View Full Version : Lacewood skeleton build

lefty dan
07-21-2010, 06:43 AM
So a couple days ago I wanted to start a new build. I looked at buying more koa. Then Thought Id buy Black walnut. More wood more cost. I looked at my shop and under all the saw dust are parts ! Yep Im making a skeleton uke. I have two necks. One concert and one soprano from I dont know where.
I have some lace wood and decided to build only from parts and wood I already have.
Because I built a jig from my last concert I decided to make the body concert size. I want to get rid of the soprano neck so Im going to make a long neck in reverse. Concert body/soprano neck. Lets see what happens.
I still have a lot of work to do on the body. Sanding the bracing and getting the extra glue off but. I wanted to show ya. Lacewood top back and sides. Mahogany kerfing on top and sound hole patch. Spruce kerfing on the bottom. Oh yea this is the first time Im going to try a flat neck to body.

This could be fun. Don't know what it will sound like ? ( oh yea there is that ).


07-21-2010, 07:02 AM
What are you going to call this inverse super concert body style?! haha

lefty dan
07-21-2010, 07:18 AM
yea what if people love the inverse super ! I could make billion's !!

07-21-2010, 07:21 AM
so...its not my eyes playing tricks on me? :D

07-21-2010, 07:35 AM
Cool. I love projects made with left-overs.
Are you going to keep the soprano scale length or do something like a 10th fret neck joint?

07-21-2010, 08:01 AM
I'd vote 10th fret neck joint, just for visual appeal..
Then again...this is a skeleton build, so why not make it a little different!

lefty dan
07-21-2010, 11:04 AM
Gotta tell ya I dont know what exactly a ten fret neck is. I assume its when the neck stops at the tenth fret. Im going to put the soprano neck on at the twelfth fret and a soprano bridge and saddle. Same soprano scale. Bigger body. What do ya think it will sound like?
I want to use the soprano neck but its giving me problems. I could use the concert neck I have but the sopranos neck is almost done and the concert is not even close to being done.

07-22-2010, 12:41 AM
Cool. I love projects made with left-overs.

You've never tasted sweet & sour chilli con carne!

07-22-2010, 08:01 AM
if you use the soprano neck with a body/neck at the 12th fret you'll have to move the bridge up to work with the short scale length. The bridge saddele will be a around 6.75" from the neck joint on a soprano scale, and around 7.5" for a concert.
Now that your bridge patch is in place though...you're scale length is pretty much set.

lefty dan
07-23-2010, 11:36 AM
Not to fear ! I put the bridge/saddle where it needs to be for the soprano scale. When I said concert or soprano neck it was already decided and in place.

Ahnko Honu
07-23-2010, 11:52 AM
I'm sure you're already aware of it but just case other's aren't Lacewood aka Silky Oak is toxic with severe allergic reactions from the saw dust both inhaling but also with just contact with skin especially if you're sweating. Very common tree in upcountry Maui with awesome grain but seldom worked there due to reactions especially from those with allergies to mango (toxin similar to poison oak). Wear a respirator if possible as a cheap dust mask don't cut it, and wear a long sleeve shirt and long pants or better yet a jump suit you can take off before entering the house. I'm personally not partcularly sensitive to the dust but have seem people who are. Ear-pod even worse wood, worked with it once and that was enough, super bad news that one. ;)

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
07-23-2010, 12:39 PM
Maybe it's not the same wood as the silver oak we're used to. Most of the silver oak I've seen has been real blond.

Ahnko Honu
07-23-2010, 08:29 PM
Maybe it's not the same wood as the silver oak we're used to. Most of the silver oak I've seen has been real blond.

Could be a colloquial name for another species besides Grevillea robusta that is common in Dan's area. Silky Oak/Silver Oak/ Lacewood (Grevillea robusta) is native to Australia and introduced to Hawai'i being especially common in Upcountry, Maui, and Kaloko on the Kona side of the Big Island.
The Silky Oak found here in Hawai'i looks to be the same wood used by Kala in their Lacewood 'ukuleles.

mm stan
07-23-2010, 10:14 PM
Aloha Dan,
Sounds like you've got a cool project going there, Keep us updated....with pic's too...
You mentioned black walnut, I've always wanted a black walnut back and sides ukulele
with a sprucetop...I wondered what kind of tone it would have and how it would sound...I could
only imagine how much such a ukulele would cost too. Any inputs would be appricated!!
wonder if it would have a deep rich guitar sound or retain the classic uke sound...HMMM MM Stan...
BTW...is that bracing under the soundboard called the fan style bracing??

Uncle Rod Higuchi
07-25-2010, 06:57 AM
I think Mele has a Concert body, soprano neck uke called "Jumbo".

I think it's a neat idea.

Will you be selling it when you're done? I might be interested!

I play a soprano, mostly for strumming, and I think a Concert body could make it mellower!

Keep uke'in',

lefty dan
07-25-2010, 07:38 AM
Rod, Im a new builder but if your intrested I just may sell it after Im done. Will let ya know how it turns out. Maybe I can sell for scrap wood to start a fire. Ha Ha
MM Stan I think the bracing is called fan bracing.

lefty dan
07-25-2010, 04:02 PM
Rod you got me motivated today I attached the neck to the body. Glue and bolts. I also joined the back halves. I put a back strip on it and if you look close you will see that I used four slices of wood. I think it will work out but no guarantees.
Just a fun build, especially for a new builder. I have a lot of sanding to do to the inside of the body, braces and such. The neck needs a lot of work. I think I will glue on some ears and make the head stock a little different.