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    Well I got tired of having to dig thru/shuffle my uke cases around to find the uke I wanted to play (I know...life could be worse...) My user-friendly/customitis syndrome (syndrome in which I must customize everything I own to make it better) got the best of me and I decided....what the heck..might as well modify a case that I already have for books to hold my ukes instead.......and hopefully humidify correctly!! Here it goes:

    3 trips to Home Depot (wood etc etc etc)
    1 trip to fabric store (black velvet)
    1 trip to guitar center (not sure why..ha...they know nothing about ukes)
    13 hours and $186.00 later.....almost finished!

    Items purchased:
    Oak plywood for back wall
    Poplar wood to wrap carpet and then velvet for uke bottom rest
    5 rubber hooks
    Weather proofing to make seal
    Clear caulking for seal of cabinet in other areas
    1 oak post (vertical) to seal doors to
    1 oak post (horizontal) to attach rubber hooks to
    Lots o' wood screws and wood glue
    Pull tight latch system to help seal doors shut

    Still need:
    Western Caliber III hygrometer (abt. $20)
    Some sort of humidifying device (probably something used in a cigar humidor about the size of this cabinet I used)


    Next task is to figure out this whole humidifying/hygrometer thing....
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    Last edited by UKESTAR; 02-13-2008 at 09:22 AM.
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    nice job ukestar. i think ryan said that they were gonna do a how-to pretty soon on a humidifier. i see one problem with your case though..... what if you get more ukes lol. looks good though. i wanna make one now haha

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    i love it! now im going to go through all the furniture i have around the house to see if i can mickey mouse one too! only thing i think i would do different is to have some sort of glass front door so its actually a display also. but hey that works too! i may have to pick your brain a little once i get in gear and get it started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NukeDOC View Post
    i love it! now im going to go through all the furniture i have around the house to see if i can mickey mouse one too! only thing i think i would do different is to have some sort of glass front door so its actually a display also. but hey that works too! i may have to pick your brain a little once i get in gear and get it started.
    Yeh, I sort of considered building glass doors with a wood frame. That would have been hours 13 thru 25 though...hahha. It really does look a lot nicer in person than in the pics too... Yeh..good luck on your DIY case nuker!
    Last edited by UKESTAR; 02-10-2008 at 10:02 AM.
    Where are the other two strings?

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    Thumbs up Great Work

    Looks nice, Hows the Hummidity part workin so far? I onlly have one ukulele so its not practical for me right now but in the future its a deff. i couls also put my guitars inside.....

    Didnt read all your post but what about a cigar hummidifier. they have the guages and everything on them.....
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    Cool Viper's beads

    I have been looking at humidors for cigars since they are more similar to my cabinet set up. I came across a bunch of cigar afficionados who seem to like using viper's beads to regulate humidity for their humidors.

    The only problem is that the lowest humidity the beads regulate at is 65% which I think is a bit too high for what is recommended for ukes/guitars.

    I believe the best humidity for ukes is between 45 and 55%, although I think between 42 and 70% is OK...
    Where are the other two strings?

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    A buddy of mine, his dad owns a ciggar shop down here in long beach. ill see if i can get a hold of him and see if he knows were you can get a humidor to stay as low a 40% you might even try using a wet towel and putt breather holes on the cab. and i know you can get a himmidity meter at a local pet store they use them for frogs and lizards and stuff like that. i would get the towel wet and put it at the bottom and then get the whole down right before you put the ukes back inside. That might be a cheap route, just change the towel often so you dont get that musty smell. (shivers)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howlie Boy View Post
    A buddy of mine, his dad owns a ciggar shop down here in long beach. ill see if i can get a hold of him and see if he knows were you can get a humidor to stay as low a 40% you might even try using a wet towel and putt breather holes on the cab. and i know you can get a himmidity meter at a local pet store they use them for frogs and lizards and stuff like that. i would get the towel wet and put it at the bottom and then get the whole down right before you put the ukes back inside. That might be a cheap route, just change the towel often so you dont get that musty smell. (shivers)

    Howlie Boy
    Thanks...yeh, ask him about that for me. I have noticed that cigar owners are concerned about mold and use anti-mold solutions that are added to the water of the humidifier sometimes. I wonder if the towel could lead to mold on your instrument....hmm?

    Living in San Diego, that is not super high or low on the RH scale, I am still not sure if I even need to humidify the cabinet or not. The AVG. RH outside in SD yearly is about 70%.

    Ideally, you want something between 45 and 55% for your wood uke.

    Now I need to buy a hygrometer to measure what is going on inside my house and cabinet system.

    Something that Aldrine did not mention in the DIY humidifyer article was the use of both heating and air conditioning inside your house and what that does to your instruments...........bad news if not careful!! Heating and AC can change the humidity level extremely fast and is very dangerous to your uke because your uke does not even have a chance to respond to the quick fluctuation in RH levels.........
    Where are the other two strings?

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    Aldrine just hit up with a new uke minute and shows how to make a case humidifier with a Pez dispenser haha. about a 4 dollar cost. But has anyone ever seen a Planet Waves Small instrument humidifier at their local stores. I got one and it was only 15 bucks at my local store, some stores when i googled sold them for 10 bucks online don't know about S/H tho. but heres a pic. just thought i'd share.



    The Guitar humidifier Comes with a sensor also
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulele_Junkie View Post
    Aldrine just hit up with a new uke minute and shows how to make a case humidifier with a Pez dispenser haha. about a 4 dollar cost. But has anyone ever seen a Planet Waves Small instrument humidifier at their local stores. I got one and it was only 15 bucks at my local store, some stores when i googled sold them for 10 bucks online don't know about S/H tho. but heres a pic. just thought i'd share.



    The Guitar humidifier Comes with a sensor also
    I have heard the sensor or hygrometer on the planet waves is not reliable. I have read a lot of positive reviews on the Western Calibration III hygro if it matters to you at all...
    Where are the other two strings?

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