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Message started by RCHawaii on Apr 13th, 2004 at 7:18pm

Title: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Apr 13th, 2004 at 7:18pm
Ok folks lets see your ukes! Here's mine.

Title: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Hana Lima Ia on Feb 6th, 2010 at 9:56am
Off-Topic replies have been moved to this Topic.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Apr 24th, 2004 at 2:24pm
Ok-so no-one wants to show their ukes, lol afraid I'll try to copy it? As the saying goes,  it's the best form of flattery. :D

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by achock on Apr 25th, 2004 at 8:38pm
Hey RCHawaii, very nice work!  I especially like what you've done with the bridge and soundhole designs.  

Also good to get another look at your uke Jesse, the binding really does work out well.  The bound fretboard is a smooth detail!  I hope the uke projects are going well.  Should be warming up over there for more outdoor work :)

-Asa

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Apr 25th, 2004 at 11:33pm
Nice to see ya Asa. The Bridge was some work. After carving it out mostly by hand with a sharp knife, I dug out the trough for the saddle by hand.
It's got pretty good sound, I'm happy with it.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Dominator on May 18th, 2004 at 12:52pm
Ok folks.  It's not all mine cause it is a kit.  I am new to uke building and thought I would get my feet wet by building a couple of kits and this is my first one.  So no original designs here.  Got to play with inlay techniques, bolt on neck joint, fretboard construction, bridge placement and saddle compensation.  Made mucho mistakes and learned a lot.  Going to do one more of these for a family memeber and then try to catch up will you all and bend some sides and start from scratch on a mahogany tenor kit I got from Asa on EvilBay.

BTW, since I put the Aquilla strings on they are starting to settle in and it is sounding a little better than it did at first.  It isn't very loud and kinda kerplunks along but it appears to be playing in tune with itself up the neck.  Hurray!  That was what I was hoping for.



BTW, What is the trick to post more than one pic at a time?  I clicked the IMG link thingy again but the other pic does not show up.  Thanks,
Dominator

EDIT: Thanks for the info RC.  I am still doing something wrong though.  I will try later as I must go to work.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Rix on May 18th, 2004 at 2:09pm
rchawaii,
thats got to be the most unique bridge i have ever seen.
very nice.

i have alot more to go on my uke.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on May 18th, 2004 at 10:04pm
The uke looks great Dominator-it's all a learning process so a Kit would have probably helped me alot but alas, I had materials in hand, and no patience for waiting.  I have a couple requests as well, but I will practice a lot before I make one for anyone but myself. You have it right though, if ya got the scale right, it's all downhill from there and just the manual work. Your kit looks like a very clean build.

Thanks Rix-I took a piece of Koa and with the bandsaw and patience cut the shape out (used a drill for the pukas and was pretty careless with it lol) of a solid piece. When I was done, I was aboe to get three of those bridges out of of the one piece of scrap koa. Believe it or not the channels I cut out by hand with an xacto blade and cleaned it up at the end with sandpaper.

What is also "original" is the fret markers. I had some thick-walled aluminum tubing which came off an old vacuum motor (industrial type) which was a 4" spacer for the motor body. I sliced off a few pices and drilled holes and installed into the board. I saw it on a guitar and used that idea. ( left the center of the "tube" markers unfilled-but could easily put MOP or similar in the center. Asa's MOP pieces are almost a perfect fit (5mm I believe)

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by achock on May 18th, 2004 at 10:13pm
Hello everyone,
An old friend here at Hanalima has sent us a photo of his most recent tenor uke:

James was one of Hanalima's first alumni many years ago so this is obviously not his first uke.  He has taken it past the basic uke we teach here and it looks great!  

Thanks for the pictures James!

-Asa



Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by ukeman on May 21st, 2004 at 12:11pm
yoooo...king moon pie ok Mr Manley to me! Love your latest uke...mano the shark is a cool inlay parting the waters swimmin down the fingerboard.....also must give you a big thumbs up for that headstock log...ono!

Guess the east coast must shake their heads wen dey see you coming with this 'ukulele stuff huh! Alls i can say is keep up the good work....laters   ukeman

yup the rosette inlay gots some nice detail in the inlay of your abalone...gettin old but still can see!

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by kingkimo64 on May 21st, 2004 at 1:44pm
Shootz Thanks Uke Man i sure had good teaching from you those years ago.I am so excited to see so many great makers on your site.These luthiers ova heah didnt know what hit them.Keep up the great work guys this is my first uke after a 4 year lay off so im a bit rusty.Peace.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Dominator on May 21st, 2004 at 7:22pm
KinKimo,
I could sure use a little of that rust you say you have.  That uke looks awesome.  Thanks for letting Asa show it off for you.
Dominator

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on May 22nd, 2004 at 12:03am
Wow nice work ~Gotta love that deep water feel! Welcome

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by kingkimo64 on May 22nd, 2004 at 1:45am
Thanks dominator i have recieved great comps on this uke i will send better pictures in da future after im done with the next uke ;D

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by kingkimo64 on May 22nd, 2004 at 1:49am
Mahalo RChawaii i miss that deep blue feeling ;D

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Howard on Jun 15th, 2004 at 7:53am
OK, here's mine.  It's my third one.  My first one wasn't so hot.  The second, not too bad.  This one's better, much better.  Mahogany body, rosewood fretboard/bridge, tortoise binding, water slip decal on headstock (cause I can't inlay, yet).  At some point in the future I'm going to do an abalone soundhole inlay, I wonder how much material I'm going to consume learning how to do that....

Howard



Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Jun 15th, 2004 at 1:11pm
http://www.geocities.com/paradiseukes/3concert.jpg

This one works if clicked on..(Reason is geocites remote linking policy I imagine.)

http://www.geocities.com/paradiseukes/3concertpeghead.jpg - this one comes to a blank page for me.

Looks great! I made your pics links, they wouldn't load for me. Nice work. Take your time on the inlay stuff and if it gives you fits maybe you can try the inlace products too.



Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Dominator on Jun 15th, 2004 at 7:01pm
Howard,
Nice job on the uke.  It looks great.  Looks like a zero fret eh?  Keep em coming.  I do have a couple of off topic questions.  Could you please email me at  dominic@rcsis.com
Thanks,
Dominator

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by paradiseukes on Jun 17th, 2004 at 12:49pm
:-[ Darn, just like my first ukulele!  I'm working on a webpage where the pictures can be found.  Sorry....

Howard

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Jun 17th, 2004 at 1:13pm

Hey-whats the secret Dom? I can use all the help I can get now, don't be hiding information :D

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by paradiseukes on Jun 17th, 2004 at 1:29pm
Ok, here is the address where the pictures will be found.  Shown here is my third attempt at ukulele making.  It's a regular mahogany concert size.  It features mahogany soundbox (to protect my wallet in case of a major OOPS), tortoise binding (to hide the crummy fit between the top and sides), maple peghead overlay with waterslide decal (to compensate for lack of inlaying ability).  Actually it turned out pretty nice.  It plays well, and sounds pretty nice.  The asymmetrical peghead design allows for a comfortable fingering of chords like Fm, left elbow out style, although it makes it more difficult to hang.

http://www.geocities.com/paradiseukes/

Howard

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Jun 17th, 2004 at 1:53pm
Not only is it sweet looking that water slide decal is nice too. Make a nice inlay itself don't ya think :D Thanks for the link.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Dominator on Jun 19th, 2004 at 6:20am
RC,
No big secret.  I just wanted to talk to Howard about his label on the inside.  Wanted know what software he used etc.

I agree that his logo would make a pretty cool inlay.  A pretty challenging one at that.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Jun 19th, 2004 at 10:23am
I was just messin with ya lol.  :-X :P ;D Did I get booted from the 4th peg yet? :P

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by hapakid on Jun 27th, 2004 at 8:13pm
Hi Everyone,
I just got back from Maui and I spent two days at George Kahumoku's Slack Key Workshop.  It was fun and educational as you would imagine, and I got to see lots of great ukes in the hands of the faculty and students of the camp. There were ukes by Mele, Po Mahina, G-String, Kamaka, Fluke and others. All were beautiful and sounded great.
I was able to hear Richard Ho'opi'i in concert, accompanied only by his six-string Kamaka, and that reminded me again of how profound the simple uke/voice combination can be.
I took my dolphin-cutout round "yewk" (see above) and got it signed by Led Kaapana, Bob Brozman, George and Keoki Kahumoku and others. Each played it for a few minutes and were complimentary despite its crudeness.
Asa asked about the alternating purfling on my tenor posted above. I cut a purfling groove that wasn't quite as deep as the binding would be, then glued up some 1/8"x1/8"x 2' strips of alternating poplar and mahogany until I had a strip about 1" wide, then sanded one side on the belt sander. Then I chopped the strip into 1/4" sections and glued them in place one by one so I didn't have to bend a long pieces of flimsy purfling. I used plenty of glue to fill small voids. Then I cut the binding channel, going deeper than the purfling and cutting into the side enough to just barely cut into the purfling and smooth it out. Then I used prebent mahogany binding to fill that channel, again using plenty of glue to fill voids. It worked out okay, but I've been building with whatever I have in the shop and the combo of yew, mahogany and popular is kind of ugly.
But I'll do the alternating purfling again.
A lot of great ukes being posted here. My round thingamajig caught peoples' eyes on Maui and started a lot of conversations with "What IZ dat ting, brah?"
Jesse Tinsley

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Jun 27th, 2004 at 9:55pm
Welcome back Jess-glad to hear you had a good time in Maui. Wish I woulda known, I would have sent you to my mother in laws jewelry shop in Kihei. :( Maybe next time.

On the baritone, which has been lots of work lol, I used alternating zebrawood, mango and KOA strips. It's not striking, unless you work with wood or apppreciate the stuff. It's not done, I'm still applying the finish, but will post some pics soon. The sound hole has no work on it, just a plane ole' puka. I guess you could almost call it simple but elegant, with a little western flair. :D

So..what was the highlight for you at the workshop?

