Acoustic Travel Ukulele (Free Plans)

Difficulty:  Advanced

Cost:  $$


If you can’t leave home without a ukulele, try building a travel ukulele.  I built this instrument with cherry wood, but any type of wood could be used.

Download the free plans and start building.  Before building this ukulele, I would advise you to read through all of the steps to get the overall picture.  Also, make sure to be familiar with the tools you are using and PLEASE use caution.  Follow the plans to make an acoustic/electric ukulele with a concert (15 inch) scale, or tailor the plans to make you own masterpiece.

Download the free plans!

Acoustic Travel Ukulele Plans

Email if you have any questions or comments.

See it in action!

36 thoughts on “Acoustic Travel Ukulele (Free Plans)

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    1. danielhulbert Post author

      You could probably building it for around $50-$70, depending on the wood and where you get the parts. If you have the right tools and expertise, it could take 10-20 hours.

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  3. Shoorai

    I was wondering if it was possible to only make it acoustic ( because in the plans you made it possible to make it electric…). Thank you for postiting the video and the plans!

      1. Shoorai

        Thank you very much! I also wanted to know if it was possible to build a bigger body for the uke ( it might not be a travel ukulele but… 🙂 )

  4. Shoorai

    Just a question… In your pdf you put twice the top and back piece of wood in the list of supplies. But you only put the piece of wood used for the sides of the body once… Could you tell me if i need to take two pieces of wood for the sides of the uke?

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  6. bennie Jones

    I printed the fretboard guide for the travel ukulele he came out being an inch and 5/8 wide can you give me a measurement from the 04 to the 12th fret to check my proper printing size thank you very much cool instruments

      1. christifaagau

        Hi Daniel,

        Do you mean the 0 fret to the 12th fret plus the extra 1/4” on the top of the fretboard? The fret guide I printed out was about seven inches from the 0 fret to the 12th fret.

      2. danielhulbert Post author

        Hi. The 0 fret to the 12th fret line should be be just under 7.5 inches. Make sure to print the fret template at 100% on 8.5×11 paper.

  7. Tyler G Morse

    Hi, Daniel! I’m working on this plan now. Though the body forms a trapezoid, the end blocks are square, which message that the sides need to glue up square to the end blocks but then bend between the end blocks. Did you glue them in any particular order to make that easier? I’m wondering if I should soak the side pieces to make them pliable, clamp everything together so the sides form into the right shape, and then glue it once everything has dried.

  8. Tom Schwarz

    I know this project us two years old but i really live the idea! Is it without the electrical part loud enough for a fire pit play?

    1. danielhulbert Post author

      It depends on the size of the fire pit. 🙂

      I’d probably make the body a little wider. That will help boost the volume. Let me know if you have other questions.

    1. danielhulbert Post author

      1/8″ would be the best for the top. The rest of it is less important. If the top is too thick, the instrument will sound a little dead. The top needs to vibrate.
      If you are just looking for a super rugged uke for travel, go for it with 1/4″.

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