Travel Ukulele


#1

Yesterday I got my travel Ukulele functional. (Just in time for a trip!)

It is just a hunk of flamed maple I picked up from Westcoast Woodslabs awhile back. The fret slots were done on the CNC as well as the basic profile. I copied the profile further with a template router but, carved the neck profile with a rasp. I used the thickness sander to get the back a bit shorter and parallel and made the turnaround on the lathe. A couple hours of filing frets and I got it working.

It is a real joy to play, there’s no nut, just a 0th fret. That gives it a different feel and a low action. It is intentionally pretty quiet but later versions of this might include an under-saddle pickup.

This thing was a lot of fun to make.


#2

Awesome. How long did it take to make? Totally your own design?


#3

I tried two cnc sessions to get the wood right, another evening for carving the neck, and the rest of it on Saturday. Yeah it’s my own design inspired by others