Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dainties Uke (IW#051)

I had two things I wanted to try with this one:  I had seen a photo of a guitar someone made with a table leg, and I like the turned look at the end, so I wanted to try that.  I also had recently seen Tim Anderson's tapered reamer and peg shaver and really wanted to give them a shot.  One of the things that has been bugging me has been that I work with all of this found stuff and then I buy cheap tuners from China.  That sure as heck isn't found, that's bought.  Cheating, in a way.  So I really want to make my own pegs, and this is the best way I know how.

So I tried to make a cookie tin banjo uke from a little tin from the flea market.  The turning on the table leg is a bit too narrow at the nut, so it does not really work in that sense, but the pegs and the tapered hole were a success.  So as a proof-of-concept exercise it worked, which I am pretty excited about.  It sounds ok, but I think I am going to disassemble it and put a different neck on it one of these days.  I like the table leg idea, it is just too skinny for four strings.  It could work for a three string job, thouh, so that might be next.  Here it is:

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