Sunday, December 23, 2012
I have picked out rosewood for the bridge but am considering putting the finish on first, like proper builders who know what they're doing. My excuses for putting it on before the finish have so far been that I hate acraping away the finish (for fear that I might bodge things up), and that makers of classical guitars are said to doing so.
And this one just became an orphan. So I have to check the order book to see if it matches the requirements of anyone else...
Upplagd av Sven Nyström kl. 7:36 PM
Thursday, December 20, 2012
So I googled "straightening guitar neck" and found this method. The neck is heated carefully and placed fretboard down on a perfectly flat heated surface.
I used a stone sample and a thick piece of duralaluminium (at least in Swedish). Both was heated in the oven to 85-90 degrees centigrade. I shimmed the neck at the nut end and at the 12th fret, then clamped it down using cauls of moldable plastic.
After two attempts, it looks as if it worked! I might try it on another guitar as well.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The neck is attached and the fretboard is planed. Maybe things will be moving along fast. Or maybe the day job will almost kill me with all the stuff I need to do before christmas.
Upplagd av Sven Nyström kl. 10:52 PM
Monday, December 10, 2012
But this, what a difference it made. The leather strip I glued on my depth stop for cutting the pegs helps me; before I put it there the saw always flew into my left hand at the last cut. And these saws are so sharp!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
It has all the characteristics of a prototype, I "solved" problems as they came. But it's probably going to stay as a one off.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Working with cherry is so rewarding that I sometimes wonder why I even bother with other woods. And the soprano size - well it doesn't get any better or more ukey than that.
Top and back are bookmatched and I chose to laminate a neck blank with a pin stripe of contrasting woods.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Order list is still a mess. If you think you have made an order and your uke doesn't show up in the blog, let me know. I will apologize (and tell you the dog ate your uke).
Upplagd av Sven Nyström kl. 7:58 AM
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
And Mary Agnes's piccolo, maybe I can fit the back braces tomorrow morning before I go back to Palestine for a few days.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Hardly seen behind it is top and sides for the next one.
Upplagd av Sven Nyström kl. 8:01 PM
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Anyway, a friend had it, his kid stepped on it, and I got it. The mahogany soundboard was shattered so I took the remains off and put a spruce soundboard on. With a novelty soundhole. I have no idea what to do with this one after it's finished.
Next is a uke that wants to look like a lute. Because I have a friend who is a medieval jester. But hey, who hasn't? It'll be a one-off, but I think it's gonna be nice.
And then finally number 53, the un-ordered soprano that got ordered during building. I polished it and strung it up, and I must say it served its purpose. I wanted to build it for my own sake, with the intent of getting the joy back into building. And it's a bit quirky, the first soprano with a one piece rim, and some elaborate-ish carving efforts on the neck.
And it sounds GREAT. I am so glad I made it.
(Not to be seen is a couple of piccolos I'm working on. One of them is half done, the other a wee bit behind. I don't build them exactly parallell anymore, for reasons I've ranted about before.)
Upplagd av Sven Nyström kl. 10:11 PM
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I made the heel with a sharp ridge, and tried an inverse volute at the headstock end. The mahogany wasn't very forgiving, I had to use a very sharp chisel in order to avoid any splintering.
In the pic it almost looks as the profile is V-shaped, but it's C-shaped as usual.
Friday, September 21, 2012
The second pic shows how two of the rods protrude on the underside. I do like this: first I mark all the spots, then I drill right through the fretboard. Then I place it on the neck, and carefully check that everything lines up. I hold it in place and drill through the holes at third and tenth fret so I get corresponding holes in the neck.
The rod is glued in the holes, and cut off to make markers. And, of course, two of them are left protruding.
This is the second time I do this, fretting is a wee bit more complicated due to the rods, but glueing the finished board is a breeze. No more slipping around, and no miniscule brads in fret slots or something like that.
Upplagd av Sven Nyström kl. 5:08 PM
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
But that's alright, it's always like that. I just knock the grain back with some 500 grit sanding pads and I know the following layers will be so much easier.
It does look half good already. Innit.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
And a good thing that was - the coverplates I ended up buying was lower than the ones I paid for but never got. So the buckle above the bridge was too close to the bridge. Or saddle or whatevva.
