Make Your Own Ukulele

Detailed step by step instructions on how to make a ukulele
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Instructed by Runar Sigurdsson Music / Instruments
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2016 English

Course Description

This course is about creating Ukulele in steps that are easy to follow

I teach using some common hardware tools but avoid using expensive, specialty tools. This course does not leave out any steps. Most items are built using ordinary hand tools, found in every other garage.

You will need access to a small workshop or a garage with some basic woodworking tools. There are also places where you can buy specialty tools to make some parts of the build go smoother. You will also need wood, strings, tuners and other materials to make the instrument (there is no cake without the ingredients).

There are videos covering which materials are needed and if you are starting I do recommend buying wood kits (these are kits where all the materials have been sorted for the type of instrument you are going to build - explained in greater detail in one of the lessons).

This course is definitely for those who want the experience of playing their own instrument, handmade by themselves, for their own pleasure.

The first step in this course is to download a drawing to print, and I will show you how to use Adobe Illustrator for that step of the way.

When it comes to actual woodworking, first we build a small jig but most stringed instruments are build using jigs.

One section of the course will have extra material and answers to some of the questions that might pop up along the way. Please be active by asking questions if you feel you need more information on certain parts during the build.

I create small recordings to answer your questions and I will post them as extra material. Remember I am here for you.

Ukulele is a great first instrument to build. Ukulele uses almost every concept used in acoustic guitar making. Everything from learning to print out drawings, making a jig and bending sides. And after the course you should be confident about creating other musical instruments.

What are the requirements?

  • You need access to basic woodworking tools
  • You need access to a printer
  • You need access to a good working area like a garage or a small workshop

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will become confident about creating other musical instruments
  • Basic woodworking knowlage

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who enjoys being able to play an instrument made by themselves
  • Everyone who like good DIY projects

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Getting started
The ukulele drawing and Adobe Illustrator

Advice on how to buy tools and materials for this course.

Ukulele jig making
Section 3: Making the neck
The ukulele neck - Part 1
The ukulele neck - Part 2

Ukulele fingerboard and some neck alignment


Ukulele fingerboard and some neck alignment continued.

Section 4: Making the body
Back, front and sides to thickness
Gluing back and front plates
Side bending and sanding
End blocks
Bracing the body - Part 1
Bracing the body - Part 2
Cutting the sides to width

Gluing the back plate to the body

Making the bridge

Wood binding glued to the body of the instrument

Section 5: The final steps
Drilling for Tuners

Neck and fingerboard glued to the body

Final setup
Section 6: Answers to questions and extra details

just few words regarding this section of the course.

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Instructor Biography

Runar Sigurdsson, Certified Teacher

Runar Sigurdsson is a Teacher, Luthier, Linux Administrator and a Web Programmer. Runar has a degree in teaching and multimedia and is also a Master Luthier. He works as a project manager for the University of Iceland and is one of the Moodle administrators for the university. Runars approach to teaching is to teach using only short videos and easy step by step instructions.

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