Bell Uke Uke Case Finished

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I thought I'd make a case in the shape of my Ohana Bell Uke. Easier said than done. With so many curves, every step of the way was a challenge, even the interior. Because of the shape, hinges won't work, so I'm using four hasps to keep the lid in place. I'm going to make the interior a bit neater, and I ordered rubber bumpers for the bottom. My next case is going to be a simple rectangle.

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I thought I'd make a case in the shape of my Ohana Bell Uke. Easier said than done. With so many curves, every step of the way was a challenge, even the interior. Because of the shape, hinges won't work, so I'm using four hasps to keep the lid in place. I'm going to make the interior a bit neater, and I ordered rubber bumpers for the bottom. My next case is going to be a simple rectangle.

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Wow, great job! Looks professional...
 
Challenge is an understatement, Jerry. You did a fantastic job, outside and inside. It really did come out nice. Appreciate you letting us see it. I'm impressed.
 
Excellent work, really doesn’t look like a first go at making that shape. I particularly like the Elmer the Patchwork Elephant interior.

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Very cool Jerry!
 
Building a case is not an easy task, especially in an unusual shape (like yours)!!
The case looks awesome !! I especially like the lining.
Great job!
 
Nice job on the case, and I love that uke!
 
That is a beautiful case, Jerry, and a compliment to your talents.

People often ask, “Is that a violin?” whenever I carry one of my ukes around. I’d be curious to know what the general public thinks when it sees your case!
 
Awesome case Jerry. Love the interior. Super tweed looking exterior. The hardware and handle are the perfect touches.
 
Impressive! How did you do it? Is it cardboard wrapped in cloth? I started a case a while ago, but got stuck dealing with the curvy lining/padding. I used these instructions. https://www.instructables.com/a-cardboard-ukulele-case/

One day I'll figure it out. https://photos.app.goo.gl/e2gAzxpsfuKCt4Tg7

The sides are a double layer of "hobby wood" from Amazon, 12" x 12" x 1.5mm. I cut it to the height I wanted with the grain vertical. After gluing one layer in place, I added another layer to the inside. The top and bottom are 1/8" plywood, covered with Tolex from Stew-Mac. The body doesn't look so good without the Tolex. 😁

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I saw that Instructables article. Your case looks great. Did you paint the design? I'm not very good at painting. I wanted to make a Winter Uke out of a Fluke, but the painting didn't turn out very well. I have a few months before winter arrives.
 
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The sides are a double layer of "hobby wood" from Amazon, 12" x 12" x 1.5mm. I cut it to the height I wanted with the grain vertical. After gluing one layer in place, I added another layer to the inside. The top and bottom are 1/8" plywood, covered with Tolex from Stew-Mac. The body doesn't look so good without the Tolex. 😁

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I saw that Instructables article. Your case looks great. Did you paint the design? I'm not very good at painting. I wanted to make a Winter Uke out of a Fluke, but the painting didn't turn out very well. I have a few months before winter arrives.
Cool. Thanks for sharing, Jerry.

Mine is cardboard, painted w/wood hardener (I think), then some layers of papier-mache, then acrylic paint, then a spray of some kind of ModPodge that is supposed to prevent it from being sticky. The decoration is a decal set. Then more ModPodge to keep it down. I used cosplay foam to pad the interior. Getting the velvet (to cover the foam) glued in cleanly is what's hanging me up. I chased down some good hinges and clasps. Not sure what to do about a handle yet. I made it for an old Kumulae-style uke, which will look great in it if I ever get it done.
 
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