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by hapakid on Jun 28th, 2004 at 11:15am
Hi RC and hanalima gang,

The workshop was a wonderful time in all respects, and I learned a lot about the music and its heritage. I also had a hard time finding live Hawaiian music to listen to.
I asked around Maui for places to see uke and traditional Hawaiian music and most just scratched their heads. Some suggested George Kahumoku's Tuesday night slack key series ($35 a ticket at the Ritz), but nothing besides that.  I did hear some oldtime music at a luau we attended and on the radio (KNUI).
For most visitors to Maui, the uke is just a souvenir to look at and marvel over, but it was hard to find a pro playing one in public.  On the other hand, at least a dozen kids (under 20) took my uke and played a few chords on it (some reggae) to show they're trying to learn. Most don't have money for a decent uke.
Most of the workshop students had beautiful/expensive ukes to play and they sounded great.  I went into Lahaina Music to look at ukes and the guy acted like I was bothering him, so I left.  
I was able to play informally for several tourists I met and many enjoyed the quiet sound of the uke as an accompaniment to their vacation.
It is sad to see what a condo ghetto/tourist trap Maui has become (my first time there) and even sadder to not hear much traditional music being played. But whenever I met a uke or Hawaiian music fan there, it was an instant bond of friendship and aloha.
Jesse Tinsley



Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by achock on Jun 28th, 2004 at 7:26pm
Hi Jesse,
Welcome home, I’m glad you had a safe trip to the islands.  It sounds like you were a little disappointed by the lack of true Hawaiian culture available….I can’t say that I blame you.  Allow me to rant about the current state of our Island’s cultural awareness.

It amazes me that there is absolutely no formal museum or collection of Hawaiian ‘Ukuleles.  In a place where our number one industry is tourism we have somehow overlooked the reason why many people bother to fly across the Pacific to spend some time here.  Many aspects of our Hawaiian culture that are completely unique to these islands have been ignored.  Currently there are more hula halaus in Japan than there are here.  The fact that the largest formal museum for the historical Hawaiian ‘Ukulele is not in Hawaii is a little strange to me.

Today an article in the Honolulu Advertiser revealed Gov. Linda Lingle’s plan to cut 61% of the money allocated to the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.  Currently the annual budget is nearly $1.2 million.  After the planed cut of more than $730,000 the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts will be left with a budget of $470,000 a year.  The Foundation supports 110 nonprofit arts organizations (the ‘Ukulele Guild of Hawaii is not one of them) with this budget.  Among these organizations are:
·      Honolulu Academy of Arts
·      Honolulu Theater for Youth
·      Contemporary Museum
·      Maui Academy of Performing Arts
·      Maui Arts and Culture Center
·      Volcano Arts Center
·      Kona Association of the Performing Arts
·      Kahilu Theater Foundation

Read the article here: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Jun/28/ln/ln03a.html

The proposed budget cut is very bad news to those organizations that can’t cover their own expenses.  It is also very bad news for the preservation of Hawaii’s dying culture.  

Luckily the ‘Ukulele Guild of Hawaii is member driven.
http://www.ukuleleguild.org

Those of you who join the guild are supporting the common goal of keeping one aspect of Hawaii’s culture alive and well in the islands.  We have come a long way in just over 2 short years.  These proposed budget cuts along with Jesse’s comments are more reason for us to continue the Guild’s work.  Thanks to all members and supporters!

-Asa Chock

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by hapakid on Jun 29th, 2004 at 5:26am
On Maui, I could have seen Marty Dread playing somewhere every night. Finding Hawaiian music was nearly impossible, but the musicians are out there, working hotel bars and luaus.
There are plenty of Hawaiians and Hawaiians at heart keeping the uke and other traditional music alive on Maui, but it's hardly a living.  Garrett Probst and Peter De Aquino, the young uke instructors at Kahumoku's workshop, play small gigs as Da Ukulele Boyz, but it's rare enough that you better not blink or you'll miss them.
George Kahumoku said if he wanted to perform slack key regularly it would have to be in a bar at a hotel, so he decided to start the Ritz-Carlton concert series and take another teaching job in Lahaina.
With the median home price on Maui at $625,000, there isn't much chance for any musician to make a home there and play music.
But I'm trying to figure out a way...
Jesse Tinsley

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by MattsUkes on Jun 29th, 2004 at 8:58am
Jesse,
  You left Maui too soon!   This past Sunday was the 16th annual Ki Ho`alu Slack Key Guitar Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.   A free event full of fantastic slack key (and a uke or two for good measure). It was a great day of live traditional music.   Admitedly, it is tough to find out when and where the uke is being played, ... lot's easier to hear Jawaiian, ...    ... look for the benefit concerts, ... that's where you will find Hawaiians playing their ukes.

Aloha,
  Matt

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Rick on Jun 29th, 2004 at 8:16pm
Just finished my second Tenor uke, using the Hana Lima fan braced plans. Koa back & sides with a spruce top, ebony binding, fretboard & bridge. I'm here in Oregon, but built it for my father inlaw on Kauai so he can either play his Martin Soprano or his own custom hand built Tenor. Many thanks to Asa for the web site and this forum which helped me complete this project. :)

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Dominator on Jun 30th, 2004 at 6:20am
Jesse,
Glad you made it back home safe and sound.  Looks like you got off to a good start on your autographs.

Title: Almost Pau braddas
Post by RCHawaii on Jul 8th, 2004 at 1:27pm






Today I installed the tuners. All Highly polished Gotoh internal geared planetary tuners from Hana Lima 'Ia Store. I finished cleaning up the fretwire yesterday and polishing the edges. The nut still needs a little work and the finish lastly will be completed. All in all- I love it. I also picked up Hilo Baritone Strings.

I picked up a black Ebony Bridge, but can't find it, (Was having too much fun talkin to Asa and Mike and watching Asa try to kill a helicopter)  so unless it turns up here soon, I'm going to mount the mango bridge. Either way it should look very nice.

As you can see on the side view of the fretboard I installed markers (Mother of Pearl) dots (3mm) for 3 5 7  - 10, 12 and 15 are marked on the fretboard with 5 mm MOP to distinguish from the inlay itself. The large pearl dot on the fretboard is on 5 intentionally to center things up a bit for visual reference.

The binding as mentioned is Mango, Koa and Zebrawood. Not a traditional way to do it, but the traditional way is a lot of work (more so than bending small strips like this)

Hana Hou!

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Dominator on Jul 8th, 2004 at 6:38pm
RC,
I got to hand it to you man.  You have built yourself a unique ukulele in the traditional shape.  If it sounds as good as it looks you are going to be a happy strummer very soon. ;D

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Jul 9th, 2004 at 2:49pm
Thanks Dom, I'm happy with it. And I can't wait to hear it myself. It has a modified Kasha bracing -kinda like Hapa Haoule bracing actually lol small kine eh. The backpiece behind the bridge is where the bracing radiates toward the soundhole in a fan pattern. I'm liking the lattice bracing idea as well so maybe next time. I think I can find some pre-made bracing somewhere ;)  I'm eagerly awaiting the ebony bridge from Asa before I finish it up, but that will give me time to work a little more on the finish.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by hapakid on Jul 9th, 2004 at 6:36pm
Nice, RC!
We'd love to see an overall pic when you get it strung up.
Jesse Tinsley

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Jul 9th, 2004 at 7:59pm
For sure~ As soon as the Ebony bridge gets to me   ;D Seems I absentmindedly left it at Hana Lima lol. I think the ebony bridge will offset the darker colors on the top end nicely. The Mango Bridge would blend right in, because I got the mahogony matching Mango almost identically lol

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by keystrummer on Jul 12th, 2004 at 3:06pm
Since I returned from my trip to Hawaii to study at Hana Lima I've been busy making jigs and fixtures to produce consistant ukes.  I've got four in various stages of completion.

I'm working on an identical version that is as light as I can put it together.  I've also a baritone and another concert in the works.

Geoff

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by hapakid on Jul 17th, 2004 at 8:28pm
I don't have any new ukes to show, but I wanted to mention a new problem.
The spruce top on my round, dolphin-soundhole uke (picture posted above in this thread) just cracked.  While it was sitting in my locked car on a very hot day recently, a crack developed from the nose (toward the neck) and tail (toward the tail end) of the large dolphin cutout on treble side of the soundboard. It still plays fine.
But it told me that I shouldn't use a cutout that gives an easy starting point for a crack, or alternatively, put a brace behind that area to hold it together.  Perhaps that was the genesis of the original F-hole design, because the opening ends in a circle on both ends, discouraging cracks. I also learned not to leave a uke in a 150 degree car!
Because it's my beach uke that I used for autographs, I won't bother to fix it.
Jesse Tinsley

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Jul 18th, 2004 at 1:22am
Darn Jesse, I'm sorry to hear about the crack. That's some heat by any standard! On my Honu soundhole the entire perimeter of the soundhole is braced, but not with heat in mind. Hope it doesn't happen to me -knock on wood :D

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Dominator on Jul 31st, 2004 at 5:55pm
Hey Folks,
Yes RC, work does seem to get in the way.  I was out of town on business all last week and wasn't home to get anything done on my tenor.  I did manage to get a little done last weekend and a little today.

Got the fretboard radiused, frets installed, neck shaped, sanded and glued up.   Time to start on the bridge, nut and saddle.   Made plenty of mistakes on this one but isn't that what the first (and maybe second and third) on is all about ;D.  I realized that I overbraced it and so I decided to do a bare bones model and not spend the $ for any extras.  I already had the pau rosette installed so I just used pau dots to match.  But that's it.  No binding etc.  Here are a few pics of where she stand now.  
www.rockslide.org/Images/P7310989.jpg
www.rockslide.org/Images/P7310990.jpg
www.rockslide.org/Images/P7310992.jpg
Hope to get it done in the next month or so.
Dominator

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by hapakid on Jul 31st, 2004 at 6:11pm
Bravo, Dominator! That'll look stunning when you get it the finish on it.
Jesse Tinsley

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Jul 31st, 2004 at 6:51pm
I couldn't agree more, very nice grain pattern on that body!

