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Pro 1 Tenor Uke Build
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Grego12342



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:44 pm    Post subject: Pro 1 Tenor Uke Build Reply with quote

Thought Iíd start a build thread for my latest build.

The idea is to do a relatively close copy of an original Danelectro Pro 1 but in tenor uke size.

Scale length is 17″ which doesnít seem all that small until you start to try to fit all the components in. As of yet Iím not sure exactly what material I will use for the internal frame, but most likely either 3/4″ poplar or 3/4″ Baltic birch plywood laminated to 1.5″. Probably unrealistically Iím going to attempt to use Masonite for the top and back with a hollow body (or at least as hollow as this small a build will allow). For the neck Iíll probably use maple. Iím going cheap with this in true Danelectro style so I think Iím going to use only home center wood except for the fretboard as I have nice pieces of Bocote or Rosewood to choose from.

I donít think Iím going to be able to bring myself to paint it the original metal-flaked poop brown so Iíll probably go with a black and white instead similar to the Jimmy Page DC-2.

To begin, I have drawn out the design using Inkscape and rather unnecessarily used a borrowed laser cutter to cut out a template onto 1/4″ MDF. Next time I wonít waste that time and will just use a scroll saw.

Now to find the materials to get this baby rollingÖ

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Jlarkins



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love using my laser cutter for template work.
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Grego12342



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it could be great, I just don't have enough access to it to learn to use it fast enough. They are exact so it's better that way. Kept getting some weird burns on the neck cut that made it kind of a hassle.
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Grego12342



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time for routing. Made a jig to rout the neck without having to get the fingers too close to the bit. Used some old routing templates from another build as handles for the body routing.
Next up is gluing the body pieces together and routing out the body to make the framework for gluing the Masonite on top.

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BluesmanDave



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is crazy cool. Can't wait to see how this turns out!
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Grego12342



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:08 pm    Post subject: More work Reply with quote

Worked a little more last night. Traced the body onto hardboard for the top and back. Then cut out a routing template for the internals of the body. And then traced into the top body block and drilled holes for the initial cuts on the scroll saw. More soon.



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tnt



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love it! Can't wait to see it take shape!
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Grego12342



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frame rout and glue-up is complete. Next up is cutting and gluing of the hardboard top and back. Think I might use the laser cutter for that little project as I just really don't enjoy cutting hardboard for some reason.

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Grego12342



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More work today. Laser cut the top and back as well as the pickguard.
Starting to get pretty fun.











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Grego12342



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hardboard top and back glued to frame and routed. Test fitted pickguard with pots and jack attached.









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Lon



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good, keep it coming
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twangster



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool! That body platform and scale would be great for an octave twelve .
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Grego12342



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:45 pm    Post subject: Fretboard Reply with quote

Slotted the fretboard blank. Next step is to cut to size and glue to neck blank. Progress is a little slow lately.



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Jlarkins



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would use the laser to cut those fret slots.
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Grego12342



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But i gotta justify my $200 splurge on the fret slitting miter box. 😀
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