GOOD THINGS ARE'NT MADE IN A DAY, And neither are ukuleles. Made a little progress today, Thinned some backs, bent a couple of sides, replaced a broken blade in my small bandsaw, The ukuleles for Gary and Sandy in California are coming along.
Here are the backs for three ukes. At the top is my mahogany Sunburst back, below are the two East Indian Rosewood backs for Gary and Sandy. All thinned, ready for their braces,
And here are the mahogany sides bent yesterday. Ready to be glued to the "sunburst" top. This is nice pliable wood and will fit nicely.
And here are the soundboards for the two new tenors. Interesting that they differ in color a bit. They both tap tone wonderfully, sounding like church bells.
Here I am thinning the backs on the thickness sander. It takes many passes through the sander to get to the exact thickness desired. It's a dusty business and I am protecting these old lungs. I also wear ear protection in this process as the vacuum system is very noisy.
The next project was bending a set of the East Indian Rosewood sides. I connected the hot pipe and here I am bending wood. I have reverted to hand bending the old fashioned way. I think I get better results than using the bending machine. 'sometimes the old fashioned way is best.
So here is the bend. I will put it in the press immediately.
After 24 hours of drying in this form the sides will be set and ready to install.