Build your own cigar box Ukulele!
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Build your own cigar box Ukulele!

Using a partial kit, put together a playable ukulele.
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Created by Dale Justice
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build a good looking and good sounding stringed instrument
  • Understand basic principles of stringed instrument construction
  • Begin your musical ukulele playing journey!
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  • Safely understand and safely use simple hand tools
  • A desire to create a musical instrument!

This course is far more in depth than most how-to guides. In addition to detailed construction steps for making a partial kit, we cover safety, a source for a complete ukulele build (1917 Popular Mechanics), a little music theory and troubleshooting. Even if you do not plan on ever building a stringed music instrument, these organized lessons will apply to similar construction project.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone wishing to build and own an Ukelele
  • Those familiar with simple hand tools
  • A desire to play a Ukulele
  • Adult or child with close parental oversight
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
1 Lecture 08:19

Use the introductory information in this lecture to progress to the next step.

Preview 08:19
Constructing your Ukulele
4 Lectures 27:07

How to work safely when using handtools.

Preview 03:52

What is scale length? Importance of taking good measurements. A little build theory.

About scale length and layout

If you purchase a fretboard this is done for you. If you make your own fretboard or just want to install frets on the neck. Learn how to layout frets for your scale length.
Layout fret location from a scale length
3 questions

More about cigar boxes

About the tools required
Prepare the neck block, attach the neck
7 Lectures 43:27
Preparing the neck block

Sizing and cutting the neck block

Dry-fitting the neck block

Removing the neck block clamps

Marking and drilling the neck screws

Preparing the neck

Attaching the neck
Installing the bridge block
4 Lectures 41:21
Prepare the bridge block

Prepare the bridge block (continued)

Gluing the bridge block

With so much to talk about while gluing this block, the video was split into two parts.

Finish gluing bridge block
Fretboard, saddle and tuners
4 Lectures 25:36
Final Assembly

Attaching the fretboard

Install the tuners

Stringing up
Playing your ukulele
1 Lecture 06:02
Tune and play!
2 Lectures 09:03

Any project will have unforeseen problems with alignment, finish or attachment points. Take a look at a couple I tried to fix build problems. Don't fear these, it is part of the creative process. Once you solve a problem, you will find you feel better about the entire project!

Troubleshooting the neck plan A

Troubleshooting the neck plan B
The next build
1 Lecture 00:22
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About the Instructor
Dale Justice
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54 Students
4 Courses
Emergency Manager/Fire Marshal (ret) & ukulele builder

As Assistant Fire Chief of a 200+ person department, I retain an extensive and well balanced background in planning, education, management and operations. Beginning my career as a firefighter and paramedic, I have worked in operations, fire prevention, training and emergency management for over 30 years with additional experience in planning, emergency services and emergency management. I have been deployed as part of an incident management team for three of the five major 2004 hurricanes for recovery operations and part of the local Emergency Operations Center activation every year. I hold certifications in Florida certified hazardous material technician and Intelligence Liaison Officer for the Central Florida Fusion Center. I have worked at Indian River State college as an adjunct instructor teaching fire science degree level courses and an A.S. degree in Fire Science and a B.A. degree in organizational management. My experience includes response to four major hurricanes and rostered as Operations Chief for the State of Florida Incident Management "Gold Team." I created, taught and managed our local community training for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and served as county Fire Marshal and as a Florida Certified Fire Inspector. I served as Fire Department Training Officer for 10 years. During that time I created and implemented several programs including: Writing a grant for ambulance powered patient stretchers to prevent back injury and reduce workmen compensation claims, grant for fire extinguisher simulator obtained, created a professional officer development program, increased the use of Incident Command and Accountability Systems to prevent firefighter injury. I worked with the governors and senate office to insure damage claims from Hurricane Sandy were documented and reported. Served as liaison to the Department of Defense and Sheriff during a mapping program in the Atlantic ocean resulting in the discovery and safe disposal of two 200 pound bombs used during the 1940’s in WWII assault training.

One of my interests is music and I play have built numerous cigar box guitars and ukuleles. I also plau acoustic and electric guitar. The planning experience above is just the tiket for learning about and building musical instruments.