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russ_buss
06-07-2008, 03:19 PM
hey all, just wanted to share some pics of my new cigar box ukulele that i built from a kit. it was fairly simple to assemble but lots of fun to do. the soundhole idea was because my wife and i are obsessed with our dog and we incorporate his likeness in everything we do. just crazy...

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=14&pictureid=133
boxy ya?

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=14&pictureid=135
inside can be used for stashing things:D

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=14&pictureid=134
the ohana

there are a couple more pics of the building process in this album:
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=14

got the kit from here: www.papasboxes.com

it's not very loud but pretty neat looking. the cigar box is pretty thick so maybe it doesn't resonate well.

seeso
06-07-2008, 03:22 PM
It looks awesome. I love the soundhole. Did you cut the hole yourself?

deach
06-07-2008, 03:24 PM
Looks like a pro job to me. Did you get the cigar box from him? The paw print is awesome!

russ_buss
06-07-2008, 03:26 PM
thanks guys! and yup, jigsaw and dremel.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=14&pictureid=131

the cigar box was ordered along with the kit. $5 for the box:)

seeso
06-07-2008, 03:28 PM
Wow, I had no idea you were so handy. Great job, dude! Video time, methinks. :)

Plainsong
06-07-2008, 03:31 PM
You did a great job on that soundhole! Nothing wrong with incorporating doggie things into designs. We do that when we get the chance. My husband made this originally all in vector graphics for a Windows Mobile smartphone wallet progam. It's a vector graphics version of Pixie, and for extra difficulty he didn't just convert a photo. There's no photo of her like that and yet that's her.

People who love their dogs rule! You made that uke a whole box of awesome. :nana:

russ_buss
06-07-2008, 03:38 PM
Wow, I had no idea you were so handy. Great job, dude! Video time, methinks. :)

me thinks you're right! i'm on it!


You did a great job on that soundhole! Nothing wrong with incorporating doggie things into designs. We do that when we get the chance. My husband made this originally all in vector graphics for a Windows Mobile smartphone wallet progam. It's a vector graphics version of Pixie, and for extra difficulty he didn't just convert a photo. There's no photo of her like that and yet that's her.

People who love their dogs rule! You made that uke a whole box of awesome. :nana:

that's very cool! if i had the skills, i'd computerize my dog as well. but i'll have to settle for snapping a ridiculous amount of photos instead. my wife and i bust out our cell phones to show people photos of our dog all the time. no kids, ya see.;)

jjsdad
06-07-2008, 03:39 PM
Awesome Russ!! Can't wait to see it at the next Bay Area meet up! Great job on the soundhole.
:music:

seeso
06-07-2008, 03:49 PM
Can we expect a cameo of your doggie in the vid?

SailQwest
06-07-2008, 03:57 PM
That is so cool!!! And I love the tribute to your dog!

We definitely need to see some video, of the ukulele and the dog!!!

Howlin Hobbit
06-07-2008, 04:00 PM
it's not very loud but pretty neat looking. the cigar box is pretty thick so maybe it doesn't resonate well.

I have always thought that if I built a cigar box uke (and it is on the "wish list") I would find a shop with a belt sander wide enough to do the whole side at once. Then I'd just lay the side of the box in it that was to be the face of the uke and, with liberal applications of "bit of sanding, measure with the calipers, bit more of sanding, etc." I'd get it down to the right thickness.

On the other paw, I'd love a Papa's Box, loud or not. They're very hip. It could always sub as my electric (also on the "wish list") with just a quick visit to K&K Sound (http://www.kksound.com/) for a hotspot pickup.

Of course, in a perfect world, I would be able to afford a Hooch-a-lele (http://www.earnestinstruments.com/ceegar.html).

(Can you say, "Hobbit, the roving party." boys and girls? I knew you could!)

seeso
06-07-2008, 04:03 PM
http://www.nplease.com/pupulele006.jpg

He (or she) looks like a singer...

Plainsong
06-07-2008, 04:12 PM
me thinks you're right! i'm on it!



that's very cool! if i had the skills, i'd computerize my dog as well. but i'll have to settle for snapping a ridiculous amount of photos instead. my wife and i bust out our cell phones to show people photos of our dog all the time. no kids, ya see.;)

Yeah, we don't need kids, we have a dachshund. She LOVES kids though. When Pixie learns to talk, that's what she'll ask about. She's more motherly than I am.

We do the same thing. Luckily since the breeder is a friend, she'll be the last person to mind.

There was a guy with a Papa's Box at the uke jam, but somehow I never could weasel it into my hands.

UkuleleHill
06-07-2008, 05:14 PM
well... This thread has pretty much guarenteed I am going to be investing 150 in a tenor kit... Awesome job!!!

Plainsong
06-07-2008, 06:05 PM
She looks worried and concerned about these things. She wants to have a talk with you about this uke business. ;)

So in response, here's what Pixie thinks about what's on tv (http://web.mac.com/plainsong/Site/What_Pixie_thinks_of_tv.html). Notice how when she notices she's caught, she kinda goes "I wasn't doing anything, I was just walking over here. See?" She actually watches tv. So does her sister.

Either that, or your dog has a hidden agenda and is actually a part of the anti-Fluke/Flea lobby. ;)

seeso
06-07-2008, 06:39 PM
Oh my, that was just too cute. That tail can't hide her feelings!

tad
06-07-2008, 06:48 PM
1) What do you think of the ridiculously wide neck?

2) You should learn Ukulele Ike's "My Dog Loves Your Dog" and play it on that.

Fred Miu
06-07-2008, 07:25 PM
dude thats smart,the tuning pegs are under the ukulele....GENIUS!

Ukulele_Junkie
06-07-2008, 07:26 PM
wow that thing is super duper fly, i might want to do a summer project outta this one.

