View Full Version : When are you supposed to thickness body wood?

08-04-2014, 03:57 PM
This is probably a dumb question, but I just got my ukulele wood (yay!) and I'm trying to figure out if I'm supposed to get the wood to the correct thickness right after I have the boards jointed and glued together or after I've cut out the body shape.
I feel like it's supposed to be before I cut out the body shape, but I'm not sure?

08-04-2014, 08:27 PM
I always cut the body shape before sanding down to thickness ..can't see the point in sanding material that i'm going to throw away :)

08-05-2014, 01:11 AM
Either works, but I usually cut the body shape first, then thickness.

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
08-05-2014, 03:25 AM
I sand to thickness first then cut to shape. That way the excess can be used for binding as it will be .080" :)

08-05-2014, 04:27 AM
For guitars I cut the shape out first. For ukulele, I need as much space as I can get to hold onto it :p And it's so little material overall that making a few more wood chips isn't a big waste of effort.

08-05-2014, 04:44 PM
Depends how you're thinning it. If planing, that square edge and extra area can be handy to hold the wood. If sanding, I'd cut it off first

Kent Chasson
08-06-2014, 08:00 AM
If drum sanding, I leave it rectangular. Otherwise the thickness will can vary as the sander tends to remove more wood at the narrower areas in the waist and upper bout.