I have decided to try my hand at building a ukulele this summer.
All I have is a blueprint to go by --- I've decided to build
a "concert" size ukulele for this first one. Maybe
one of the things that got me interested in building a ukulele
was that recording of "Over the Rainbow" with "Wonderful
World" done by Israel Kamakawiwo`ole --- I'm sure you've
heard it --- it was the background music used when Mark Greene
died in the TV show, "ER". From what I've heard, it
was also played in the movie "Finding Forrester" and
"Meet Joe Black".
ANYWAY.... I was captivated by that song, so I thought I'd
build the instrument that made such a gentle, simple sound! (Also,
I like building little instruments, anyway.)
Here are some photos from my beginning of this project. Below
is the mold I built, by using the template/router method to rout
the six pieces of birch plywood, which I then glued together.
To the right of the mold is the 1/4" hardboard template
for the ukulele.
To the right are the top (Engelmann spruce) with a
simple rosette black/white/black ring, and another view of the
top with the bracing pattern marked out.