Tuesday, 25 August 2015


I did some sanding until my impatience got the better of me, so I decided to fret the thing. 

 A few drops of super glue to help hold things in.

Tada! filled in a couple of dents that magically appeared somehow. Managed to get glue all over my fingers in my rush to get things done............despite bringing some disposable gloves to the party. It would have been nice had I remembered to wear them hahaha

Powering ahead lol

Looking good after sanding the fret markers. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I'm now down to some 1200 sandpaper just to give the finish a fine polish.
Ooooohhhh shiny.  

I got around to cutting the cavity with the jigsaw. Now to sand the  cuts flat, and cut some recesses for the tuners to go into. ATM the sides thickness is over 16mm and ideally and according to Mr Daniel Hulbert 12mm or 1/2inch is preferable.


If you notice, the uke is leaning against two cylinders, one is a pepper container the other is a spice container both will be used to wrap sandpaper around for sanding the inside :-)

Fret Markers

Glued in the fret markers this evening 25/8/2015 @ 7.00pm.
Some of the Abalone shell is sitting a little (too) proud and I haven't sanded any to date so we'll 
see if I've fornicated it up in the morning.
The depth stop on the drill press wasn't used just a bit of masking tape which disintegrated
almost immediately.......of course!  

The side markers went well and din't expect any problems with that.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Some progress on the Travel Ukulele

Ok finally got around to cutting the corners on the TU.
Up next is some sanding to remove some of the splinters
my hand is full of them.
I'll probably use the jigsaw to remove the centre between 
the two holes soon. 
I have to drill a hole in the rear for the jack (that will be fun!)
I'll be installing some fret markers as well so some drilling for those as well
Rounding the neck with rasps and files and installing frets but frets first I think.

That thing removed from my hand is a

Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) are less common than basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and account for approximately 25 per cent of all skin cancers. They are not as dangerous as melanomas but can potentially spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. An SCC may appear as a thickened, red, scaly spot. It may bleed easily or be ulcerated. An SCC usually appears on areas of the body most often exposed to the sun and usually grows over some months.
They all speak in acronyms and have another appointment to see them soon to find out more

Sunday, 16 August 2015


I used some brass rod and an old guitar jack to make a tool to help install the jack part of a pickup install. The brass rod is about 400mm long. This gets inserted into the drilled hole the jack will be mounted to and pokes out or near the sound hole where you then put the jack onto it and slowly pull it back toward the hole to screw the little nut on.

I had an alien entity cut off the back of my hand on Friday

I had to clean up and organise my tools etc so I took my trays and tool hold and screwed them to a piece of plywood I had earmarked for my router table build

 I'm half way through tiding up my cupboard and still not sure if I have enough room, oh well

I got some magnetic tool holds a while ago and finally screwed them to the back of the cupboard doors, boy are those magnets strong.

Here's the progress on the travel uke, I managed to befriend a new neighbour and borrowed a belt sander to help me with some of the sanding but had to give it back so I'm back to hand sanding, I wont be able to do any until my hand heals a little more I'm a lefty and my stitches are on my left hand.