Friday, July 11th . . . While the shed-builders were building my shed, I did a little work on the uke. I glued the back to the sides, thus completing my soundbox!!! I still need to trim the overhang.

I also made and glued in the label for the uke (of course, before I had glued the back on)

I haven't worked on the uke for a few days now, as I have been a bit busy painting my shed....But I will get back to it soon...


Thursday, July 17 . . . Today I got back to working on the uke. I first trimmed the overhang with my bandsaw (I tilted the table slightly to avoid sawing into the side), up to about 1/16" from the side. Then I used a flush-cutting bit to rout the overhang flush to the side. It worked well. I am getting more confident and comfortable with using the router!

Next, I used the Stew-Mac adjustable binding attachment for the Dremel you see to your right , to rout the binding channels on the soundbox. The attachment has an adjustable roller guide, which follows the side of the soundbox. I am using a 5/16" carbide routing bit in the Dremel. The flat part of the attachment rides along the top or back surface as you rout.

Finally, I got to the MESSIEST part of binding --- at least when I'm doing plastic bindings --- gluing it on with Duco cement. I'm just doing a simple tortoise-shell binding for this ukulele.. That's strapping tape you see clamping the bindings in place as the glue dries. I say this is the "messiest" job because no matter what I do, I end up with dried Duco cement all over my fingers whenever I do this ---- and that's pretty hard to remove!!!! It takes tons of scrubbing....



 The last thing I did today was to trim the neck on the bandsaw. Oh, yeah....and I also glued a 1/2" dowel in the heel, because, once again, I'm using a bolt-on neck for this uke. I'm just really comfortable doing this kind of a neck joint. I'm using smaller bolts, though, which can be tightened using an allen wrench.


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