At last, the time has come to bring life to the triplets. Here is the process.
First you must determine where to drill the string hole in the bridge. I use this big white string to plot the course. The g string doesn't want to be too close to the edge of the fretboard or the player will push it off as he plays. I mark the proper place on both sides of the bridge with a pencil.
Then you carefully measure between the two outer marks, divide by three, and you have the distance between the next two string holes.
After marking a straight line across the bridge and starting a tiny hole with an awl, you widen that hole with this finger drill to provide a non-slip base for the larger drill bit. A slip of the drill bit here can be disastrous.
Once again an unwanted plastic card guards against slips and the holes are drilled for the little white string guards. The actual string holes will be drilled through those guides after they have been glued in place.
The little acrylic guides have a tiny hole in their center. I will drill the appropriate sized string holes through that center, through the soundboard and the hardwood patch below. The "through the bridge" string attachment is a far more secure way to string a ukulele.
And finally the ukulele is ready to sing. This is Olga's instrument and its home will be in Calgary. I am delighted with its song.