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Dominator on Aug 2nd, 2004 at 4:40pm
The walnut does has some interesting figure to it.  It was actually from my scrap pile.  It had a few knots in it that I had to fill in with epoxy.  You can see one spot looking into the sound hole on the above pic.  The little black spot.  I have never used shellac before but I am thinking of trying the french polish on this one and see what happens.  I have that link to the Milburn site that has some very good info on french polishing.  I think RC also put that same link in a finishing thread recently.  Wish me luck.  Finishing of any kind has always been my achilles heal.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Aug 3rd, 2004 at 12:35am
Awesome Dom. I bet the finish will be to die for and I don't mean having to do it. ::) Working with the Tung Oil has been enlightening. The French polishing works with it, albeit a thousand coats have been necessary. Next time, it's definitely shellac for me! Can't wait to see it done!

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Aug 11th, 2004 at 6:16pm
I wanted to do a breakdown on my uke - at least for anyone who may be interested.

I got the bari strung up and the frets from buzzing now. They were buzzing because I made my corian saddle about a mm too low. That has been remedied and I'm in love. I did NOT (yet) put the pickup in the uke. It's pretty loud in fact.

The sound board was done like you saw at the hana lima plans or what they call "Sneider-kasha" style with a little modification. With the bracing radiating out from under where the bridge is seated. I was concerned that I had too much bracing, but I was very happy to find that it was quite the opposite. When you strum or pick the strings the whole top vibrates very nicely. This is not significant by itself, but it is if you think about tonal quality. As I can pluck a string and it sounds nice and deep. If I press my palm on the top of the uke(with a little pressure of course), you can hear the sound changes. It's an awesome thing really. Like having wha wha bar on it (Whatever you want to call it)

I have picked up several ukes here locally baritones and others and mine, if I do say so, sounds deeper than any other I picked up. (OK I admit, I havent touched ukemans ukes lol)

I like the bridge too-less the material than the way it's working. The saddle was only half as tall as it should have been, that was easily fixed. The saddle is glued to the top directly and under the top there is a 1/8 mohogony ply plate which those braces radiate from. The strings are tied to a ceramic bead and pulled through the brace, top and bridge. The good thing about this is that it's not pulling on the bridge, it's only pushing down on the saddle. So with that, I'm happy. I may later add little brass eyelets to insert inside the holes on the bridge.  I have some somewhere that will fit.

The hardest part of building this uke aside fomr waiting was not the finish, amazingly enough finishing doesn't bother me, its just slow and time consuming. The hardest part was bending the [Zebrawood, koa and mango] wood for the binding.

You may wonder, what would you do different? I've asked myself this, and I can honestly say, nothing.


I'm pretty sure the next one will be a Bari Cutaway.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by DeVine_Guitars on Aug 15th, 2004 at 10:46pm
Hi everyone just thought I would put up some pictures. Enjoy!
Eric DeVine
DeVine Guitars
"http://devineguitars.com/htmlContent/index.htm"


Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by RCHawaii on Aug 16th, 2004 at 1:37am
Bee You tiful! Thanks for sharing Eric!
Fixed your link bud, no need the extra quotes ;)

http://devineguitars.com/htmlContent/index.htm

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Dominator on Oct 2nd, 2004 at 5:18pm
Ok, I managed to complete the tenor but not without some painful lessons learned.  My original intent was to do an 18" scale length and when setting the bridge that is what I did plus an extra 1/16 for compensation.  It had been months since I slotted the fretboard and like an idiot I didn't even double check the distance from the zero fret to the 12th fret before attaching the bridge.  This is very elementary I know.  Then I realized that because my fretboard was a little short I went with a 17 7/8" scale.  The  saddle is back way too far and is playing flat up the neck.  I used bridge pins instead of a tie bridge so moving it is not an option.  I think I will have just enuff room to rout a new slot in front of the other one.  Then I will fill the old slot with a piece of walnut and pretend it was an intended inlay ::)

The strings are still settling in but it is starting to stay in tune and plays ok up to about the 5th fret before noticing the intonation problem.  As expected, from over bracing, it is not extremely loud.  On the other hand it isn't dead either.  It has a bright sound and lacks bottom end.  It has been quite a learning process.  The french polish finish was a major headache for me but I think I have it sorted out and the next one should look better in that regard.  I will let you all know if I get the intonation straightened out.
Dominator

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Post by RCHawaii on Oct 2nd, 2004 at 6:04pm
Wow Dom, sorry to hear about your woes. It sure did come out looking sweet though. I hope you get the scale sorted out- be a shame to let this one go.

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Post by kingkimo64 on Oct 2nd, 2004 at 6:35pm
Sweet Dom,
 I to hope you see the intonation thru.That is a great looking tenor.What woods are used?? and how did the french polish come out?I tryed french polish but no matter what technic i used my finish sucked.So i continue to burn my nose hair spraying nitro. ;D

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Post by Dominator on Oct 3rd, 2004 at 5:50am
Thanks you guys.  RC, I was wondering where you have been.  I was even thinking about starting a post to see if anyone had heard from you.  I was concerned something may be wrong.  I hope that is not the case.

The top, back and sides are book matched walnut from some scrap I had.  There were some knots that I had to fill with epoxy.  The neck is mahogany and the fretboard and bridge are rosewood.  Originally, it was just some sides for practicing with my bender but since the bending went good I decided to use them in the uke.

The French Polish finish doesn't look too bad considering what the uke has been through in the process.  Twice during the process I stripped all the shellac off to start over including a layer of Bulls Eye spray shellac that I had to steel wool off.  My biggest problem early on was having the pad way too wet which caused streading and swirls everywhere.  At one point the finish had great depth and an incredible shine.  But when you looked at it in direct light it looked horrible because of the swirls and streaks.  It really needs more sessions but I have had all I can take at this point.

After sleeping on it I have decided to wait and let the strings continue to stretch before hacking up the bridge.  It is starting to stay in tune and doesn't sound near as bad as I thought.  It still needs to be changed to have accurate intonation but I am going to wait and think about the options that may be available to remedy the situation before diving in.
Dominator

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Post by RCHawaii on Oct 3rd, 2004 at 12:54pm
Thanks Dom for your concern. Life has its twists and turns so I got sidetracked but I'm fine :P   I'm glad you've decided to see how the strings settle in- with such a nice looking uke I'd hate to starting pulling parts off too. Keep us posted on the progress of the next one, because I know another one will be forthcoming  ::) :o ;D

The French polish method with the wrong materials can be difficult or a complete failure. Making very small circles and not getting too wet or letting your cloth get dry and tack is the key -easier said than done in some cases.

I think it's a keeper even if it's a little off in intonation. Like you have obviously decided. Sleep on it, play with it, let the strings settle an when you're not thinking you're ready to toss it out the window, then and only then make the correction and get it right, otherwise you'll just frustrate yourself.

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Post by RCHawaii on Oct 4th, 2004 at 7:42pm
Wow Jesse that's some link! Thanks for sharing that great info!! I like cheap and easy, make life sweet sometimes doesnt it . ;)

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Post by Dale Schroeder on Oct 7th, 2004 at 4:25am
Dominator,

I just saw your tenor uke, nice job I love that curl in the walnut.  Sorry to hear about the intonation, you do have some options. You could redo the fretboard , That may be more work than working on the saddle but it's probably easier to remove.  At any rate I hope it all works out for you.  A couple of weeks ago I blew out a nice koa side on my bender so I'm a little behind on my uke, but I'll post some pics in a couple of months. 8)

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Post by Dominator on Oct 7th, 2004 at 7:30am
Thanks Dale,
You know the more I play it the more I may not even change it.  I thought it was much worse than it is when the strings were still stretching a lot.  I am an aggressive player and am finding that when I play up the neck the chords don't sound that bad.  They may be a bit flat but I don't hear it.  Especially, if playing with a bit of vibrato.  The open C is a tad off but not enough at this point to tear into it.  My playing style makes chords up the neck sound sharp on my Fluke and it has good intonation.  It is nice to have the chords not be so sharp.  I think I will chalk it up to experience and look forward to number 002.

Sorry to hear about the side blowout.  Keep us posted on your progress.
Dominator

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Post by ukeman on Oct 11th, 2004 at 12:11pm
Wowza! and aloha all....congradulations to Dominator and the HapaKid...eh Jesse...great lookin instruments. Think its cool that you have already figured out what is a tad bit off and aint that the point of building? Make a mistake, learn, correct it and move on which will make yer next one mo bettah! Love the bass and weedwhacker strrings...I'm all for experimentation and a bit of creative substitutions I guess we all can't lose sight of the fact that this building Jones is just a way cool fun trippy passion and den it plays for you at your beck and call! Bonus!

People at one point in time I will learn as my man Moonpie has, how to take a photo...transfer it to the computer and post it on this site...my pineapple series is complete and they came out right nice, so i hope to post these photos one day in the not too distant future!


Am working on a tenor sized cutaway pineapple with a extended neck...using a scale length of about 592 centimeters...kinda like 23 and 5/16th inch...yup should shoot outside the tenor case by a few strong inches and then some! Building a 24 fret 2 octave cutaway uke with the fret spacing when reaching the 20 fret and beyond range will be a  tad larger than any other shorter scale will get me so me fingers can actually fit into the fret spacings!   The neck connection will be at the 18th fret and the 24th fret will just be at the end of the cutaway....got this puppy rope bound and boxed..fingerboard is radiused and attached and should be pau with construction by mid month and then.....many mo moons for the finish!....till then laters all....ukeman

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Post by kingkimo64 on Oct 11th, 2004 at 1:26pm
Shoot Big Uke you build that uke ya better git pictures man.And i would love to see blue prints of that puppy.Till then good luck good eyeballs and good hands.
                               Peace from da east
                                                  King Moonpie
                                                           James

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Dale Schroeder on Jan 9th, 2005 at 6:49am
I finally finished by kasha style uke.  Here are a couple of pics.  Does that sideport hole size seem about right ukeman?  I was just guessing, I didn't have anything to measure the sound voulme.  Sounds pretty good I think, I posted a sound file on my homepage if anyone wants to hear a scratchy recording of some crude ukulele playing ;)

I made the sides out of mahagony after I broke my nice koa sides in the bending process. :-/   /http://home.comcast.net/~daleschro/fretboard.jpg




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Post by Dominator on Jan 9th, 2005 at 8:23am
Great Job Dale,
Its a shame that you weren't able to use your koa sides :(.  That back looks sweeet ;D.  Your neck to body joint looks real nice.  What is your process for getting it to mate up?
Dominator

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by kingkimo64 on Jan 9th, 2005 at 1:24pm
nice dale i bet it plays great ;D

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Post by ukeman on Jan 13th, 2005 at 10:33am
aloha Dale:  Great job! That modified Kasha/Schneider looks sweet. See ya also have a bolt on neck..to boot!

