Today Chip got his new ukulele-and I began a new build of three tenors
Here is the happy new owner of my 73rd build. This is a Redwood top, East Indian Rosewood tenor with a lovely clear rich tone. I think it might be the best sounding uke I have built and I am delighted that Chip has purchased it as he is one of the small group that plays in my workshop each week. I will be able to listen to this instrument mature in his capable hands.
So now to the next build. One of the three new ukes will be a Redwood/East Indian Rosewood just like Chip's. It will have a Honduran Mahogany neck. I had four pieces of the wood and so I decided to make up all four into tenor necks leaving three for future builds. Here is how it is done. The secret to an almost invisible joint is to pass these boards through the thickness sander to get a perfectly flat surface on each side. The glue joints will be almost undetectable that way.
This strange contraption is how I edge glue pieces to make tone boards and backs. It words like a charm. Can you figure it out. The gray bags are full of lead shot. There is a three piece Juniper top in the press.