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gourd ukulele number 3

Started this discussion. Last reply by Order99 Sep 12, 2012. 2 Replies

here are a couple of pics of my latest ukulele made from homegrown gourds that I grew specifically for making ukuleles and other small stringed instruments. I use very few fixtures and mostly just…Continue

ukulele gourd build pics

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bufo Bill Sep 18, 2015. 14 Replies

Hey all. i wanted to share with you my build pics from my latest gourd ukulele as shown below. here…Continue

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Making a four string neck part 5 (pressing the frets)

Posted on March 5, 2011 at 5:53pm 5 Comments


Once i sanded my fretboards how i like them I pressed and trimmed the frets

The pictures tell the story. I used to hammer the frets in  but that was a pain in the ass so I made this press. and Also made a few blocks and shims so I can press all the frets up to the high end.notice how I turned my kitchen table into my workshop. this makes my wife so happy.....not.        


dig the blurry pics…


Making a four string neck part 4 (beveling the neck)

Posted on March 5, 2011 at 2:29pm 0 Comments

After I cut the frets I am ready to bevel the back sides of the neck on the bandsaw following some guide lines. the neck in cross section will look like the picture below.
I mark the neck .4 from the bottom and draw a line the whole length of the neck (lines with arrow… Continue

Making a four string guitar neck part 3 (marking and slotting the frets)

Posted on March 4, 2011 at 2:29pm 0 Comments

Now I am ready to mark and slot the frets. I square up the nut slot with a nice square file and clamp a dummy nut in to measure from so there is no guessing where I'm measuring from. I charted out my fret distances on a piece of paper and marked the neck with a nice sharp pencil. Mine is a 24" fret scale.…

Home Made Fret Press

Posted on March 4, 2011 at 1:46pm 0 Comments

I made this fret press and thought I would share it before I finish the neck making posts. I need to fret three necks so I broke down and made this press. It features 2 inch thich quarter sawn white oak. The whole unit is 21" long by 7-1/2 wide and weighs about forty pounds or more. I used a brick chisel for the press head. first I flattened and shaped the face of the chisel to accept the groove and then I…

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