Today the postman brought the plan for Ukulele #100. The good folks at Hana Lima Aie sent it nicely rolled in a great big box.
And here is what the Kasha-Schneider bracing looks like. Lots of tiny little tone bars, each of them just 3/16th high. An oval sound hole in the upper right shoulder (I will be including a side sound port), and a tapered bridge. The basic idea is to treat the trebles different from the basses and to let more of the soundboard vibrate. This is going to be fun to build.
I had Asa toss in a few packages of Paua Abalone marker dots as I was getting low, and a package of rosewood bridge pins. I was getting low on both. I don't know if I will use bridge pins on this ukulele. That decision will come later.
The first thing I did was make an acrylic template indicating where the tone bars go. See the little holes drilled at each end of the tone bars? Those are to accept a pencil which will mark the wood top when the time comes. Also to be able to mark the oval sound port. I hope to cut a channel for a narrow rosette around this sound hole. The challenge is figuring out how to rout an oval. Think I have an idea, but if you can think of the perfect way, please send me your idea.
Here is the yet un-sanded Redwood soundboard marked to be cut on the band saw.
And here is the East Indian Rosewood back just out of the thickness sander and sanded down to .080. Tomorrow I plan to spend in the workshop. ALL Day. that ought to be fun. Stay tuned.