I thought of scrapping it and then forget all about resos. But tried mounting the plate on small blocks, about 2 mm high. And now it works. It makes noise. And the secret inlay under the usb stick is fab.
So I need to invent a permanent fix, maybe blocks, maybe washers, maybe a solid ring.
And then finish it.
Monday, September 10, 2012
What do you do when you run out of fretboards, and you won't see your big bandsaw for a couple of weeks? Well I decided to try a method that I saw in an instructional vid on the web, where a few guys sliced wood for veneers with a handsaw.
I had a nice chunk of rosewood and started out by planing the sides so they were parallel and square to each other.
Then you saw from the corners, all four. And it's now that the scored line helps - the saw follows the line and is guided by it. I've tried similar cuts without scoring and that's very much harder. As you can see I used a Japanese pull saw. One of the edges is for ripping. It works but I really want a rip saw from Lee Valley. I haven't bought it yet because of a negative cash flow but I yearn for it.
Anyway, the cuts eventually meet and then it's just the diamond shaped bit in the middle to saw through. And the first fretboard from this piece turned out as good as it could get! Some sanding, or even scraping is all I need to do. Or I can feed it through the drum sander. Yup, that sounds like the right level of effort.
So. This went well but it took a long time. About 35 minutes and I won't need to do any push ups tomorrow. And my excuses for not finishing Brain's resonator are almost spent. Darn.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
In the second pic the back is under pressure. (It's a lot easier to glue a one piece back without a pesky centerline to keep from sliding away.)
Upplagd av Sven Nyström kl. 6:59 PM
Monday, September 3, 2012
Then I tried to align the coverplate to get the screw holes right, but that was impossible. So I made a perspex template from the coverplate with a circle of the exact size and all the holes. With this lying on top of the body I can make all the holes at the right distance from the well.
Margins are a bit small. I'm considering a way to strengthen the holes. Since you have to remove the whole plate to get to the biscuit and bridge, these screws will go in and out a bit.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
But it was really hard to carve. I usually go directly from knives to 180 grit sandpaper, but this wood wanted to splinter and tear so I had to make the final shaping starting with 40 grit. That's as coarse as asphalt.
But, as so often the case is with ukuleles, it turned out nice again.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Others have turned out really really good. But I need to think about my routines.
So for the upcoming season I promise myself not to build when I'm not in a good mood. I'll not build for others than I want to. I'll make sure to finish stuff I've started ages ago.
This week I upgraded the workshop / workbench by mounting the solera on the wall, and the go-bar deck is stabilized by hooks that the threaded rods go through when they're attached to the board. It made a big difference.
The solera-free workbench is also secured to the two walls in its corner, so it won't rock when I plane stuff.
And on to the pics then - on the solera is the first soprano with a one-piece rim, it'll be a cedar top mahogany uke with binding around the soundboard. (I tell you about it so I can't chicken out of binding it.) The uke is the first in a long time that isn't ordered, I just felt like building a soprano with a softwood top.
If it's any good I'll put it up for sale. (If the binding's good that is...)
And in the other pic, you can see a resonator! I got cones and coverplates from Chickenbone John in England. The first one I finish will go to Arizona, Brian has helped me out for years now.
But the coverplates have those holes for the strings, I'll probably make a stringholder across them to save the nylon strings from snapping.
Stay tuned, I can promise all of you that some great ukes will be made now!
Upplagd av Sven Nyström kl. 7:01 PM
Thursday, August 2, 2012
So I bought a Knew saw that I have wanted a long time. Took tjis pic to show what good results a 7-year old and a 10-year old achieved with just a little help.
Worth every krona. Thanks Knew Concepts, and www.hyvlar.se
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
It doesn't make them a lot more playable, but it did improve the intonation.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
It would work for rosettes as well, but I've never felt the urge to make one. Perhaps now with this tool I'll try.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
I plan to try a fairly thick top with light ladder bracing. There is tone in there and I'm gonna get it out.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Now I'll take a break. I won't bring any project to the summer house, I've got enough to do there as it is. Of course, there's all that alder and cherry to resaw. And the reclaimed spruce log.
Monday, June 25, 2012
And the other pics, look at the size of that watch. Hilarious. If they were as small as they seem, what good would they do? Well one might be on offer in Hollesley, I hear there are all sorts of gullible people attending this year.
Upplagd av Sven Nyström kl. 10:23 PM