Am always thrilled to see other builders using the K/S modified bracing systems and with  sideport to boot..amazing! I am glad, save for the busted koa side pieces, that this project turned out well. Keep uking!  laters   ukeman

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Dale Schroeder on Jan 13th, 2005 at 2:49pm
Thanks for the kind comments Dom & King.  I think it sounds pretty good, there are some things I'll do a little differently next time around.  Got many years to go to get close to your level ukeman, but I'll keep trying. :)

Dominator, I posted some info on how I do the neck to body joint  under the other forum, since this is mainly just for showning the final results.

Dale

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Post by ranapithicus on Jan 25th, 2005 at 4:16pm
Aloha from the snows of Pennsylvania!  Here are some pix of the ukulele I just finished, with the help of all the good info on this forum and Hana Lima ‘Ia website.
It was sort of inspired by the old cigar box ukes.  I made it “by hand” from all scrounged material except I had to buy the strings, fretwire, and tuners.  The body is from a nice old redwood box found in my father’s attic stamped “Calfornia Fruit Chest”.  It looks like maybe it was used to send fancy fruits for Christmas gifts.  It was fairly thin wood, but I sanded down the top and back down to just under 0.1” with a sanding disk on my drill press.  The neck is carved from a piece of cherry wood scrap I had laying around from making a window seat in my house.  It is bolted through a block on to the body into some nuts epoxyed into the neck heel.  The nut and saddle are carved from an old bone I stole from the dog.  The fingerboard and bridge are made from some kind of hard, heavy tropical wood that my daughter’s boyfriend picked up in Costa Rica.  The bracing inside the top and back was split out from some spruce house framing lumber.  Finished with spray-on lacquer.  Its not fancy, but it sounds very nice, mellow but loud and well balanced.  This is the first stringed instrument I’ve ever built.  I couldn’t have done it without all the helpful tips and information from you all.  Thanks!

Frogman.




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Post by Road_Toad on Jan 25th, 2005 at 6:02pm
Too cool. I used those dry fruit boxes for bug collections way back when and was thinking they could make a cool uke. Glad it sounds good. I may use one for a sound box for my bass uke experiments.

Owen

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Post by ranapithicus on Jan 27th, 2005 at 2:03pm
yes, I would recommend it for a bass uke- mine in the picture is a tenor, 17" scale length.  The box was a little bigger than I wanted, at 7.5" wide x 13" long,  but I didn't want to shorten it.  It does seem to have a strong bass response.

frogman

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Post by ukeman on Jan 28th, 2005 at 11:22am
aloha ranapithicus!  is rana something to do with frogs! Or am i now part of that Pennsylvania tribe that all humanoids are descended from? Just  glad I made it to Hawaii (end of story)  Hey guy, love your flagrant and ono (tasty) use of found and special items for your first uke project. To me this stuff makes your creation even more special, I think its way cool to incorporate stuff that have other uses, anyhow keeps the left grey matter from too much infringement on the right!Is this a start of a fruit box uke collection? Will the next series feature removeable lids? Are we in for the fruit box uke of the month collectors editions?

Mahalo for the pictures...way cool. laters  ukeman


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Post by ranapithicus on Jan 31st, 2005 at 3:00pm
aloha ukeman da big uke -
Hey, maybe if someone sent me a box of pineapples, I could make a pineapple uke!   I say use what you find to make music, and the music will sound better and closer to the earth.  

Yes, rana is latin for frog, but I don't think I'll be making a frog-skin uke.  I'll just sing and play for them in the spring.

Frogman   ;D

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Post by murray on Sep 29th, 2005 at 2:31pm
Hello everyone,

Here is my first Uke.  It's a Kasha Concert, made out of mahogany, with an ebony fretboard and bridge.  This is the first wood working project that I've done in years and my first attempt at making a musical instrument.  My Uke teacher is very impressed with the sound and thinks that I should have it evaluated by a professional.  I couldn't have done it without the help of Mike, Asa and everyone here at the message board.  Mahalo to all!!






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Post by ukeman on Oct 5th, 2005 at 2:55pm
aloha Murray...yer first eh! Great job! Its a sweet lookin little guy....so  congradulations...I am also glad your uke teacher likes the sound as well...thats mucho important...love to see your next attempt and am super glad you are playing with the Kasha modified designs...laters  ukeman

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Post by Dominator on Oct 31st, 2005 at 7:11am
This is my second tenor from scratch.  It is a mahogany parts kit from right here at Hanalima Ia.  I got it off Ebay over a year ago or so and decided to put it to use.  Thank you Asa.

Here are some particulars:
Unbound Mahogany tenor
18” long scale (joined at 14th fret)
Fretboard and bridge – Rosewood
Fret markers – 5mm Gold MOP
Width at nut – 1 ½”
Width at 14th fret – 1 ¾”
Width at upper bout – 6 7/8”
Width at lower bout – 8 ½”
Finish – Laquer
Tuners – Geared Gotoh Mini – Gold w/Amber buttons
Nut and saddle material – Corian
Strings – Ko’olau Gold – Low G

This uke has a lower/warmer tone than my other tenors.  I am not particularly happy with the sound of the Ko’olau Golds.  The low G is pretty boomy.  I will give the Ko’olau’s a chance to settle in a bit before changing them out.  But I think I will need to experiment with a few different brands to find what will be most suited for this instrument.  I will be bringing this one to the Exhibition next month.
Here are a couple of pics.


Dominator

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by ukeman on Feb 23rd, 2006 at 1:55pm
Aloha Dominator.

Gosh great job..just like your transcriptions!
I love the way ya put the whole uke together and added design components and application to suit your taste. Ono bridge design!

So congrats are in order and onward and onto yer next project! I'm sure there are modifications that are now spinning in your head!

Laters ukeman..i still play Song For Anna...like you transcribed it! mahalo

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Post by Dominator on Mar 5th, 2006 at 4:29pm
Aloha Ukeman,
I haven't been visiting here much lately and decided to pop in and just saw your last post.

I wish I would have thought to show this to you at the UGH.  There is a funny story behind why I thought it was sounding so boomy and that I didn't care for the Golds.  I had used dual stick tape to hold a clamping caul to the soundboard when clamping on the fretboard.  Next day when I removed the clamps I forgot about it and it stayed stuck to the top.  I couldn't figure out why it wasn't projecting  :(

I had Mike DaSilva take a look at it at one of my gigs and he felt around inside and found the clamping caul.  I had to use a screwdriver to get it out and the uke came alive.  

I really thinned the plates too much and slightly underbraced it.  It has developed a dip in front of the bridge but it seems to have stabilized and didn't raise the action or effect the intonation, yet anyway.  Norman noticed it right away when it looked at it at the exhibition.

Getting ready to start a couple more tenors as soon as it warms up just a bit.  Also awaiting the availability of your soprano plan, Hint Hint. :)
Aloha,
Dominator

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Post by ukeman on Mar 6th, 2006 at 1:35pm
Yo Dominator...egads sounds like Barbara Walterts on 60 Minutes relating the perils of surgical mishaps like leaving forcepts, sponges and gloves in the wound and then closing up that sucker!


Actually a great story line..would of also been unreal if said caul had created an awesome projection in said uke...try chasing that!

Good practice in soundboard tops is to thin the perimeters on a taper but keep the center mass of the soundboard with some stiffness and mass to prevent distortion! Elsewise a bit more height on the interior bracings!

Will whisper at a loud volumne in Asa's ear...to get with the soprano plan shapes...ok  later then

ukeman

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Post by Dominator on Nov 25th, 2006 at 6:28pm
Aloha,
I spent the Thanksgiving break completing the two tenors I’ve been working on.  I strung the spruce top up yesterday and the mahogany tenor today.  From an internal construction standpoint the ukes are braced with the same fan- bracing scheme (3 fans).  Though the mahogany is remarkably more resonant and balanced than my first one the spruce top is a cannon.  It is significantly louder but maintains clarity whether finger picking or strumming aggressively.  I’m stoked; this is such a rewarding process.

The mahogany was supposed to be for my high school buddy from Colorado but every time I sent progress pictures of both ukes he always would comment “hey, that’s my uke on the left, (the spruce top with figured walnut back and sides) right?”  So when we got back from Hawaii I told him, before I even finished the ukes, that if he wanted the spruce top he could have it and that I would probably put the mahogany on Ebay to generate funds for some needed tools and other accessories.   He has chosen the spruce top so that’s the one he will get.  It will be tough to part with it but Pete Howlett was kind enough to send me some really special curly walnut and a really sweet spruce top to make another.

Here are a few pics.  The finish is True-Oil.  This is the first time I used it.  I like it but it’s a little on the glossy side for my taste.  I didn’t use pore filler so buffing it out to a satin finish was not an option.  Though not as dramatic as the walnut, the mahogany also has some nice rays and flecks in the grain that the pics don’t quite do justice.

Thanks to Asa for the extra nice mahogany.

I strung them both with Worth Clears.  They are still settling in but I plan to record some head on comparisons and post them in the next few days.





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Post by Hana Lima Ia on Nov 28th, 2006 at 7:49am
Awright Dominator, you did have a good Thanksgiving weekend!  These are really sweet my friend.  Super clean with an excellent finish.   The walnut with ebony bridge and fretboard is a very handsome combo.  No wonder your friend was taken!  No worries, the curly Honduran mahogany is getting harder to find, that one might be a keeper.  

