A Cigarbox ukulele — my second attempt.

My eight-year-old asked me to make him a ukulele. This is the result so far. Tomorrow or the next day, the strings go on, I hope.

Cigarbox

 

more cigarbox

 
and more still
 
I got the cigarbox (plywood) from here. The Huon Pine top, a friend gave me. I bought the Maple neck from here, and carved it myself — no professional would do such a lousy job.
 
Bracing…. (Tasmanian oak, but thin, on the top. Cheap pine to strengthen back and sides.)
 

top bracing

 
 
back and sides
 
 
The neck is slotted into the body of the cigar box and strengthens the box as well.
 
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Published in: on September 26, 2011 at 7:45 pm  Comments (6)  
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  1. Do you have any pics of the bracing?

    • Yep. It’s amateur hour (edit– I’m the amateur), so I’ll post one or two.

  2. I think it’s great that you would just up and make these. Most of us are not so inclined.

    • thank you … I do the box shape, as it is too much trouble (needing too much expensive equipment) to do the traditional curved shape for the body.
      The tricky bits are measuring and cuting the frets.

  3. your kid’s going to love it!

    • he’s planning his ukulele lessons …


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