Fluke Style Ukulele

Difficulty: Advanced

Cost: $$

I decided to make a ukulele for my mom for Christmas.  She liked the look of my other transparent red instruments, so I gave it a “heritage cherry” finish.  The scale length is 15.5 inches, so this is a concert sized uke.

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The body and neck are made of cherry wood.  I’ve never used purpleheart before, but I used it on this fretboard.  This a very hard wood with a beautiful color.

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The top is made of cedar wood.

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I sealed the body, then sprayed red nitrocellulose lacquer on it.  After that, I applied about ten coats of clear lacquer.

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“Twinkle, twinkle little uke…”   (Who can guess what the symbol on the green bulb represents?)

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After the lacquer cured, I buffed it and glued the bridge and fretboard on.  I strung it up with Aquila strings.

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Just in time for Christmas!  Add a eBay soft case, and my application for “son of the year” is complete.

See it in action!

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