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Monday, December 31, 2007

Bending jig in the making

Everything has to happen during short bursts of activity, since my kids need attention. In the background you can see my dad teaching my son to sharpen knives, while I'm glueing parts together.

Sunday, December 30, 2007


Wood. A very good reason to love MDF. Hopefully it won't affect the result too much. I got scared though, had I been slightly more careless I would have had fewer fingers to play the uke with.


With the templates screwed on, I use a router to get the parts identical. This proved to be both dangerous and difficult.


Rough cut with a jigsaw. Haven't bought a bandsaw yet, and I'll have to cope without one.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Designing my tenor using CAD software. I must have looked on 1000 ukes on the internet, so the design is not really my own.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wood 4

For some reason someone has traced the contour of a jumbo-sized uke on the board. With a bit of luck, each piece should be enough for one soprano and one tenor. 12 ukes...

Wood 3

Grain seems tight and good. This is cedar.

Wood 2

Also some basswood for kerfing.


At last and finally! Today my soundboards arrived.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Tools 3

My son was very happy with the result, and immediatly claimed the best one. No time for spool clamps this weekend, unfortunately.

Tools 2

Nearly done


Fingerplanes in the making

Uke shop

Workshop, with dad in the background.

Friday, October 26, 2007

More stuff

This will become 35 spoolclamps. Notice the cute little square I found.

First wood

African mahogany for back and sides. A bit thin, but I'll manage if I'm careful.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Friday, September 7, 2007

Uke 10

My son made a label. He's very proud of it.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Uke 9


Uke 8


Uke 7

Ok, so I got some help.

Uke 6

Fretted neck and body.

Uke 5

Bracing the spruce top

Uke 4

Glueing bottom. My son in the background.

Uke 3

Glueing braces, for arched bottom

Uke 2

Reducing the maple bottom w a chisel, and then a belt sander.

Uke kit

Contents of the box

Saturday, July 7, 2007

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Vi hittar en stubbe där ekorrar ätit kottar.