Pumpkin or Pineapple??

It’s Halloween and tradition has it that carved pumpkins are the order of the day. I have no idea why, I’m sure you could Google it, but is this Concert Uke a Pumpkin or a Pineapple? Built mostly from Walnut grown on Quex Park, the instrument has actually come out of our new Pineapple Mould, but has the walnut neck attached to the ‘wrong’ end! Fingerboard and mouth (I mean bridge) are from a wild cherry cut on the Park a couple of years ago, and it sports Aquila strings strung in gCEA tuning.

A fun instrument, it sounds excellent. It is no competition though, for the family of Pumpkins on guard outside the unit! Happy Halloween.

Bigger kit….

With the timber already mentioned in earlier posts coming in 4″ thick boards, the 3″ depth of cut on the tabletop bandsaw we were using was of little help. An upgrade was the only option but to get a decent depth of cut on one of these machines can be an expensive exercise. Searching the available options in research brought up one example that seemed almost too good to be true and, bearing in mind you normally get what you pay for, we were wary! But to get a comparable depth of cut (6″) would otherwise cost around twice to two and a half times the asking price.

So we took the plunge and ordered the Fox F28-186 bandsaw from Poolwood in Kent. (We like to keep things as local as possible). 24 hours later it was delivered and it was with a little trepidation that it was unpacked and assembled. The pleasant surprises started with the realisation that the table was a cast iron one, as in this price bracket we expected an alloy one. The supplied leg stand was of decent gauge metal rather than the flimsy efforts seen on some kit. The whole thing went together without hassle, with all holes lining up well and a complete compliment of fixings. The next nice surprise was Continue reading Bigger kit….

Tonewood from Quex

The first board, cut in half to transport

We’ve started to convert timber grown at Quex Park into usable lumber. :) To start off with, it’s ‘just’ a single board, but that board yeilds around three and a half cubic feet of fully provenanced Walnut. If you think back, Uke No1 was a walnut body, and that sounded beautiful so we are quite happy with this timber. To put it into context, the cut timber from this board will produce Continue reading Tonewood from Quex

Little or Large?

No 4, Playable, but unfinished

No 4, a tenor, has been strung and played, but is, as yet, unfinished. It has been fitted with a passive pick-up and sounds real good amplified too! It looks rather large here, doesn’t it. It’s an optical illusion though, as the chair it is sat on is rather smaller than you would expect. It’s a child’s chair made by Martin’s Upholstery shop, located in the village.

Most of the rest of the past week has been occupied with repairs, although a few moments have been spent on Continue reading Little or Large?

Bits and Pieces

No 4, a Tenor, having the fretboard attached

Following on from the Quex Timber post of last week, time has been occupied sorting out a few bits and pieces. Firstly, having decided to go ahead building wooden Ukuleles regularly (as opposed to the roundback models originally planned. Don’t worry, they haven’t been forgotten!), the need for proper moulds and jigs had to be addressed. There was also some timber knocking around the workshop that needed using up. This has made the construction of Ukes 3 and 4 a somewhat Continue reading Bits and Pieces