Soph from France recently completed this “Avatar” themed travel. She used my basic travel ukulele plans as a start, but then added her own customizations and personalizations. Make sure to check out her delightful video about the project above.
If you want to make your own ukulele only using basic tools, look at my article below:
Fender has released an awesome new line of ukuleles. It is the Fullerton series and it has acoustic ukuleles shaped like Telecasters, Stratocasters, and Jazzmasters. Each body style is available in two colors.
I am checking out the Black Tele Uke. I’m a huge Telecaster fan, so this is a homerun for me.
Below is my video about the ukulele. I talk the specs, give a acoustic and an electric demo, and share the unboxing video.
This is another video from his channel where he builds an entire ukulele with scraps found on the street in Istanbul, Turkey. My favorite part is when he scrounges remnants of fishing line from people fishing in the Sea of Marmara.
Check out and subscribe to Peter’s YouTube Channel. According to Google Translate, his channel tranlated from German to English is called “The Amateurs – definitely botched tutorials”. So look for some cool projects that don’t take themselves too seriously.
Over the years I have accumulated a collection of specialized tools for building ukuleles. But for this project, I wanted to scale back the needed tools and see what I could build with simple tools. I am a big fan of Leatherman Multi-tools, so I decided to build a travel style ukulele only using the Leatherman Super Tool 300. This tool is one of their “heavy duty” multi-tools, and it has a great selection of tools.
Even if you don’t have a Super Tool 300 (or its little brother the Leatherman Rebar), you can still build this instrument with the tools most people will already have in their garage.
Awl (for drilling holes)
Parts and Supplies:
9.75″ by 1.5″ by .5″ wood (for neck)
2″ by 1.5″ by .25″ wood (for where the neck meets the body)
16″ by .75″ by .75″ wood (this will be cut in half for the body)
A set ukulele strings
4 – beads for the ukulele strings
4 – ukulele friction tuning machines
1 – 5/32″ by 1.5″ cotter pin (for zero fret nut)
6 – 3/32″ by 1.5″ cotter pins (for 12 frets)
1 – 1/4 by 3.5″ carriage bolt
6 – 1/4-20 jam nuts
10 – 1/4 by 1″ fender washers
4 – 1/4 by .75″ nylon washers
2 – 3/16″ ground wire straps
3″ aluminum or steel tube (for bridge)
2 – 3/8″ screws
Super Glue (also known as Cyanoacrylate glue, or CA glue)
Cut 16″ by .75″ by .75″ wood in half to make two 8″ pieces.
Drill holes for the turnaround and two tuning machines on both of these 8″ pieces. .5″ from the end, 3″ from the end, and 5 ” from the end.
The neck is glued to the two 8″ body pieces with a 2″ overlap.
The 2″ by 1.5″ by .25″ wood is used to fill in the overlap area to flatten out the back.
The string slots up by the headstock should be 1/4″ to 3/8″ deep.
The jam nuts, fender washers, and nylon washers can moved around to adjust string spacing at the bridge.
Printable Fret Template:
Print this template at 100% size on 8.5″ by 11″ paper (normal printer in the USA) for a 13.5 inch (soprano) scale length.