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Trying to build my first cigar box ukulele.  So far I've already been having a problem doing a scarf joint so I could have an angled head.  Don't have any power tools, so I need to come up with a better way to cut straight lines.  Here's what it looks like glued up:


Gonna need a lot of filling and/or sanding to get it level. :(


Here is the box that I will be using for the body:


Will post more once I've done more work.



I think I figured out how to fix my "boo boo".  The wood glue I'm using says "sandable and paintable" on the bottle.  So I figured why not use it as filler?  Put blue painter tape on the sides and filled her up!


Gonna let it set and dry overnight.  Then we shall see what it looks like. :)

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Comment by Arnold Kelly on May 17, 2011 at 9:51pm

Here's the latest update on my CBU.  


No, this hasn't turned into some kind of medieval weapon.  I have the "frets" (toothpicks) glued into place and I'm waiting for them to dry before clipping off the excess and cleaning them up.  Because I had to "Elmer's Bondo" to fill in the front of the neck, the plan is to paint the neck black and then color in the frets some kind of silver or gold color.  Then coat the whole thing in some kind of polyurethane to make it last.


Drilled the holes for the tuning pegs, but the bottom two are too close together.  Gonna have to "cant" those tuners about 45 degrees to get them to fit.  LOL!


Ok, that's it for now.  Hoping to have it completed by this weekend. :)

Comment by Arnold Kelly on May 19, 2011 at 8:02pm

Here is the neck, with the frets "dressed" and the nut installed:

The whole thing, ready for painting and a coat or twelve of poly:

Unfortunately, it won't be finished until next weekend. :(  Oh well!

Comment by Arnold Kelly on May 22, 2011 at 5:36pm

Decided to skip applying poly to the neck.  I want to play it NOW! So I'm in the homestretch of the build.  Here it is with the neck painted, "decorated" and glued into the box.  Was gonna put a drain cover in the sound hole, but it wasn't big enough for the hole.  So I guess this one is going with a "nekked" sound hole. ;)


So now it just needs the strings mounted and tuned.  WOO! HOO!

Comment by Ted Crocker on May 22, 2011 at 6:06pm
Coming along real nice Arnold.  What did you paint the frets with?
Comment by Arnold Kelly on May 22, 2011 at 8:03pm
Used a silver sharpie to paint the frets.
Comment by Arnold Kelly on May 22, 2011 at 8:06pm

DONE! Here's the finished CBU:

Of course the strings are stretching a lot.  So it's hard to get it in tune.  Guess it will break in soon enough. :)


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