Friday, 29 April 2011

Cigar Box Sopranino Completed

Cigar box sopranino finally finished, note the cool multi-coloured  strings.  This one already has a home, will get a video up soon...

Sneek peek of Pineapple No. 1

Heres a couple of photos of Pineapple No. 1 all oiled up.

Slotting the nut

I find that wiping a little lemon oil or wax on either side of the nut file helps to stop it binding in the groove as you cut.


I draw up my plans in illustrator and try to fit components onto an A4 page!

Planing the headstock

Using little victor to plane the back of the headstock flat.  The rasp, sandpaper  and spokeshave were used to start the neck carve.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Cigar Box Sopranino, oil finish

Pores filled on the neck, oil finish started.  Really brings the fir top to life.

Roughing out a neck

Carefully cutting the headstock angle with my ryoba.

Planing the headstock face flat.

Stacking the heel.

English Cherry Pineapple, No. 2 Started

Sides planed to thickness and bent on the iron.  This Cherry bends nicely.  Much faster than my first attempt at bending!

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Cigar Box Sopranino

Mini cigar box uke prior to finishing, tuned ebgd an octave higher than baritone.  Made from an old solid cedar Henri Wintermans cigar box.  Bookmatched Douglas fir top (off-cut), sapele neck (off-cut), and English laburnum fingerboard/bridge.

English Cherry Pineapple, Strings On.

First ukulele off the block, before being oiled.  All English cherry, pineapple shape soprano.  Really pleased with this one!