Drill hole for strap button?

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Have you done it or would you recommend drilling a hole for a strap button on or near the heel (or anywhere else) on a mid-range cost ukulele? I have done it to less expensive ukes.

I just don’t love tying on the strap with a string or leather strap anywhere above the nut. I find it annoying. I am also not a fan of straps that go around the neck and hook onto the soundhole :(
 
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I always do it and I am not exactly what you would call a very handy man. It is really easy. The problem is that the side of the heel into which you drill is usually curved and it is difficult to get the hole started without the drill bit bouncing around. So I put down several layers of masking tape so that I have something mushy into which to press my drill bit. Then I drill through the tape and into the wood. And that's it. The only other consideration is to make sure you don't drill too close to the body of the ukulele because then your strap pin is too close and it is difficult to slip the strap on when there isn't sufficient room.
 
I always do it and I am not exactly what you would call a very handy man. It is really easy. The problem is that the side of the heel into which you drill is usually curved and it is difficult to get the hole started without the drill bit bouncing around. So I put down several layers of masking tape so that I have something mushy into which to press my drill bit. Then I drill through the tape and into the wood. And that's it. The only other consideration is to make sure you don't drill too close to the body of the ukulele because then your strap pin is too close and it is difficult to slip the strap on when there isn't sufficient room.
Thank you! I know that masking tape is a must for almost any drilling into wood project… especially wood instruments.
 
I've added strap buttons to the heel of the neck often, even on my most expensive ukuleles. For me a strap is an absolute must. There are different positions for the strap button on the heel depending on the design of the heel. In many cases, it can go straight in, or when you're holding the ukulele, the underside of the heel, and sometimes it's even attached to the back where the neck attaches to the body.
 
a bolt on neck will have a bolt in the heel that you need to miss
 
I’ve done it to my two luthier-built sopranos. I use a little jeweler hand drill (just a hand tool, so very easy to control), with the drill bit taped to mark how deep to go and the ukulele also taped. I am cautious and drill twice. First a pilot hole to the right depth with a really skinny drill bit, then a second hole with a drill bit the same width as the core of the screw on my strap pin. Works great, low stress, and I much prefer the ergonomics of playing with a neck heel strap!
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Have you done it or would you recommend drilling a hole for a strap pin on or near the heel (or anywhere else) on a mid-range cost ukulele? I have done it to less expensive ukes.

I just don’t love tying on the strap with a string or leather strap anywhere above the nut. I find it annoying. I am also not a fan of straps that go around the neck and hook onto the soundhole :(

That's what I've always done. Be sure to put a piece of that blue painter's tape over the area first. I like the balance of the strap attached to the heel, rather than the headstock. However, I think I'm going to tie the strap to the headstock on the Revelators, rather than drill a hole.
 
Does it matter where into the heel. For example into the base, the center/front, the top, or the bottom?
It matters for me. I have a uke with the neck button on the side closest to my head, and that uke tends to rotate (strings up toward my face), no doubt helped by my anatomy, lol. Strap button on the floor side of the neck works much better for me. Haven’t tried the back of the neck.
 
floor side for sure. Stewmac sells those little felt discs to place between the button and wood. Waverly strap buttons are my favorite.
Hey Papa John…I am only seeing strap buttons for guitar through Stewmac. Are they different from ukulele buttons?
 
Find buttons that look good - that complement your uke. I don't like the metal ones that are shaped like funnels, but that's just me.
I don’t either, personally. I am just trying to figure out the best location.
 
Some have said that the floor side of the heel is the best place to put the strap button, or I should say the second strap button, but a reviewer had said it was a bad place because it interferes when your hand goes up the neck and it’s annoying. Thoughts?
 
Whenever I had them done by TUS, they placed it on the bottom (floor side) of the heel. I always use two buttons. and followed their example when I put them on myself.
 
Whenever I had them done by TUS, they placed it on the bottom (floor side) of the heel. I always use two buttons. and followed their example when I put them on myself.
What is TUS?
You don‘t find the strap button to get in the way or be generally annoying when you play chords up the neck?
 
What is TUS?
You don‘t find the strap button to get in the way or be generally annoying when you play chords up the neck?
I don’t. I’m new at this, but I haven’t run into issues.
 
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