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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Making A Boat Paddle Tenor Ukulele - Part 10 - Assembling all the Parts

Roll Call of Parts

Here are the front and back skins that were made previously.
At the moment they are over-large, and they will be trimmed to size after gluing them to the body.

Shown below are almost all of the parts - assembled before fitting and gluing together.

From top to bottom:
  1. Body
  2. Four tuners
  3. Laminated neck
  4. Headboard - to be glued on before tuners are added
  5. Fretboard and 
  6. Nut
  7. Bridge
  8. Back skin
  9. Soundboard

There is much remaining to be done.

Final Assembly Steps

Here is a guide to the remaining steps in order.
  1. The mortice for the tenon on the neck, has to be cut into the neck block on the body.
  2. The neck is only roughly formed and needs shaping.
  3. The fretboard needs to be laid out, and cut for the fret wires.
  4. The fret-wires need to be inlaid.
  5. The back needs to be glued in place.
  6. The neck without fretboard is glued to the body - before the soundboard is attached (see number 9 for care in fitting).
  7. The soundboard is glued to the front - covering the neck tenon (see number 9 for care in fitting).
  8. The fretboard is glued in place, over the top of the neck and over the top of the soundboard.
  9. It is important that the top surface of the neck, and the top face of the soundboard are in exactly the same plane when finished, so that the fretboard covers them cleanly.
  10. Headboard and nut are glued in place, and trimmed to fit the outline of the headstock.
  11. The holes are drilled for the tuners.
  12. Final trimming, and the body cleaned and sanded.
  13. The bridge, nut and fretboard are covered with tape to protect them from overspray - and the whole body is given several finishing coats of lacquer.
  14. Tuners are fitted, and the ukulele is strung for playing.
Since the neck is my next major project - here are its parts laid out:

As you can see, the fret-wire comes in lengths to be cut as applied.
The fretboard is already inlaid - I did not do this lovely work - a skilled artist in Saigon was responsible for this, and I purchased several of these inlaid fretboards for the ukuleles that I intend making.
This is the first time that I have used such a fretboard, and am excited to be able to include it.
It is Indian rosewood inlaid with mother of pearl and abalone shell.

The tuners shown are black, but I may change these to ivory if I think it suits the finished uke better.

OK - enough for now.
I'll post again as the assembly process continues

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