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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.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
|Section 2: Getting started|
The ukulele drawing and Adobe IllustratorPreview
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
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
|Section 6: Answers to questions and extra details|
just few words regarding this section of the course.
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.