NukeDOC
06-07-2008, 07:32 PM
I have always thought that if I built a cigar box uke (and it is on the "wish list") I would find a shop with a belt sander wide enough to do the whole side at once. Then I'd just lay the side of the box in it that was to be the face of the uke and, with liberal applications of "bit of sanding, measure with the calipers, bit more of sanding, etc." I'd get it down to the right thickness.

On the other paw, I'd love a Papa's Box, loud or not. They're very hip. It could always sub as my electric (also on the "wish list") with just a quick visit to K&K Sound (http://www.kksound.com/) for a hotspot pickup.

Of course, in a perfect world, I would be able to afford a Hooch-a-lele (http://www.earnestinstruments.com/ceegar.html).

(Can you say, "Hobbit, the roving party." boys and girls? I knew you could!)

that hootchulele is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!

russ_buss
06-07-2008, 09:17 PM
He (or she) looks like a singer...

"he" gets mistaken for a she all the time. it's okay, i had the same problem when i was a kid. i guess my bowl cut was a little longer than it should have been. i've said too much.:uhoh:


She looks worried and concerned about these things. She wants to have a talk with you about this uke business. ;)

So in response, here's what Pixie thinks about what's on tv (http://web.mac.com/plainsong/Site/What_Pixie_thinks_of_tv.html). Notice how when she notices she's caught, she kinda goes "I wasn't doing anything, I was just walking over here. See?" She actually watches tv. So does her sister.

Either that, or your dog has a hidden agenda and is actually a part of the anti-Fluke/Flea lobby. ;)

haha, i think my dog is concerned with my painful music. such a little critic.


1) What do you think of the ridiculously wide neck?

2) You should learn Ukulele Ike's "My Dog Loves Your Dog" and play it on that.

seriously, the neck is huge! didn't take too long to get use to though. it plays okay.

ugukfatao21
06-07-2008, 10:04 PM
didn't realize your dog could hold still for so long as you dragged the dremel around his paw :D. great looking uke you put together.

14twelve
06-08-2008, 03:36 AM
Hey Russ, that's a great looking uke!! I love the sound hole! So cute.
I definitely think you need to include your dog in your next video :)
Did it take long to make it? Looks like it was fun.

14twelve
06-08-2008, 03:59 AM
that's very cool! if i had the skills, i'd computerize my dog as well. but i'll have to settle for snapping a ridiculous amount of photos instead. my wife and i bust out our cell phones to show people photos of our dog all the time. no kids, ya see.;)

I'm the same with my cat. Again, no kids ;)
I have hundreds of photos of Bailey and show them to anyone who's interested. Here are just a few photos (http://picasaweb.google.com/14twelve/Bailey) if anyone would like to see him :)

Plainsong, I had a look at your website - Pixie is very cute!! I had a dachshund when I was a child, so have always had a soft spot for them.

russ_buss
06-08-2008, 06:17 AM
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Did it take long to make it? Looks like it was fun.

not long at all. one day to lacquer the neck, headstock and tuner assembly. most of that is just waiting around for stuff to dry so i could do several coats.

then day two is cutting the soundhole and then assembly. very quick and lots of fun!


I'm the same with my cat. Again, no kids ;)
I have hundreds of photos of Bailey and show them to anyone who's interested. Here are just a few photos (http://picasaweb.google.com/14twelve/Bailey) if anyone would like to see him :)


your cat is so cute. very unique looking. in some of those pics, he looks almost like a stuffed animal. those eyes!!!!

my favorite shot:
http://lh6.ggpht.com/14twelve/RXvZdchpwpI/AAAAAAAAADg/BJcxZa-OvIA/DSC01166a.jpg?imgmax=640
"can somebody grab me a diet coke from the fridge? i don't want to miss this commercial...*scratches self*"

SailQwest
06-08-2008, 06:57 AM
I might have to get a kit for Rich. Then we can turn it into a beach hooch-a-lele! Music and booze at the beach...what could be better!

Also, I enjoy seeing everyone's cute animal pictures! It's nice to see that other people are so ga-ga over their pets!!!

14twelve
06-08-2008, 06:36 PM
Just saw the video on YouTube!! The cigar box ukulele looks great, and has a really nice tone and very unique sound. I love the soundhole. You did a great job with making it.

And you have the most gorgeous dog ever! Was great seeing him in a video. I hope he features in more of your videos :)

14twelve
06-08-2008, 06:51 PM
my favorite shot:
http://lh6.ggpht.com/14twelve/RXvZdchpwpI/AAAAAAAAADg/BJcxZa-OvIA/DSC01166a.jpg?imgmax=640
"can somebody grab me a diet coke from the fridge? i don't want to miss this commercial...*scratches self*"

LOL! That's my favourite too - the look on his face. He really looked like he was chilling out watching tv.

russ_buss
06-08-2008, 07:04 PM
Just saw the video on YouTube!! The cigar box ukulele looks great, and has a really nice tone and very unique sound. I love the soundhole. You did a great job with making it.

And you have the most gorgeous dog ever! Was great seeing him in a video. I hope he features in more of your videos :)

thanks for the feedback Michelle! more dog videos? for sure. but only if you make some with your cat.:D

14twelve
06-09-2008, 04:01 PM
thanks for the feedback Michelle! more dog videos? for sure. but only if you make some with your cat.:D

*sigh* I haven't even made one video yet other than the competition one (which I feel kind of bad about seeing I've been enjoying everyone elses so much). As soon as I can play something that's not full of mistakes I will though! And I'm sure Bailey would be happy to join in. :D

alden
06-09-2008, 05:14 PM
good job on the uke my friend. love the paw hole. who came up with that idea? got to see the vid with the new fire pit.