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Hawaii Ukulele - Rescued from the Rose Bowl Flea Market

I found this little gem at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and at first thought it was just tourist crap. Well, technically, it sorta was, but I was intrigued enough to pick it up, and it turned out that, other than the fretboard and strings, it was a pretty well built little instrument, and had a great tap-sound on the body. At that point, I was hooked.

Wrap Up and Demo Video | August 7, 2016

The Hawaii uke is done! It was a fun project, and it turned out great. The video in this post gives a brief overview of the whole project and then some footage of guest musician Jake Sharp playing the instrument itself.


Bridge, Nut and Strings = Done! | August 5, 2016

In this post I put the final pieces in place and call this rescue a success. This will be the final ‘build-post’ for the Hawaii Uke project. There will be one more post after this one, but since all the work is now done, that last post will be the wrap-up and demo video.


Don't Fret, It's Time for Frets | July 18, 2016

The frets are cut, trimmed and installed. The ends are trimmed, the frets are dressed, and the final product looks great. Take a look at the process in this post.


Blending the Binding and Adding the Dots | July 15, 2016

The binding gets blended smoothly with the contour of the neck, and then we add marker dots.


Attaching and Binding the Fretboard | July 14, 2016

This post is all about how I atached and bound the fretboard on a neck that was not even close to being straight. The cahllenge was to make the top of the fretboard (the playing surface) feel straight to the player while visually blending in the lower edge with the wavy side of the neck.


More Fretboard and Some Bridge Work | July 12, 2016

In this short post, I clean up the detail end on the fretboard, and get the old bridge off the instrument.


Shaping and Slotting the Fretboard | June 28, 2016

It’s been all fretboards all the time for the last week or so, and I’ve made some great progress. I guess that “great” probably reflects quality more than quantity. Ten days to cut out, plane and slot a fretboard is probably not fast in the grand scheme of things, but as far as being happy with what I’ve gotten out of those ten days, I’m sticking with “great”.

Some Musing on Fretboards and Some De-Construction | June 16, 2016

In this episode, I make decisions about new fretboards (radius or flat) and make sawdust out of an old fretboard. I also show off the new bridge.


Introducing the Hawaii Uke Rescue | June 14, 2016

I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for old planes. I have too many. But this Stanley, which I found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, was just too cool to pass up. A little rusty, and the handle was broken, but it was nothing that couldn't be solved with a little care and some elbow grease.