Thickness sander - if you read this: you have one week to change that crappy attitude, or you're going back to being a lathe. I mean it.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
But what do I do? I renovate an old plane and start jointing and bookmatching some koa sets I got this summer. And who will get the three koa ukes I'll build? Me, Mange and Robin of course...
No sanding this weekend. Got stuck in Tbilisi because of fog over the airport. But on Saturday, I promise.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Thickness sanding this weekend. It makes too much noise to do in the evenings. And I need to empty the dust collector.
Maybe I could make Robin do that for me?
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
And we found some very nice cedar for the new soundboard. From Rob C, even.
Bad news: it was a lot more broken than I would imagine possible.
Good news 1: it was just the top, sides and back were intact.
Good news 2: I handled the encounter better than I thought I would. Lump in throat but no tears.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
And I put the new strap button in the neck block. And now I'll tell Aya it's done, I've looked forward to that.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The one with the walnut stripe is most likely for Ian, the one with the blonde stripe will be offered to Andy in Switzerland.
The third might go far far away.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
My witty and accidentally comical buddy Brian D Newman (D is for dungarees) have made the epic mistake of selling some really nice ukes to make room for this tiny piece of ... wood.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
On the bench you should be able to see the boxes. Tops are trimmed, but so far no soundholes. They're very different from each other...
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The soundboard side of my piccolos have solid linings to maximize the "free" area of the top, but I make my own miniscule kerfed strips for the back side. A bit faster to install, and maybe a stiffer joint. Which ought to be a good thing for the back / sides joint.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The sides on these three (and some more to follow) are a little better than the previous ones. They are closer to being perfectly quarter sawn.
Monday, September 27, 2010
So I made these, and I'll ship them tomorrow to Brad Donaldson in Seattle, who's assembling the uke.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
To learn about french polishing, check out milburnguitar.com. Or milburnguitars. They have an excellent tutorial, as I tried to tell them in an email. But the address was faulty.
Anyone knows how to contact them, tell me pls.
Monday, August 30, 2010
This is standard procedure for most builders, but it's a first for me.
The hinoki soundboard has revealed cross grain curl, and it's gonna be beautiful.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This might be the last you see of this uke. Routing is scary.
Tuners might be fitted on the block at the "end".
Sunday, August 22, 2010
One is for Jyotix, the other one... Erm, wasn't I supposed to check the order book?
And tomorrow I'm getting a better camera for this blog! Hopefully.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I started these two ukuleles on monday, that is the day before yesterday. And I'm alone with the kids (they get fed, don't call the police).
They are very good so far, straight and clean in joints. Tomorrow the backs get glued on, then some heavy sanding in the forest behind my house.
One is destined for Holland, the other one... London? I need to check the order book.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Good thing I am faster than ever. But these are the last two of the old soundboard batch. I need to make more, and that means an intense weekend in the big workshop resawing and thickness sanding.
When am I gonna get time for that?
Sunday, August 1, 2010
This has been one of my fastest builds yet, but the neck was shaped about a year ago. It's the first with a domed soundboard, and I am pleased to say that it is a very clean build. Neck joint is perfect. Bookmatch and line up too.
I have about 72 hours to finish it, and by that I mean put a finish on. I'll decide upon method tomorrow, Danish oil is an option.
Soundhole shape is a secret so far.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Here's the fret slot cutting jig that I'm so proud of, clamped to the piccolo. It does have great advantages to build outdoors; the light is many times better than in my workshop.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
(Don't answer that, I know - maybe the same people buying thrown-together ukes from me...)
Saturday, June 26, 2010
the bandsaw. The fretboards are for sopranos of course. I have to work
super fast next week, too bad I have a terrible workload at the office
Monday, June 21, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
neck is carved and bolted on, and solid linings are installed.
Jukka's little piccolo is my fastest build ever, the back is glued and
soon only fretting and bridge work remains.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
is not finished yet, I'm gonna make a rebate where the roughly cut
soundboard fits. And I need better spacers to hold the sides firmly.
But I never had a better glueing experience than this! I need one of
these moulds for each size, obviously.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The alder tenor has gotten its' sides bent, blocks glued in place and
solid linings installed on the soundboard side. And I chose to build
it with a bolt-on neck since I think that gives me more control
aligning and fitting.
A new little piccolo is taking shape alongside the tenor, sides bent
and blocks and linings glued, neck almost completely carved.
But the best thing is I really upgraded my piccolo mould, I put
threaded inserts around it so I won't have to use string when glueing
the top and back. It looks almost half semi-professional I think. I am
so proud. I have to make one for my next tenor.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
spruce top. It was below the bridge and my longest tiny clamp could
just reach the little caul's closest end. So I made a hinged strut
with a long handle and attached it to the caul. Mending patch was
stuck to the caul by winding tape with the sticky side out around the
caul, and the clamp was superglued to it. After getting the clamp
fastened I could push the handle to raise the strut, making it push
the patch up against the top.
The mock-up in the pic is an attempt to show it, I don't have a uke
split on the bandsaw yet.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
variable speed. I am now in the process of converting it to a sturdy
It has a 25 mm groove where a piece of wood will hold the bottom
plate, then the usual arrangement with a pivoting table and a dust
The drum will be wooden discs glued together, I just remembered my dad
had a lot of those lying around since making a bunch of holes once. He
saved them for my kids to play with, so it's almost the intended use.