Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
the pic. Alder is a wonderful wood to work with, carves like butter.
The stripe is both for looks and for strength.
Those of you reading this, send a happy thought to Andy, he's gonna be
Sunday, January 24, 2010
- Fourth piccolo sides, with end block glued in.
- Thick piece of basswood bent to be sliced and used as solid linings.
- Alder sides for Andy's soprano, with blocks glued.
- Two almost ready piccolos. The one with the strings awaits final
- Walnut sides for pineapple, blocks glued.
- Neck for pineapple, with maple stripe.
- Back and soundboard for pineapple, sanded to thickness in my sander.
- Alder neck with mahogany stripe.
- Soundboard and back of alder, sanded to thickness.
- Robert's piccolo with the back glued, ready for fret slotting with
the perspex jig.
I really ought to finish some of them.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
whole idea wasn't flawed.
It sounds really good. So the project continues! Still need to sand
the sides properly and finish it. The one with the fretboard got it's
bridge today, significantly lower than the first which is in island
style and a slightly big neck angle. This one also needs sanding.
I put out a request for a helper (slave) to do my sanding, on the
swedish forum. But no one answered. The solution is, of course, to
build some machine or a multi-radii sanding block.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Last night I got to see a couple of Argapas when me, Mange and Robin (BaronK of Youtube fame) got together to drink beer and jam a bit. You can see the result on Youtube, at
Saturday, January 9, 2010
of top and back halves for Markus' pineapple and while the glue dries
I'm bracing Robert's piccolo. The neck isn't attached, it is only
lying there to make the uke look like a uke.
I even made a jigsaw puzzle with Johan on the bandsaw.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
them set in the form over night. Maybe they'll need some adjusting or
final setting on the bending iron. I'll put that to good use when I
bend the sides for the pineapple. I have no bending jig for those
(yet) so it will be done freehand on the iron.
Dark line on inside near waist is from a marker I foolishly used on
the foil to keep the side centered, it will be sanded and removed
Andy, I promise.
once more until dry. Hopefully springback will be minimal.
These posts are being made in real time, so you get the idea of how
long it takes me.
Alder - bends like butter, smells like a sauna! Wonderful!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
to decide the shape of the new uke. It's gonna be the same length as
my regular sopranos, but without the waist the soundboard will be a
whole lot bigger.
What will it sound like..?
am really happy the way things turned out - the planks were even
better than I thought.
Now I sort of need a pineapple mold for Markus' ukulele... but I'll
fix the necks first I think. I already made a neck of walnut, but this
is darker and prettier so I'll just have to make a new one from the
Monday, January 4, 2010
on piccolo number 3 and started carving the neck of number 4.
Tomorrow I'm off to the big saws to resaw walnut, alder and some more
cherry. Oh and maybe some other wood as well.