#1
Trying something a bit different on this one, first time doing an ukulele.



Side bender jig, powered by two 200W light bulbs.



Wenge sides bent



Wenge back glued up



Closeup of strip down center of back (koa stripe w/ bwb purfling)



Gluing back on to sides



Back flush cut to sides



Braces glued up on spruce top



Back and sides ready for top glue up

That's where it's at for now, updates coming soon.
#4
I love it so far. Very nice.
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#5
I love me some good wenge.
Now Wenge on a Uke?
This, I'm interested in. Can't wait.


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#7
I wish there were more builds like this one around here. Electrics are cool to watch come together but acoustic instruments are simply intriguing.
#8
Thanks for the replies.

Ryan, the price was not that bad really. The nice thing about building things this small is that everything is cheap...$15 for the wenge, $7 for the top. The bending jig probably cost around $15 to make. The biggest expense was buying a pre-slotted ebony fretboard ($18). All in all it will probably be less than $100 to build.

Cut the soundhole and bound it with koa:



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#10
Boysie, it's nothing too fancy. Here's a shot of the inside:



Basically, turn on the bulbs until the metal sheets get hot. While I wait I wipe a side down with wet cloth. Once the metal is hot, the side gets sandwiched between the two metal sheets, and I slowly tighten the waist clamp (the part marked "F" in the first picture). Then I attach the springs on the other wooden blocks and slowly move them out from the center to the ends to complete the bend.

Last update for the day, koa strip inlayed in the back, next up binding:

#11
You're the best photoshopper on this site AND you're a great builder. Congrats, sir.
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#14
Is the binding mahogany or koa? What's the neck made of? Looks great, man. I love the wenge.
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#17
haha yeah

I'm not to good at identifying woods, I would have said that neck was more maple like than mahogany from the pictures.
#19
Nice
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#20
I'm really loving this build.
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#23
Been a while, but finally made more progress on this:

Fret marker inlays



Strings!







Still need to work on some parts, then lay down a finish in a few weeks probably. Oh, and get better at playing ukulele so I can put up some half decent sound clips :P
#25
hmm side dots AND fret markers in one eh, thats kinda neeet. i ould have used soemthign other than blue, but the uke looks nice =]
#26
Thanks guys. Jason, it's actually mother of pearl so it's supposed to be white, but since it's sort of clear on black it looks kind of off unless it's in the light. Not sure if this shows it any better..