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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Last steps on 103

Yesterday it was finally time to cross the finish line. Gathered round the uke are tuners, fishing line, bone saddle blanks and glass beads. 


I bought guitar saddle blanks that I cut down for nuts and saddles. In the pic you see the half pencil I use to dial in the height of the nut, the line shows the level of the frets. 


Then I use a ruler to lay out the outside string positions, marking them on the bridge. 


I divide the distance and use an awl to mark before drilling holes for the strings. 


My tiny drill is often known as a pin vise. But I think of it as a drill. 


I countersink the holes with a round engraving bit...


... and feed the strings through, put a bead on and tie the knot. 


That's as far as I got, photo-wise. The uke turned out great and it has a very nice voice. I'll see if I can get more pics up, or a recording. 




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