I’m glad to hear you are still having fun and pushing the process further.  Keep up the great work!  

-Asa

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Post by haoleguy on Jan 22nd, 2007 at 7:43pm
Just finished my 5th tenor Uke. All Koa including the neck, with ebony fret board, head plate, bridge, nut & saddle. The binding is brazilian rosewood with abalone purfling. The fret board is bound with brazilian rosewood with a geko inlay. Finish is french polish, lots of work but well worth it.
Question for Ukeman...your instruction manual says the string height on the 12 fret is 5/32". It just feels a little to high for me. Is that the standard string height?
Rick





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Post by Ukeman on Jan 23rd, 2007 at 7:38am
Aloha Haole guy:

Your question: 12th fret top of wire to bottom of string : manual quotes 5/32nds...a good starting point only...if your fingerboard and frets are leveled and crowned well and you want lower faster action lower away..final measurements are up to your discretion.

Hint: I lower my action to my own satisfaction and then I made a little stick thicknessed to the distance twixt the top of the fret to the bottom of the string over the 12th fret.  Now I use this stick to standardise my string heights. Your favorite height will no doubt differ up or down....mainthing no buzzes anywhere....laters  ukeman

cool pics!

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Acabooe on Aug 30th, 2007 at 4:15pm
Aloha Everybody

All I can say is Mahalo Nui Loa to everyone who put up pics of there creations.
I am hoping to become a luthier some day, and you guys have inspired me to follow my dream.
Thanks

Bob :)

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by bjlaugher on Jan 20th, 2008 at 7:34am
Here is my second Kasha. It's a concert with an oval sound hole and plenty of abalone and mother of pearl inlay.



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Post by Likeke on Feb 13th, 2008 at 12:43pm
Here's my latest effort:  A koa uke with ebony binding, yellow MOP and abalone inlay, Gotoh open-gear tuners.  Low G Aquila strings.




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Post by Murray on Apr 12th, 2008 at 1:55pm
Here's my latest.  It's a Low G Kasha Concert with Brazillian Rosewood back and sides, Engleman Spruce top, Koa Binding and Ivory nut and saddle.  This is the loudest uke I've built.








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Post by Don_Orgeman on May 31st, 2008 at 9:59am
Here are some pictures of my first tenor ukulele

Top:  Engelmann Spruce
Sides/Back Bubinga
Neck: Sepele Mahogany
Fingerboard/Bridge:  Ebony
Finish: Tru-Oil
Strings:  Aquila Low G













Building the first one was great fun.  A big thanks to Mike and Asa for the manual that made it all possible.

I Have already started on number 2 with a tiger maple body/neck.

Don


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Post by unkabob on May 31st, 2008 at 12:20pm
Don:
Very nice.
I like the way that you book-matched the headstock veneer. The whole look is simple and classic.

Bob

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Post by Wood_Butcher on May 31st, 2008 at 12:51pm
Don,

It's a real beauty!  Thanks for sharing the process with us .  You've been a real help on my first build as well.  Looking forward to seeing the next one.

Keep on keepin' on,

Mark

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Post by unkabob on Jun 1st, 2008 at 5:49pm





Note the "Batman" style headstock.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by unkabob on Jun 1st, 2008 at 6:19pm
My first ukulele

Honduran mahogany, Fir strip, birch bridge,corian saddle
Watco Danish oil 5 coats
Ping tuners
zero fret
strings straight on tuners
sides 0.085"
top&back 0.94"

Ko Olau gold strings sound "plunky".
GHS strings sound "OK".
Aquila low G strings on order.


Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Matt Blacka on Jun 2nd, 2008 at 8:50pm
These are some pictures of the first uke I built, which I finished ages ago, but I have never gotten around to posting pictures. All the materials came from Hana Lima 'Ia and as always were high quality. The uke is:

Soundboard: Engleman Spruce
Back/Sides/Neck: Honduran Mahoganny
Fretboard/Bridge: Ebony
Binding: Purple Heart
Marker Dots: MOP
Tuners: Gotoh Mini

I have tried both Hilo and Aquila high G strings, and the uke sounds good with both of them. I have lowered the action since initial construction, which has improved playability.





My 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th ukes are currently about halfway through being built as a batch. Once they are boxed up I will post some progress pictures of these too.

Its good to see evryone else's creations for inspiration and ideas, so if you've made a uke and there aren't pictures posted, lets see them!

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Post by achock on Jun 2nd, 2008 at 9:12pm
These are really looking great!  I love it  ;D

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by lefty on Jun 3rd, 2008 at 8:48pm
Thanks to the help of some great members I figured out how to post photos.
 This in my second uke.  The first was a Stew/Mac kit.

It is all "Urban" wood.

Redwood soundboard
Black Acacia back, sides, neck and bridge
Eucalyptus fretboard, end graft  and headstock veneer.
Hana Lima Bridge & nut
Abalone inlay is from an old bracelet









Lefty


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Post by lefty on Jun 3rd, 2008 at 8:52pm
And this is my wife Deborah's uke.  It's her first.  We have each built a guitar also.  The pictures don't do it justice.  There is a flower inlaid on the back of the neck.









Lefty



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Post by achock on Jun 6th, 2008 at 7:40am
Lefty, I am glad you got these posted because they are really cool!   :o    Both the quality of your ukes and check out these photos!  Professional quality white room!

The natural rough edge bridge is beautiful, excellent touch.
Tasteful choice of materials, I like the all-natural look.  Outstanding.  


Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by lefty on Jun 7th, 2008 at 7:46am
Asa,

 Thanks for the kind words.  I am real happy with the looks, hope it sounds good.  I started the uke in a guitar making class at Palomar College in Northern San Diego County in September.  Finished them just in time for the year end banquet then delivered them to the Del Mar Fair where they will be on display with other student projects.
 The photos were taken at the banquet by a professional photographer so I can't take credit for that.

 Thanks for your comments,
Lefty

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by obmissy on Jun 7th, 2008 at 7:36pm
Hi Lefty,
I'll look for your 'uke at the fair.  I didn't finish mine in time. I'll be working in the old fashioned cabinet shop making chairs so be sure I will ogle your beautiful 'uke.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by lefty on Jun 9th, 2008 at 2:32pm
Hello Obmissy,
 Are you a student at Palomar?

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Murray on Jun 9th, 2008 at 9:08pm
Talk about six degrees of separation, I have a friend that's a teacher at Palomar!  He teaches ESL.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by lefty on Jun 9th, 2008 at 9:20pm
Hey, it's a very smal planet.

:)

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by dochughes on Jun 14th, 2008 at 9:06am
Hi guys!  Even though this is my first post, I've been lurking (i.e., a daily visitor!) for a year or more.  

I purchased a tenor uke kit from Hana Lima last year, started it over Thanksgiving weekend, and finished it this week.  Thought I'd post some pics of the final product.  

I want to thank Mike and Asa for a great manual that provided such detailed instructions that I rarely had to look for help elsewhere - but when I did, I either found my answer here on the message board, or they were gracious in quickly answering my emails.  You guys are the greatest!

Here are the pics - now that I've made my first post, I imagine I'll be posting more often:










Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by konacat on Jun 14th, 2008 at 7:03pm
Dochughes,

Wow! You did a fantastic job on your first ukulele. Have you built other instruments before? Well it doesn’t matter because you produced a ukulele that you can be proud of.  Nice design on the headstock and you did a great job on the rosette and inlay.  Yes, I agree that Mike and Asa have produced a wonderful product in their building manual. The manual basically follows their building classes giving everyone a great platform to learn from.  It may just be the photo but it appears the string spacing on the nut may not be even.  If so it’s an easy fix. You really did a nice job. :)

Philip

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Post by Murray on Jun 14th, 2008 at 8:43pm
If this is your first Uke, VERY impressive! ;D

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Post by lefty on Jun 14th, 2008 at 10:17pm
Hey Doc,

 What a beauty.  Looks great.  I really like the bound headstock.

Lefty

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Post by dochughes on Jun 15th, 2008 at 10:25am
Thanks, guys, for your kind words.  This is my first instrument, and I found the process of making it immensely rewarding.  Truly, it was one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done.  I'm really looking forward to the next ones - I've started two more, but they've been put on the back burner while I make some changes to my garage/shop area to better accommodate uke-building.  

Konacat, I hadn't noticed before, but I checked the strings at the nut and I think you're right - a bit uneven.  I'll have to correct that.  I"m still in the process of finding the strings I want to use on it.  Originally I was going to set this up with low-G tuning, but in the process of making the little scallops on the back edge of the bridge I over-did it, and didn't leave enough room on the compensated bridge to allow for the string holes.  So I switched to uncompensated bridge, and have it set up with re-entrant tuning.  I'd still like to try low-G strings on it, though.  Right now I've got it set up with Hilo high tension strings, and I don't particularly like them.  I'd like to try some Aquila's on it.

Anyway, thanks again for the compliments.  I really appreciate them!

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Post by Wood_Butcher on Jul 6th, 2008 at 1:02pm
dochughes,

I am in awe of you abalone purflings [smiley=thumbsup.gif].  Can you direct me towards any info on the techniques that you used on them?

Thanks,
Mark

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Post by dochughes on Jul 7th, 2008 at 3:28am

Wood_Butcher wrote on Jul 6th, 2008 at 1:02pm:
dochughes,

I am in awe of you abalone purflings [smiley=thumbsup.gif].  Can you direct me towards any info on the techniques that you used on them?

Thanks,
Mark


Thanks, Mark.  I was a little nervous about the process, but it proved to be very simple.  I got the paua inlay material from Hana Lima.  I know I've seen the instructions elsewhere, but the only place I can find them this AM is on the Stew-Mac website, and it's only a picture.

Shell inlay picture

Here is a brief rundown of the procedure, since it doesn't say much on that web page:  I was using the Hana Lima faux tortoise shell binding (which is actually polyethylene and very easy to work with), so I used Stew-Mac's Weld-On Cement for gluing on the binding.  At the time that I glued on the binding I also glued on the black/white/black accent strips with a strip of the no-stick filler strip in between, just like it shows in the picture.  

