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Ukulele, Uke, Glyph Pictures



Just about a year ago (early 2005) I contacted Dave Means from Glyph Ukulele about getting a custom uke made - after many months and about a thousand changes - the first pics are back.

It is a Koa Mezzosoprano with a Pac inlay eating the fretboard dots (Power Pellet sized at the standard marker locations) with a ghost at 3.

Pictures of the completed uke are here.


Joining one of the bookmatched plates


Cutting out the plate profile


Spraying the sides with water in preparation for bending


The sides coming out of the bender


The sides clamped in the mold to dry


Gluing in the heel and tail blocks


Sanding the arch in the bottoms of the back braces in the 12'-radius sanding dish


Gluing the back braces in the go-bar deck


Profiling the back braces with a finger plane


Ramping the brace ends


The finished back


Gluing in the back linings


Gluing on the back


Roughing out the neck blank on the bandsaw


Drilling the hole for the neck attachment barrel nut


Cutting the slot for the carbon fiber neck reinforcement rod


Routing the rosette channel


Gluing in the top linings


Sanding the sides and top linings in the 20'-radius sanding dish to match the dome of the soundboard


Inlaying the rosette


Cutting out the soundhole


Gluing in the soundboard braces and bridge patch


Profiling the soundboard braces


Ramping the brace ends


The finished soundboard


Notching the top linings to receive the brace ends


Gluing on the soundboard


Fabricating the aluminum alloy neck attachment barrel nut


Preparing to rout the binding and purfling ledges


Removing the Indian rosewood binding and purpleheart purfling strips from the bender


Inlaying the purpleheart purfling



The finished soundbox, wiped with one coat of shellac to reveal spots requiring more sanding


The neck after carving and rough sanding


Slotting the fretboard


Cutting out the monster inlay


The finished inlays


Pressing in the frets


The finished fretboard


Fine-tuning the neck fit


Gluing on the fretboard


Gluing on the headstock overlay


Gluing on the bridge

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