At last the French polish is done and it is time to string these Concert Pinecones up. The first task is affixing the bridge.
The bridge is carefully located and tape is placed around it to mark the place. With the razor blade, the finish is scraped off, and the bridge is ready to glue on.
these home made clamps work great while the glue sets.
By late that afternoon the glue has set, the string holes have been measured and drilled and the strings and tuners installed. Now for that great moment of tuning them up and seeing whether all that work was worth it. I always like to mix a Martini with a twist when approaching this moment.
'The Ukuleles are strung up, the Martini has been drunk and I am very happy to report that both of them have excellent tone and playability. Maybe I should mix another Martini in celebration.