That filler strip really works as advertised - after allowing time for the glue to dry, I just popped it right out, which created a perfect channel for the paua strips.  Adding those was really fun - you just slip them in the channel, and as you go around the curves you break off pieces in lengths short enough to make the curve.  most of the time I did that with my fingers, but sometimes I needed a pair of needle nosed pliers for breaking the shorter pieces.  

Anyway, once I had them broken to length and fit in the channel I flowed super glue over it until all the spaces around the shell were filled.  Sanding down that hard shell flush with the soundboard was the toughest part of the whole procedure.  Scraper may work better.

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Post by lefty on Jul 7th, 2008 at 9:22pm
Doc,
Thanks for the explination.  I have thought about doing that kind of inlay but put it off for another build.  Now, maybe I am ready.
 You stated that you "Break off pieces in lengths short enough to make the curve."  Do you have to dress the ends of the broken pieces so they butt against each other?  That is the part I am not clear on.

Thanks,
Lefty

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Post by dochughes on Jul 8th, 2008 at 2:31am

lefty wrote on Jul 7th, 2008 at 9:22pm:
Do you have to dress the ends of the broken pieces so they butt against each other?  That is the part I am not clear on.


Hey Lefty -

No dressing is necessary.  You just push the pieces up tight together, and glue 'em in!  The paua already has irregular dark lines running all through it, and whatever small gaps are left between pieces are totally camouflaged by those.  You really have to look hard to see the joint lines between sections.

As you already know, the story on the rosette is different.  Those pieces, because of their width, do require dressing to get the pieces joined nicely - but that's been discussed on the board before.

Tim

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Post by lefty on Jul 8th, 2008 at 7:32am
Thanks Tim.  Sounds pretty slick.

Thanks

Thought I would share a jig I made for fitting the rosette pieces.  Just put a piece in the channel on the right side with the end extending over the edge and sand with a sanding block.

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r59/lefty701/3.jpg">

Lefty

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Post by dochughes on Jul 9th, 2008 at 6:54am
I actually copied your jig (I found it in an earlier post) and used it for dressing my rosette, Lefty!  I found that the rough side of a diamond finger nail file worked quickest and easiest of anything for smoothing up the end.

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Post by lefty on Jul 9th, 2008 at 7:36am
Great.  Glad you liked it.

What's next on the bench?

Lefty

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Post by dochughes on Jul 9th, 2008 at 12:42pm
Some time back I started a bubinga/western cedar concert, which was a second kit that I ordered from Hana Lima, and a claro walnut/figured redwood tenor.  But I'm doing some re-arranging in my shop area and haven't gotten back to them yet.  Hope to get back after them before too long.

In addition to the ukes themselves, I've got several projects intended to make the building process easier - I've got a handful of jigs I want to build, plans for a thickness sander, and a ancient jointer that belonged to my dad that I want to get fixed up and working again.

So lots of stuff on the table.

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Post by Wood_Butcher on Jul 11th, 2008 at 1:49am
dochughes,

I have a few more questions about you purfling inlays.

Did you use the curved abalone pieces from the rosettes that Hanalima sells to do all your purflings?

Did you seal your soundboard before using the super glue to keep it from staining the surface?

I am wondering whose bwb  you used and were you able to do the rosette groove with a single router pass, like a 3/16 or 1/4" bit?

If you have a closeup of the binding /purfling, it would be really great to see.

Sorry about all the questions, but the idea of doing this is overwhelming and any advice is greatly appreciated.  Keep up the great work.

Thanks,

Mark

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Post by dochughes on Jul 11th, 2008 at 6:19pm
Hi Mark -

I'm happy to answer your questions but feel a little inept - I've built only one uke start to finish, so my experience is very limited; however, I can tell you my experiences on that one.  Maybe others will have something to add.

I used 1/16" (.063") paua purfling that came from Hana Lima, although when I checked the shop store today they don't have any listed, so they may be out.  You can find it in a number of places - if you look on Ebay and search for "paua inlay" you can find it there.  Anyway, I just used straight pieces that were an inch long each, and broke them into the channel, as I explained before.  

The curve pieces sold by Hana Lima for the rosette are much wider - 1/8", I think.  The .063" width is available curved (at StewMac), but it's not necessary, from my experience.  

I did not seal my soundboard before using the superglue, although I've read that it's possible in some woods for superglue to penetrate the wood and cause staining - in the spruce top that I used, the superglue didn't cause any problems.

The black/white/black trim I used came from Stew-Mac - here's a link to the stuff I used.  I chose the narrower .040" because I wanted the subtle look.

I used a hole cutter on my drill press for cutting the channel for the rosette, which I didn't find to be all that suitable a method.  First, the bottom of the cut channel isn't flat - it's sloped, like the cutter.  Also, the width of the cutter was a little narrower than the width that I needed, so I had to move the position of the cutter and widen the channel - but I got it a little too wide when I did.  It's satisfactory, but not ideal, and that was frustrating.  Routing would probably be a better way to do it.

I don't have a close-up pic of the purfling, but I'll try to get one and post it tomorrow.  I'll try to show the breaks.

Tim





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Post by lefty on Jul 11th, 2008 at 9:54pm
Mark,
 I have only done 3 rosette inlays and I really suggest you put a coat of shellac on prior to useing super glue.
 On this curly redwood top I sealed the top with shellac and then cut the rosette out.  I glued the shell rosette (from Hana Lima) in with super glue.  The glue soaked all the way through the top.  Luckily I had a piece of wax paper underneath or I would have glued it to the bench.  
 If you look at the photo you can see some staining around the sound hole brace.



There was no staining on the top.



Hope this helps,
Lefty

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Post by Wood_Butcher on Jul 13th, 2008 at 3:42am
Tim,

Thanks for the good info.  It cleared up a lot of confusion about the materials.  I am thinking about french polishing my next project, so I will seal with shellac before doing the inlays.  I'm not sure if Tru-oil will work over a shellac seal coat.  Maybe the shellac would sand off in the levelling process?  Anyone have an answer?

Mark

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Post by Likeke on Jul 13th, 2008 at 10:15am
Newest concert uke in koa from Likeke.


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Post by Acabooe on Jul 13th, 2008 at 7:58pm
Great job Likeke,
I really like your logo on the headstock.

Out of curiosity, if you were to sell that, how much would you ask.
I am trying to figure out what I should charge for when I start building quality products like you have here.
Thanks
Bob

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Post by dochughes on Jul 14th, 2008 at 3:32am
Hey Mark -

Here are the close-up pics of the purfling that I promised:







With regard to your other question, I read somewhere that you can use shellac under Tru-oil, and I was thinking I'd try it on my next uke myself.

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Post by dochughes on Jul 14th, 2008 at 3:34am

Likeke wrote on Jul 13th, 2008 at 10:15am:
Newest concert uke in koa from Likeke . . .


Beautiful.  I love the koa.

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Post by lefty on Jul 14th, 2008 at 8:41am
Rich,
 That is beautiful.  Also enjoyed your web site.

Lefty

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Post by lefty on Jul 14th, 2008 at 8:42am
Almost forgot.

Tim, I really like that shell work.

Lefty

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Post by Likeke on Jul 27th, 2008 at 11:13am
This is my latest build. A Cocobolo low g concert uke with Englemann spruce top.  Faux turquoise dots and bridge trim.  Hummingbird inlay and sound port.



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Post by unkabob on Jul 27th, 2008 at 12:40pm
Beautiful!

Is that a hummingbird inlay on the side? How do you do that on a curved surface?

What finish did you use and how many coats.

Nice work.

Bob

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Post by Likeke on Jul 27th, 2008 at 12:42pm
Bob, the hummingbird on the side is a sound port.  The finish on top if french polish with matte finish and the sides and back are Colortone water-based lacquer. Thanks!

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Post by Likeke on Jul 27th, 2008 at 12:45pm
Oh Bob, regarding coats.  If you go to the Stewmac site under free information there is a schedule of finishing with water-based lacquer.  I filled the grain with West Epoxy, followed by 12 coats of grain sealer followed by 12 coats of topcoat.  These are not distinct coats in the traditional sense since each application bonds chemically with the previous application.  Polishing is done with micromesh from 1500 through to 12000 grit followed by Maguiers swirl remover.

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Post by unkabob on Jul 27th, 2008 at 12:49pm
I have been considering two puka and "F holes" for my next ukulele but that sound port looks so neat.

Bob

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Post by Likeke on Jul 27th, 2008 at 12:58pm
Bob, many of my luthier friends have been using sound ports on their guitars so I thought I'd try one.  I'm sold on them. This is the second one I built with sound port.  This one being a bit large than last.  It really works and doesn't diminish the sound coming out the front.  I can more than hold my own in jams.  In fact, yesterday at a kani, I had to play more gently not to overwhelm others.

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Post by lefty on Jul 27th, 2008 at 1:07pm
Wow, that is a mighty pretty uke.  If you get a chance could you add a closeup photo of the bridge and the sound port.

Just curious.  If you applied a coat of epoxy why was it necessary to apply the coats of grain filler.

Thanks,
Lefty

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Post by Likeke on Jul 27th, 2008 at 1:20pm
The Colortone schedule calls for the buildup of coats using "sealer" not filler followed by lacquer topcoat.



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Post by dochughes on Jul 27th, 2008 at 5:25pm
All I can say is, WOW!  BEAUTIFUL job!  

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Post by Acabooe on Jul 27th, 2008 at 6:22pm
Beautiful job Likeke.

I have started my second build finally, and it feels sooooooo good to get back into it.
Plus in 6 days I will start taking my classes at Hana Lima, so I will actually be working on 2 at once come next week.
Keep us updated on your future builds, you are a true crafts man.

Aloha
Bob

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Post by lefty on Jul 27th, 2008 at 9:12pm
Thanks Rich,

Beautiful work.

Lefty

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Post by Wood_Butcher on Jul 28th, 2008 at 6:50am
Yahoo!!!

Wow. When I got online to post, I was amazed by all the ukes that have been posted lately.  Great work everybody.  Very inspiring.

