Quick Uke Build - Part II

Quick Uke Build – Part II

Now the sides are thicknessed to 1.5mm and cut just over the finished width of the mold they are bent to shape on a bending iron.

 

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I like to start with the bend on the wist as that gives me a good reference point each time the bend is tested as it forms around the mold. A pencil mark on the rib and the mold helps to align the rib in the same place each time.

 

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The ribs are slowly bent to match the curve and then left to settle for a few hours and any spreing back adjusted before they are finally glued to the neck and end blocks.

 

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Finally the ribs are held on the mold with tape as work continues on the tback and the top.

 

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