View Full Version : OceanSide Dreams Ukulele build #1

11-04-2011, 10:22 AM
Hey everyone, This is my first ukulele build. I have a couple of guitar builds under my belt and thought I would give some uke's a shot. I have to give a big shout out and thanks to lefty dan (a Senior Member of the boards) for donating the lacewood for this build. Without his generosity this build may have never happened.

Most of my knowledge of luthier and fine wood working comes from and has been adapted from "Guitarmaking, tradition and technology: a complete reference for the design & construction of the steel-string folk guitar & the classical guitar" by William R. Cumpiano, Jonathan D. Natelson. I have also used/seen/read many of the videos, posts and articles from the remarkable members of this board and others.

With all of my builds I am not trying to re-invent the wheel but just make it roll as smooth as possible. With all that being said I bring you the beginning of OceanSide Dreams Ukulele!

I had so much fun and was so pleased with the results of this 1st build I currently have 4 tenors in the build process. I never sell the 1st 3 builds I do but the 4th one may be for sale. If anyone is interested feel free to pm me. I will also try to to get a video of all of them I make up for sound samples and to give everyone a little better look.

All the best!

This first build is a Solid Lacewood Super Soprano. It has a traditional soprano body with a 14.7" scale and concert size hand carved mahogany bolt on neck, Rosewood bridge with hand carved wave wings, Bone nut and saddle, Hand carved wave headstock with dark redwood overlay, custom stone inlay from New Burnswick (personal momento from there) on headstock and 12 th fret, 15 total frets with 12 to body, Ebony fingerboard with custom wave after last fret, Herringbone center strip on back and bottom, dream perloid green rosette, and Grover geared tuners.

This first pic is of the rough lace29627 wood with a rough pattern sketched out. The back herringbone center stripe has also been glued in.

11-04-2011, 10:29 AM
Here are pics of the rough sides after being bent on the bending Iron. 29628

11-04-2011, 10:32 AM
Here is the Kerfing being glued on after the head and tail blocks have been glued in.29631

11-04-2011, 10:36 AM
Top being glued on to the sides after having been braced with hand carved spruce bracing and bridge plate glued in.29632

11-04-2011, 10:43 AM
Rosette in but not yet sanded and rough shape of top cut out but not yet sanded.29633

11-04-2011, 10:46 AM
Rough shape of back cut out with rough shape of bracing in before final shaping and sanding. Label glued on.2963429635

11-04-2011, 10:50 AM
rough, rough, rough shape of neck before carving.29636

11-04-2011, 10:53 AM
Neck carving with heel block rough carved.29637

11-04-2011, 10:56 AM
Fingerboard glued on.29638

11-04-2011, 10:58 AM
Headstock overlay on with inlay before being sanded and 1229639th fret inlay in.

11-04-2011, 11:00 AM

11-04-2011, 11:04 AM
Front and back before Tru Oil finish.2964129642

11-04-2011, 11:07 AM
Tuners installed and neck on. 29643 Final pics coming soon......

11-04-2011, 11:30 AM
Tuners installed and neck on. 29643 Final pics coming soon......

How did you do the neck attachment GI8121? Did you do a bolt-on, mortise and tenon? Just curious, I'm thinking of trying some different neck attachment processes. Thanks for your journey. You're doing a great job!

lefty dan
11-04-2011, 11:54 AM
That looks great. Im glad you could use the wood and it is turning out so good.

Lefty Dan

11-04-2011, 06:46 PM
It is a bolt on neck. After doing a little reading and from suggestions of others I went with the bolt on. Both have advantages and disadvantages but the bolt on just seems to make the most sense to me right now. In a couple of weeks I may change my mind though.

11-04-2011, 06:50 PM
I also forgot to mention that the back is curved at 15'. I really love the dome backs. It just gives a more full punchy sound to my ears.

11-08-2011, 07:10 PM
Here are the final Pics set 129749297502975129752

11-08-2011, 07:17 PM
set 2 of final pics 29753297542975529756

11-08-2011, 07:23 PM
Video with sound sample coming soon..... I think, if I can figure out how to post on youtube.

Also build 2 (Flamed maple Tenor with bearclaw spruce top) is complete with the exception of the final steps of the neck. Build 3 and 4 well on the way. 3 is a Tenor walnut with blearclaw spruce top. 4 is a Tenor Flamed Mahogany with slightly redish hue spruce top. 5 will be a claro figured walnut Tenor with spruce top.