Finally got my first uke strung up.  Looked at the receipts a while back and noticed my kit from Hanalima was dated 9/3/04.  Actually have a few things to clean up, but got impatient to hear how it sounds.  Hope I have the discipline to go back and finish them up.

I used lemon oil on my fretboard, but not happy with it.  Is fretboard oil the way to go?

My uke is sitting on the mango for a future baritone build.  Anyone seen the plans for a full body version(hint, hint!).  Like the looks of the cutaway, but am a little intimidated by the side/neck interface.

Also would like to build in koa with a little curly material.  Anyone have some suggestions on where to find some.  I've googled around but selections seem limited.

Thank you,

Mark






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Post by Acabooe on Jul 28th, 2008 at 8:32am
Hey woodbutcher, your uke looks great.

I use dutch oil on my fret boards, and it works really well.
Just make sure that after you put it on, you wipe off all of the excess, or there will be a difference in the color later on.

As far as were to get koa I have a few suggestions.

Try www.curlykoa.com it is from a company on the mainland, and IMHO there prices are reasonable. They sell Koa, Mango, and maybe more, I don't remember.

You could also try going on ebay and searching for the seller mackieorchids and sending them a mail telling them what you are looking for.
They are located on the Big Isand of Hawai'i, so shipping might be a lil bit expensive, but they have some good stuff.

I hope these can help you.
If not you might ask philip ( konacat ) because he knows other ones that I don't

Take care,
Bob

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Post by lefty on Jul 28th, 2008 at 9:12am
Mark,

 Very nice looking ukulele.  You should be proud.


Bob is right about curlykoa.com.  They are located in Dufur, OR. and have some really nice stuff.  I have bought a few sets from them (for future builds) and they were a great company to do business with.

Tell em Lefty sent ya,   ;D
Lefty

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Post by unkabob on Jul 28th, 2008 at 1:30pm
I think that Bob is referring to Danish oil. It should be available at Home Depot. This stuff soaks in to the wood and is good for two coats about one hour apart (see the can). After the wood is sealed it takes several days for a coat to dry. Sunlight helps it dry,sort-of. I should be doing that job tomorrow.

Bob

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Post by konacat on Jul 28th, 2008 at 2:16pm
Yes, Steve Schaefer at Hawaiian Hardwoods has very nice products and he is a very nice guy (web site is www.curlykoa.com). If you sign up for his site you can sometimes get additional discounts from his displayed prices. Besides Koa and Mango Steve has some very hard to find Kamani wood.  I hand picked some Koa and curly mango at his shop and was very happy with the tap tones and looks. One thing I always try to remember is that extraordinarily beautiful wood doesn’t necessarily mean a better sounding instrument. Some of the best sounding ukuleles that I have seen played by pros have been nice looking Koa, Mango, or plain Mahogany. I have also seen instruments that will knock your socks off with their beauty only to sound ok. As I say this I remember I have a really beautiful set of figured myrtle that my wife picked out just waiting for me to get time. I guess it is what ever floats your boat. Just remember that highly figured woods can sometimes cause problems when bending.

Another location for koa is http://www.volcanoguitarworks.com. I believe they are having a summer 20% off sale but you will need to email them for availability of ukulele size wood.

Bob Gleason at Pegasus Guitars and Ukuleles also sells Koa. He has some select Koa and some student grade Koa available at some fair prices right now. Wood prices are displayed on his front page and other info via the site map. It is better to call then to email.http://www.pegasusguitars.com/

Philip

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Post by Acabooe on Jul 28th, 2008 at 3:50pm
yeah danish oil, that's what I meant...oops

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Post by unkabob on Aug 2nd, 2008 at 4:39pm

Bob

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Post by unkabob on Aug 2nd, 2008 at 5:24pm
My second ukulele is strung-up and sounds good.
Time setting up the frets really pays when using the zero-fret. All the adjustment is on saddle height.

Pineapple tenor  Unkabob 02

soundboard & back- three part mahogany 0.073"
sides          - mahogany 0.070"
string-guide - 1 1/2"
saddle        - ebony
finish          - truoil  20 coats
fretboard & bridge - Watco Danish oil  2 coats
strings        - Aquila low G
string width - 1 1/4  between outside strings

I am already thinking about the next project.

Bob

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Post by Wood_Butcher on Aug 2nd, 2008 at 6:28pm
Bob,

That baby is sweet.  Did you build from plans or is it your own design?

Mark

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Post by Acabooe on Aug 2nd, 2008 at 9:08pm
Great job Bob.

Good luck on your next build.
Aloha
Bob

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Post by lefty on Aug 2nd, 2008 at 10:18pm
Unkabob.  

Very nice.

Lefty

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Post by unkabob on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 8:18am
Mark:
A long boring story.
I was at Hana Lima Ia last February and asked about pineapple plans. Mike was there and said "Just use the regular plans with a pineapple shape".
I took the tenor plans and a steel ruler and while I flexed the ruler, my neighbour drew the shape on the plans. I will try to post a picture that will explain.

It may be a bit primitive (no banding or rosette or dots) but it has a nice "round" sound. The wood is a little thin so it may require a humidifier in the case in the winter.

I am thinking how to build a case.

Bob

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Post by Don_Orgeman on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 12:56pm
Bob:

Great looking uke.

Until you mentioned no banding, rosette or dots I had not noticed that they were not there -- so they are not needed for a great look.

Don

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Post by unkabob on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 1:49pm
Don;
The Truoil is much lighter than Danish oil.
I would like to have banding to protect the corners, maybe teflon or lexan.
I picked up a pua rosette and dots but I can't find them now.

Bob

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Post by Wood_Butcher on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 5:19pm
Bob,

Seems like too easy of a design modification.  Does the increased internal volume require a modified soundhole size to get maximum volume?

Hope you find you paua dots.  I know I'd get lost on the fretboard without markers.

I knew I saw a case somewhere.  Check out the coffin cases that Glyph Ukuleles offers.  Seems like an idea you could easily work into a pineapple case.

Mark

http://www.glyphukulele.com/Glyph_Instruments.html

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Post by konacat on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 5:30pm
Bob,

Great Job on the pineapple ukulele. [smiley=thumbsup.gif]I have been thinking about using a zero fret on my next build too. How do you like it?

Philip

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Post by unkabob on Aug 3rd, 2008 at 5:58pm
Philip:
You have to take real care to level your frets (particularly zero, one and two) before you glue it on. You set your height at the twelfth fret by adjusting saddle height. You may need a thicker bridge to keep the saddle exposure less. I used a standard Hana Lima bridge and saddle.

Its hard to say whether the zero-fret alters the sound unless you build two identical and compare them side by side.

The wide string width feels wider on this one but not on my first one. A "D"chord is still tight for me and "B"flat is still a stretch. I just need more practice. Barring a "D7" makes me think that a radiused fretboard might help.

Bob

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Post by dochughes on Aug 4th, 2008 at 2:54am
Beautiful job, Bob.  I'd love to do a pineapple desing on one of my future builds.  Did you make a side bender to match the shape?

Looks really lovely.  You did a great job on the finish.

(Oops!  Nevermind - I saw you mods on the other board ;))

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Post by Acabooe on Nov 27th, 2008 at 3:46pm
Aloha Everyone,

I am very excited to say that I have my first Ukulele that is ready for sale.

The name of it is KT-RJBJR-0004 ( Kasha Tenor, made by me, # 4 ).
I call it the Koi tenor for short.

This Ukulele was finished today 11/27/08 after working on it for about 2 months.

Here is a little info about it.
Sound board, Back board, Sides, and Head cap = Koa
Neck= Sapele Mahogany
Braching system = Modified Kasha Schneider
14th fret neck/body connection, 18 frets total
17 3/32'' Scale ( Tenor )
Gotoh SGM Mini tuners Chrome with MoP buttons
Aquila ( High G all nylgut ) Strings.
Inlay material = Curly Maple, Rosewood, Koa, and Sand ( yes, I said sand ).
Here are some pictures, I hope you guys like them.






I'll put up a sound sample soon.



Aloha
Bob

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Post by dochughes on Nov 28th, 2008 at 4:30am
It's beautiful, Bob.  You did a fantastic job.  The inlay work is lovely, and that's a beautiful piece of curly koa you use for the head cap.  I really like the design - looking forward to hearing what she sounds like!

Tim

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Post by Acabooe on Nov 28th, 2008 at 2:44pm
Thanks much for the compliments Tim.

Here is a sound sample of the Koi Tenor.
Hope you all like it.
Bob

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm170/Bourque_photo/th_MOV09291.jpg

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Post by unkabob on Nov 28th, 2008 at 5:23pm
Bob:
Nice job!
You have come a long way in the last year. The inlay work is really neat.

How was your first entry at the UGH convention received?

Good luck on the next one.

Bob

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Post by Acabooe on Nov 28th, 2008 at 9:59pm
Thanks Bob,
This tenor is one of the ones that i entered.
The other that i entered was my shamisen style prototype.
Both were received well, the Japanese that were there liked the shamisen ( obviously ) and i asked advice and opinions from any builder or player that would stand still long enough to listen. I really learned alot from the guild show this year, and i can't wait for next year.
By next year, my skills will be better, and I'll have a sellable shamisen style ready as well.
Aloha
Bob

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Post by unkabob on Nov 29th, 2008 at 7:44am
Bob:
How dificult was it building the Kasha with all the little rib bits?
I am gearing up for a Kasha baritone and I already see me carving bits and gluing them on the soundboard.

Looking ahead.

Bob

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Post by Acabooe on Nov 29th, 2008 at 10:46am
Rib Bits? Not sure what you mean.
this project was chalenging, but fun at the same time. There were probably a dozen times where i screwed something up and I had to make a soultion, but I am very proud of it.
Bob

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Post by Acabooe on Dec 12th, 2008 at 12:38pm
Thaks everyone who liked my ukulele.
I am happy to say that I just sold it for $800.
Aloha
Bob

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Post by unkabob on Dec 14th, 2008 at 2:25pm
Bob:
Let's see now, $800 for a mere two months hard work--------You ain't gonna get rich. Honestly its great that you sold the first one at a good price. You may yet be able to turn this into a career.

