Tuesday, December 27, 2011
You'll see where all this leads soon.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
And the best things about it; no dust! No noise! No cumbersome sled jig for the lethal router! I'm so happy.
The radius I chose for the dish is 2500 mm.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
A lot of pieces will be joined, the result should be stunning (well, if everything goes according to my rather dim plan).
Monday, December 12, 2011
These two are among my cleanest builds yet, I'm very anxious to hear what they will sound like.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
In the pic you can see the angle attachment I have for my Proxxon drill. It's as small and versatile as a Dremel, but far superior in quality. The angle attachment makes a loud noise but is essential when I do this.
The procedure is a bit different from the one I use for the piccolos, you should be able to find that in earlier posts.
The hole for the barrel nut is made already.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Now they just need some sanding.
And this was to be a project, this neck carving documentary. I didn't mean it to end this fast. What am I supposed to think of now?
The edge is ground straight on both sides, with no second bevel. Cuts clean and exactly how I want it.
Since I use wooden violin pegs on my ukes I don't worry about the the sides being absolutely parallell - and I quite fancy the tapered headstocks on vintage ukes. On them the tip of the headstock is very thin.
It's nearly done!
These posts have gone out in real time, with a break to play piano with Li.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
With the sharp knives etc etc. Did I mention those before..?
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Next up, some overdue cleaning up.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Some rough shaping first with a japanese hand saw, then a stationary belt sander. But the detailing was all made with knives.
You can also see the mandolin tuners. Turns out they have a huge ratio, I didn't think of that when I ordered them. Tuning takes a long time, but hopefully that'll be better once the strings are stretched.
Friday, October 28, 2011
I'll keep an ear open tonight for the sound of wood coming apart.
But the sounds I've managed to get out of it so far are convincing, it sounds really good. If only Ronald would come to pick it up.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Then I went on to the first of the resos, which will be clad in cherry. I had a good set of sides, but it was of two halves. Luckily one of the reso skeletons had a dowel exactly in the middle, so the joint will be backed up there. I intended to use one piece rims on the resos as well, so the dowels are placed a bit inexactly.
The cherry one is spoken for, but I really don't know by whom. I think all who saw my prototype this summer wanted a wenge one, but I only have wenge for one more. The others will be as good looking or better. Now I make one each of wenge, walnut, ash and cherry.
The third side you see is for the other concert. It has blocks now, and will get kerfing soon. Both concerts will have a bookmatched top of the best mahogany I have, and a one piece back of mahogany that is a bit twisted in the grain. Looks lovely but I want the soundboard to be straighter than that.
But what of Ronald's tenor, I hear you (Ronald) ask. My bet is he'll get it with a passive pickup and that he'll sort the pre-amp a lot quicker than I can...
Sunday, October 16, 2011
And I got a pickup in place under the saddle. And it sort of works, but the preamp is nigh impossible. I am crap at electronics and have no clue at all.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
This is me doing it, and for a base coat / sealer I used vernice bianca, a mixture of gum arabic and egg whites. It was something I read about and wanted to try. The gum arabic was dissolved in water, and it felt weird to apply the mixture to the seasoned and dry mahogany wood. But no harm was done, and maybe a few pores were filled.
It's a bit awkward to polish around the bridge and fretboard end, and for those areas I don't use the muneca but an eraser wrapped in cloth. The edges of the eraser are a lot easier to use in the corners.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I also made a very neat bridge of ebony, and it gets sanded underneath to conform to the domed soundboard.
But the strangest news is... the Argapa concerts took a leap forward when I sanded all the flat parts today. I made the necks last weekend. Look out, Ben and Brian! The parts can be seen behind Johan's jelly-fish-ulele.
Monday, September 19, 2011
The back went on yesterday, and I cut the overhang tonight. With knives and a chisel. Laminate trimmers and flush cut routers are for non vikings. And wimps. And posers.
Anyway, you should be able to see the ash peghead veneer and the ash heel cap, the latter of which is integrated in the back. Both pieces come from the same tree that was used in Jukka's and Aya's wedding uke (see label called something along those lines).
This tenor has moved on quite fast. I'm used to mahogany and the new mold works great. For finish, I'm considering egg white pore filling and shellac.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
But wait a minute... Glued? Look at the underside of the bridge. It's double stick tape! Complete with fiber reinforcement! Some industrial grade, not carpet tape. It has bonded with the finish and it worked for a couple of years. Now it's hard and brittle. I had to pause chipping it off to document this.
This bridge is going to get a wood to wood bond, as it should have been in the first place.
It was hard enough putting it down for the time it took to take the pic, so descriptions will be made in the upcoming video. Watch fb and the forums. I must try to record the sound with my Zoom, and then sync and... hm. Might actually be built in mic as usual.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Phew. So it'll be 440.5 mm scale length plus compensation, and a 14th fret connection.
Now I just need to keep calm and remember which slots to use when sawing.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
No markers on this one, except for side dots. They'll be my regular 1.6 mm white dots.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Grant's fretboard will be sanded to thickness during the week, I might plane it down a bit first.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
All six turned out perfect. I was aiming at five good'uns so I'm well chuffed. But I'm leaving them at the cottage so I can get Grant's soprano and Ronald's tenor ready.
But I could order the hardware. Hm. Must check my Paypal account.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Next time I'll use a pencil sharpener on the ends, it'll make it easier to press down the second half. And some distance blocks cut to exact height will also be good.
The one standing up is seen from its back, and the well for the cone needs a big cut-out from its bottom. But I have a bus to catch. And at home there are two acoustics waiting for some attention. So I'll leave this pile here at the cottage, hopefully I'll get here next weekend.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
I check the top one against the cone from my prototype, but it is a 5 7/8 cone, and this batch will get the 6 inch size.
Progress. Gotta love it.