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DIY Ukes - Musical Chairs


Over the last year or so I have been experimenting with making ukes. I have managed to make at least a couple that seem to me to work well. When I get around to it this page will have more photos and a few notes on what I have learned and where I have found info which has helped.

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Timber from chairs like this was used to build
three ukes.
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The arms made one. The rails, plus an insert down the centre, allowed another two. Planers and sanders cleaned up the timber after gluing the body together.
UKE BUILDING - 5.jpg Fronts and backs were made from other chair parts. Pieces were matched and glued. Sanders and a thicknesser were used to thin the material closer to finished size.
UKE BUILDING - 02.jpg While they are all basically the same construction, each uke presented different problems, sometimes self-inflicted! Some 'design features' are the result of correcting them. There is scope for easy variation in design when shaping the headstock
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I bought the nearest uke in this photo The others were made from old pine lounge chairs. My original teardrop shaped uke, bought from Richard Troughear, is on the right.

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