Talking with a guitar builder (75 guitars& 30 violins), who said that it usually takes six more instruments before you equal the quality of workmanship of the first one. You tend to get less-vigilant (sloppy) after you finish the first one. I know that it has happened with me (I keep forgetting the grafts). The fit on my next one is problematic. So keep your concentration.

Another piece of art that sounds good.

Bob

Aloha

Bob

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Post by OBMIT on May 7th, 2009 at 1:26am
Hey Guys

Im New Here.

My Name is Tim I'm from Australia. I have just made my first purchase with hana lima 'ia an stumbled across this forum.

I have made a Saprano Uke and have just started making two more.

Here are the pics of my first attempt.














http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bru3dYucCpo

Talk soon

Tim


Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by konacat on May 7th, 2009 at 1:42pm
Tim,

Welcome to the Hana Lima ‘Ia Forum. She's a bewdy bottler mate! It’s hard to believe this is your first ukulele. I really like the end graft. Of course you built a stubby but next time you can build a full size one. LOL  What woods did you use? I know that you have some different woods down there but it looks like some kind of mahogany with maple, ash, or pine binding. Sometimes photos don’t give the best of colors. Just remember my rule of thumb is that although your carful mistakes happen and that includes the pros. The good thing is that mistakes are almost always repairable. In fact, it can sometimes initiate creative and interesting resolutions. So if things go bad don’t get knacked just go done get a slab and spend the night playing your ukulele.

Philip

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by OBMIT on May 7th, 2009 at 2:06pm
Hi Phil

Thanx for the compliments.

BACK and SOUND BOARD - Sepele (mahogany)
SIDES- Walnut
BINDING- Birds eye maple
NECK - Sepele
FINGER BOARD and SADLE - Wenge

30% gloss finish polyurethane.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by dochughes on May 8th, 2009 at 10:48am
Very beautiful job, Tim.  I love it!!  The wood tones really compliment each other.  Nice finish.  An excellent effort on your first uke!

Tim

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Matt Blacka on May 9th, 2009 at 2:21pm
Hi everyone,

Thought I would just post some pictures of the modified Kasha tenor uke I just finished off. The uke is made with an Engelmann Spruce soundboard and Honduras Mahogany neck (thanks Asa). The back and sides are Tasmanian “Tiger” Myrtle, a rare native Australian tonewood. The fretboard, bridge and heel cap are Macassar Ebony. The bindings are “Tiger” myrtle, and I have used b/w/b purflings on both the soundboard and back.

The soundboard has been built with a 25 ft dome, while the back has a tighter 15 ft foot dome. The neck was reinforced with a carbon fibre stiffening rod, and the fretboard has been profiled with a 12” radius.
The sound is a noticeable improvement on the standard fan braced uke. The sustain is significantly better, especially on the top end notes, and the tone is warmer with clearer notes across the full spectrum.





Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Louman on May 10th, 2009 at 4:00am
Wow, That's a nice one!

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by dochughes on May 10th, 2009 at 9:16am
Outstanding build, Matt.  I love the tiger myrle - I've done some checking for it myself, without luck - looks beautiful and sounds great at the same time!  You can't beat that!  I've always thought that  instruments need that sound hole in the middle of the sound board, under the strings, to sound right.  Your new uke shows once again that I've got it all wrong ;)!

Very nice work.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by unkabob on May 10th, 2009 at 1:53pm
Matt:
I am impressed. The attention to detail outstanding and that sounhole (s) is so neat.

Bob :D

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Ukululu on May 28th, 2009 at 11:17am
Let's see if I can make this work....

I made this in honor of my dog Rufus. The top is red cedar and the box is purple heart.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Ukululu on May 28th, 2009 at 11:19am
try again...
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Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by unkabob on May 28th, 2009 at 3:52pm
Ukululu:
Neat!
The sound hole and bridge are nice touches.
Does the wide head interfere with your playing?

Bob

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Ukululu on May 29th, 2009 at 12:11pm
Bob,

Thanks for the kind words.

I made the head far enough away from the "nut" that it's not in the way. If you want to see more: www.ukululu.com or look me up on YouTube.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Byggles on Jun 2nd, 2009 at 9:55am
This was my first instrument build and I am very happy with the way it turned out.  I learned a lot of lessons, some harder than others.
The plan was from Hana Lima Ia and the wood is walnut, cherry and mahogany.  The mahogany was part of an old tractor crate and the remainder came from 1inch boards in the shop.  The fret board 'dots' are copper slices and the footprint is from an off-cut of copper plumbing I came across.
I still have to trim the saddle ends and lower the action a little.  Not sure what I will do with all the free time I am going to have now this is finished!

http://picasaweb.google.com/Byggles
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Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by unkabob on Jun 2nd, 2009 at 2:10pm
Byggles:
Nice job.
The laminated neck looks difficult. I really like your "found" wood supply.
You can practice playing it with all your newly found spare time.

Bob

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by konacat on Jun 2nd, 2009 at 3:02pm
Ukululu:

Nice Job! Is this ukulele for a left-hander? The strings appear to me as a lefty.

Philip

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Ukululu on Jun 3rd, 2009 at 1:57am
I am constantly impressed by the talent people show on this forum. I've been making ukes for three years, and still don't feel confident that anything I make will turn out any good. Then I come here and see such beautiful work from first time builders.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by unkabob on Jun 3rd, 2009 at 10:07am
Ukululu:
I was told by a pro luthier that it usually takes six more builds to achieve the quality of the first build. The first one is usually by the book and the next few have a few corners cut while you improve your skills.

Bob

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Byggles on Jun 3rd, 2009 at 4:54pm

unkabob wrote on Jun 2nd, 2009 at 2:10pm:
Byggles:
Nice job.
The laminated neck looks difficult. I really like your "found" wood supply.
You can practice playing it with all your newly found spare time.

Bob


The neck looks more complicated than it was.  The layers help achieve symmetry while shaping.  

Lulu, I found myself putting off many jobs until there was nothing else I could do to stall.  Luthiers all have nerves of steel!  I love your designs, very original.

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by OBMIT on Jul 26th, 2009 at 12:25am
Just like to say a big thanks to Asa and HANA LIMA 'IA for the great service in there on line store. I always get my parts in a timely manner and I live in Australia.

Cheers.

Here is a pic of my new uke Soprano number 3, with the winning certificates from the Royal Darwin Show.

1st place prize Craft, Usable wooden item.
1st Place prize Best overall woodwork piece.

Very happy winner :D

I even walked away with some cash (wonder where ill spend that hey ;))













Regards

Tim

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by unkabob on Jul 26th, 2009 at 3:46pm
Obmit:
First class!
Those necks appear to be quilted or something. What materials did you use?

Bob :o

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by dochughes on Jul 27th, 2009 at 4:03am
Beautiful workmanship!

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by YaBB Administrator on Jul 27th, 2009 at 3:19pm
Wow this is some great work!

Hey Omit, nice job and congrats on the show awards!  That is really cool...makes me feel happy too for some reason.   :)

Ukululu, the dog Rufus inlay is awsome!

Byggles, I can't believe that instrument is part crate!  

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Hana Lima Ia on Oct 17th, 2009 at 10:52am
Posting some customer work from Kalei D.

Two custom koa Tenor ukes!  Check out the Maui soundhole design on the Kasha. 
Nice work Kalei!









Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Hana Lima Ia on Nov 23rd, 2009 at 11:49am
More uke pics!  This cigar box uke is the latest project from Ladyjo.








Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by unkabob on Nov 23rd, 2009 at 2:12pm
It looks neat. That distributed sound hole is interesting.
I hope that those aren't Cuban cigars.

bob

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Doc Waddel on Aug 1st, 2010 at 7:57pm
I"m a new member, just joined this evening.  I started buying supplies from Hana Lima Ia about a year ago when I started practicing Uke and shortly after began making them!
so here they are. #1 Full carbon tenor, #2 Carbon Tenor body/neck/head with spruce top, #3 Carbon Concert Banjolele
....Sorry the Pics will have to wait until I figure out how to put them on here! http://www.kodakgallery.com/imaging-site/services/doc/5431:821168035905/jpeg/SM
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OK... it's getting closer to having the Pics!  I'll try again later.... tried again.  You can see a little pic but as you can see it's not showing here.
Les

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by stewpot1 on Nov 16th, 2010 at 1:17pm
Well I’ve finally finished my first Uke and it's been a challenge to say the least!
Original sides cracked in the bender so I replaced them with Walnut sides -shame it's not same as back but this was meant to be a learning process and it looks Ok.

14 Fret tenor Kasha UKE.
Back - Bubinga.
Sides - Walnut (my initial Bubinga sides proved too hard to bend on my home made bending machine!!).
Neck - Black Walnut.
Fingerboard - Ebony.
Head Cap/Rosette -Bubinga (was determined to make use of those damaged sides!).
Binding set - Ebony. All my Curly Koa ones broke when bending.






Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by Hana Lima Ia on Nov 17th, 2010 at 2:04pm
Hey nice work Stewpot!  Really not an easy project, but looking good!  If you decide to do another it is guaranteed to be easier.  Also, you went all out for the first one!!  The binding top/back and using the kasha bracing (extra difficulty points).  Oval soundhole WITH rosette (all kinds of problems there) and you got the matching headstock inlay!

Cool detail strip down the back.  Nice planning that out to flow into the heel cap.  The sides even look like they do match the back. 

Your saddle looks a bit too tall.  If your action feels high you might want to take that down.

Nice work, Congrats!!

Title: Re: Show off your Uke Here!
Post by stewpot1 on Nov 18th, 2010 at 8:35am
Thanks for your kind words of encouragement, i treated it as a learning vehicle and so wanted to put as much in it as possible.
My son plays it as i can't, and he also mentioned the slightly high action. I have lowered it a little and he is happier with it.

It sound great to me but i can't help wondering what it would sound like if i put a bass port hole in the side like many of the examples on this web site!

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