Make Your Own Ukulele
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Make Your Own Ukulele

Detailed step by step instructions on how to make a ukulele
4.9 (5 ratings)
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450 students enrolled
Created by Runar Sigurdsson
Last updated 8/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will become confident about creating other musical instruments
  • Basic woodworking knowlage
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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
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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who enjoys being able to play an instrument made by themselves
  • Everyone who like good DIY projects
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 23 Lectures Collapse All 23 Lectures 04:40:49
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Introduction
1 Lecture 04:46
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Getting started
3 Lectures 48:53

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

Preview 15:24

Ukulele jig making
18:51
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Making the neck
5 Lectures 01:13:16
The ukulele neck - Part 1
19:18

The ukulele neck - Part 2
12:11

Ukulele fingerboard and some neck alignment

Ukulele fingerboard - Part 1
16:16

Ukulele fingerboard and some neck alignment continued.

Ukulele fingerboard - Part 2
06:37

Fretting
18:54
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Making the body
10 Lectures 01:59:06
Back, front and sides to thickness
07:03

Gluing back and front plates
09:39

Side bending and sanding
15:32


Bracing the body - Part 1
17:25

Bracing the body - Part 2
08:36

Cutting the sides to width
13:14

Gluing the back plate to the body

Back to body
06:58

Making the bridge
12:16

Wood binding glued to the body of the instrument

Adding the binding
08:10
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The final steps
3 Lectures 33:55
Drilling for Tuners
05:27

Neck and fingerboard glued to the body

Body and neck come together
10:08

Final setup
18:20
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Answers to questions and extra details
1 Lecture 00:53

just few words regarding this section of the course.

Preview 00:53
About the Instructor
Runar Sigurdsson
4.2 Average rating
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8,155 Students
6 Courses
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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.