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Message started by mcramer on Mar 19th, 2011 at 1:57pm

Title: Assembly Jig Work Board
Post by mcramer on Mar 19th, 2011 at 1:57pm
Looking for plans for an "assembly jig work board and Go bar deck.......starting to build my new Hana Lima 'Ia concert ukulele

thanks Mike

Title: Re: Assembly Jig Work Board
Post by Don_Orgeman on Mar 19th, 2011 at 3:43pm

The best guide for building and assembly jigs is the Hana Lima book if you are building a ukulele with a spanish heel.  There are so many good ideas in this book that it is worth getting regardless of the method you are using for assembly.

The best Go-bar deck I have seen is Kathy Matsushita's deck.  She uses 3/4 inch pipes (3 foot long) as uprights and uses pipe clamp ends to hold the double thickness adjustable shelf in the correct position.  This allows for easy and fast adjustment of the deck.  I made a similar deck using pipe clamp flanges to secure the top and bottom instead of the usual threaded rods and I just love it.

This deck might appear to be larger than needed for a ukulele but you may decide to move to guitars at some point and this deck will handle them also.

Here is a picture of Kathy's deck.  Check out her web page.  She has a whole bunch of cool building journals including ukulele builds.  She also modified the deck by adding a television swivel to allow her to pivot the go-bar deck which is a great idea for a small shop.



Title: Re: Assembly Jig Work Board
Post by mcramer on Mar 20th, 2011 at 1:34am
Hi Don ~ thank you for responding quickly; Michael and Asa's book came in the mail yesterday :)  I can't read it fast enough....while reading that is where I saw the "assembly Jig Work Board" statement and looked for the picture and or plan by skipping ahead in the book (did not see) so I will re-read the book but I do not want to get to far ahead of my self.....
Thanks for the go-bar deck photo....GREAT Stuff


Title: Re: Assembly Jig Work Board
Post by unkabob on Mar 20th, 2011 at 8:48am
Page 23 in my edition shows the a go-bar deck with threaded inserts located in the bench-top. If you continue building, you will probably try building a guitar or two and the deck that Don is talking about would save you from up-sizing your equipment.

Good luck on the concert.

Bob 8-)

Title: Re: Assembly Jig Work Board
Post by robbyrob on Aug 16th, 2011 at 6:34am

I'm curious about the "assembly jig work board" as well. I looked/searched through this forum a bit and couldn't find it. Does anyone have the plans for it to share?



Title: Re: Assembly Jig Work Board
Post by Hana Lima Ia on Aug 16th, 2011 at 10:41am
This is just a flat surface with two raised edges.  (Photo on pages 12 and 13)  Sort of like a tray...it has to be big enough for your joined backs/fronts.

Using one edge to secure the first plate and wedges along the second edge to squeeze the plates tight together when joining. 

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