchbox-a-lele/

He has a website. http://www.boxaleleco.com/index.html

ukantor
10-31-2009, 02:58 PM
Hey Grumpy, Have a word with this bloke. He makes various instruments, including biscuit tin ukes. He knows where it's at, and he's very approachable. He's in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire.

http://www.tinguitar.com

Ukantor

GrumpyOldMan
10-31-2009, 03:30 PM
Hey Grumpy, Have a word with this bloke. He makes various instruments, including biscuit tin ukes. He knows where it's at, and he's very approachable. He's in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire.

http://www.tinguitar.com

Ukantor

Great stuff. One of the tins he has in his stock is exactly like one of the ones we have at home.
Are you sure he's approachable. He's a Yorkshireman and I'm a Lancastrian, we have a history you know.
I'm off to Asda tomorrow, they have tins of quality street for a fiver so might as well start with one of those.
I can't believe I never thought of this before.

Cheers,
Ian.

ukantor
10-31-2009, 11:37 PM
"He's a Yorkshireman and I'm a Lancastrian, we have a history you know."

Hi Ian, Just don't mention cricket - you'll be OK. I'm a Cheshire lad myself, and Rob tolerates me well.

Seriously, he's a top fella.

John Colter (Ukantor)