While it has not been my intention to make this a "how-to" or process blog, I am wading through some new water for me, and I thought it might be useful to document some of the process here. Unfortunately, I did not get any photos of the pieces as they came off the piano, nor of them before I thicknessed them. So the documentation picks up sort of mid-stream. Being that white pine won't bend, I am making my own cigar boxes, in a way, and then I will make the boxes into instruments. I am actually making these ukes from zero, which has never been the intention here at the Instrument Works, but it seems right for this pair. And I sure have learned a lot about what I don't know about making instruments.
Here is the story so far, picking up after the pieces have been thicknessed and ripped to width:
|Here are the parts for the two boxes. I am mitering the corners so the veneer wraps. I had contemplated finger joints like you see on cigar boxes, but this seemed to make more sense.|
|Here they are home from the big shop and on my bench, ready for hand work.|
|Of course it is important to me that all of the parts come from the piano, so I laminated some up to make the necks.|
|the shingles, once they were planed down, were so skinny and delicate that I thought that some bracing might be in order. I have never put bracing on a lid before, here's hoping this works.|
Here are the heads getting glued on to the necks. It is almost like I am making real instruments or something.
So there is a lot of faux luthery going on here, cobbled together out of what I remember from visits to actual luthier shops. I hope these sound ok, I am sailing new waters here for sure. More updates as I have time to post them