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12-08-2013, 08:17 AM
I am going to try a uke this winter. I have a neck from a concert uke I tore apart so I will not be tackling that part. I am wondering where I can look to find out how to do this and what I will need. I believe I can do this and my knowledge is zero at this time but I can learn. I appreciate any help you can give in pointing me in the right direction. I am considering something in the pineapple shape to start, it looks easier. Thanks for any help.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
12-08-2013, 08:49 AM
buy a book on how to make a uke. I think there are three on the market.
ebay for parts, and tools

12-08-2013, 09:15 AM
Hi Dean, you will find all ways of bending sides on this forum. I haven't had much luck with the search function but there is a way to use google restricted to just this site. A few days going through threads here will be time well spent.

When I built my first uke I had Hana Lima's construction manual which is very good. It is about a tenor uke with a Spanish neck joint so it wouldn't fit your salvaged concert neck but much of the rest would be applicable.


12-08-2013, 09:21 AM
Build books that I have:

Manual from Hana Lima: http://www.hanalimastore.com/servlet/the-Plans/Categories

Henry Wickham Book: http://www.amazon.com/Ukulele-Design-Construction-comprehenisve-Woodworker/dp/1412039096/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1386532806&sr=8-6&keywords=Ukulele+build

Denis Gilbert Book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Ukulele-Denis-Gilbert/dp/0972879501/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1386532806&sr=8-13&keywords=Ukulele+build

Each book brings it's own strengths and weakenesses to the party plus the authors inluences. I'd recommend the HanaLima without reservation.

I have not seen the new one by Bill Plant: http://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Own-Ukulele-Essential/dp/1565235657/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386532806&sr=8-1&keywords=Ukulele+build

I am still in the reading, accumulating, and design phase right now plus it is too cold to work in the shop.

This forum is an incredible resource and most any question you may have has probably been answered at least 1x.

If you are near Wimington, go check out the Ukulele store out there. They have always been wonderful to me.

A couple of thoughts.

You might want to look into a kit for your first time. Grizzly and Stewart Macdonald for starts.

One build that has fascinated me it the "Youthalele" design by Bradford Donaldson. There are several forum threads on this Uke.

Then there are a metric tonne of YouTube videos. You will just have to slog through them to find builders you like. However, some of the better ones have been posted by forum members along with several build blogs.

12-08-2013, 11:54 AM
Thank you all. I think that might be a good idea to try a kit first. I'll put one on my christmas list..... to myself :)

12-08-2013, 03:27 PM
Google custom search for UU:


Bookmark it and use it often!

12-09-2013, 02:38 AM
thanks Rudy