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Timbuck
05-14-2011, 06:58 AM
I'm building a batch of soprano's next 12 in total 4 style O...4 style 1...and 4 style 2.
so I started with this...Guess what it's going to be:D
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/drilled.jpg

new wave ukulele
05-14-2011, 06:59 AM
couple boards with holes in them?

fahrner
05-14-2011, 07:06 AM
Its a salmon slicer.

didgeridoo2
05-14-2011, 07:16 AM
Reminds me of the peg wall from Vision Quest. Am I right?

UncleElvis
05-14-2011, 07:29 AM
a stand-up double bass... -ulele!

Timbuck
05-14-2011, 07:36 AM
No..No and No!..it's this device I pinched from "Taylor guitars";) it's to speed up side bending....Usually I leave the sides in the bender until they are cold to eliminate springback..Now I take them out still hot and put them in this "jig former thingy" to hold them in shape... while I put another pair of sides in the still hot bender..I bent seven side sets with this method in 1 1/2 hours .
IT HOLDS SIX SIDE SETS
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/inuse.jpg

FULL HOUSE
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0007-1.jpg

didgeridoo2
05-14-2011, 07:45 AM
That's cool too, I suppose.

But, seriously, you're stepping up production Ken. Good for you! Your ukes are beautiful and I hope to have the pleasure of playing one someday.

Can't wait to see your style 2 models.

UncleElvis
05-14-2011, 07:46 AM
ok, that's pretty frickin' cool, I gotta say!

UkeforJC
05-14-2011, 07:48 AM
Aw ...Man...
That is just too cool....way too cool..
It really makes my day...haha.
Thanks for sharing.

Timbuck
05-14-2011, 07:52 AM
That's cool too, I suppose.

But, seriously, you're stepping up production Ken. Good for you! Your ukes are beautiful and I hope to have the pleasure of playing one someday.

Can't wait to see your style 2 models.

I'm hoping it will look something like this one....Too many "cools" for me:confused:..are they short of "adjectives" in the US :D
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/style2uke.jpg

Gmoney
05-14-2011, 07:55 AM
One of those is mine - I am going to have to own one of these beauties when they are done!

UncleElvis
05-14-2011, 08:00 AM
CLEVER!

THAT was the word I wanted to use.

That's pretty frickin' clever.

didgeridoo2
05-14-2011, 08:06 AM
I'm hoping it will look something like this one....Too many "cools" for me:confused:..are they short of "adjectives" in the US :D
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/style2uke.jpg

It's the economy, Ken. Talk isn't really cheap like the saying goes.

How about badass? Your new contraption is definitely badass.

mm stan
05-14-2011, 08:20 AM
Aloha Tim,
Definetely Ingenious...for multiple sides and ukes....thanks for sharing...MM Stan

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-14-2011, 09:59 AM
Clever. If i wore socks I'd use it to hang my socks on to dry. I don't know why you just don't slam the sides in the molds when they're still warm. That's what I do when I bend 8 sides in a couple of hours and you're ensured of a perfect fit.

Timbuck
05-14-2011, 10:20 AM
Clever. If i wore socks I'd use it to hang my socks on to dry. I don't know why you just don't slam the sides in the molds when they're still warm. That's what I do when I bend 8 sides in a couple of hours and you're ensured of a perfect fit.
I only have one mold... as for this device "the Wife" thinks it's a shoe rack or something like that..And i'll "up" your "8 sides per 2 hours" ..and I'll do 10 sides in 1 hour:rolleyes:....I'll most likely have to redo them at a later stage tho' :o

SweetWaterBlue
05-14-2011, 11:05 AM
They remind me of the cooling form that DaveG uses in one of his hot pipe side bending videos, except I think he only sets them up to hold one set of sides at a time, and the form only has one flat side with the pegs sticking straight up. You have a regular ukulele factory going on with yours.

Vic D
05-14-2011, 11:37 AM
I had a similar device in mind but in mine the sides would be stacked vertically with divider plates in between each run of four or so sets. This is a simpler and better solution.

Cool... :P

Pete Howlett
05-14-2011, 12:33 PM
Some of us still hand bend = no setting in the form:)
Pete the ludite....

Pete Howlett
05-14-2011, 12:35 PM
Some of us still hand bend = no setting in the form:)
Pete the ludite....

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-14-2011, 01:32 PM
It's about doing it better, not necessarily faster. Your stick machine will never match the contours as closely as the molds will. I only build four ukes at a time so it's no hardship to have four molds around.

Timbuck
05-20-2011, 08:15 AM
The Jet 10-20 drum sander certainly speeds things up..I managed to get this lot done today right from scratch, including rosette inlays. and I enjoyed every minute making e'm:D.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0017.jpg

Timbuck
05-23-2011, 09:36 AM
Well it's been 10 days since I started this batch...thats 7 done and 5 more to go..then i'll start on the trimmings..I made the necks weeks ago.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0023-2.jpg

Timbuck
05-31-2011, 07:58 AM
A couple of weeks ago I bought two "bass guitar" rosewood fingerboard blanks on E-bay..Today I converted them into this lot.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0024-2.jpg

tattwo
05-31-2011, 09:09 AM
Beautiful work.....great pictures

aMawds
05-31-2011, 04:25 PM
You should uhh.. give me one =D No, doubt that would happen but if I could only get my hands on a ukulele with some type of real build quality I would freak. I wanted to try something new so my dad just ordered a km-150 kentucky mandolin for my birthday last week. I'm 17 btw. I have a 40 dollar soprano uke, but it's gotten to the point that intonation is keeping me from really advancing with it. Oh well. ANYWAY! These look awesome so far. Can't wait to see the finished project, expect drooling =P

bbycrts
05-31-2011, 07:43 PM
You should uhh.. give me one =D No, doubt that would happen but if I could only get my hands on a ukulele with some type of real build quality I would freak. I wanted to try something new so my dad just ordered a km-150 kentucky mandolin for my birthday last week. I'm 17 btw. I have a 40 dollar soprano uke, but it's gotten to the point that intonation is keeping me from really advancing with it. Oh well. ANYWAY! These look awesome so far. Can't wait to see the finished project, expect drooling =P

Ken sells them on eBay when he's done with them...hopefully he'll give us the link (hint, hint!). See what they go for and maybe you'll get lucky!

aMawds
06-01-2011, 06:25 PM
Makes me want to go make a bunch of money and save it for just that.. haha

Timbuck
06-18-2011, 04:01 AM
After a few days rest..It's time to start on the style 2's.. I couldn't find a source for the exact binding I required so I bought some single B/W binding strips and a laminator jig thingy from Stewmac and made up my own..and it worked out quite well.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0003-6.jpg
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0010-4.jpg

strumsilly
06-18-2011, 04:24 AM
I hope you" mess "one up again and put it on as a factory 2nd, now that it looks like you really have a factory. I bid on the last one but didn't get it. :(

Uke Whisperer
06-18-2011, 05:46 AM
[QUOTE=Timbuck;693446]A couple of weeks ago I bought two "bass guitar" rosewood fingerboard blanks on E-bay..Today I converted them into this lot.

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NOW (as a famous person once said) now that is "BAD-ASS"!

Vic D
06-18-2011, 06:07 AM
They're awesome Ken :)