We love seeing your projects posted to the Customer Gallery page! This fantastic project was made by "FloridaSon" of Fort Pierce, Florida. He built a faithful recreation of a cigar box ukulele originally posted in a 1917 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.
Make sure to scroll to the bottom and get the link to download these historic plans!
Here's his description:
- Narrow/Low Nickel-Silver Fret Wire (6 ft),
- White Nylon String Set for Concert Ukulele
- 4pc. Black-Button Open Gear Ukulele Tuners - 2L/2R,
[I] wanted a ukulele so I found plans from the 1917 edition of Popular Science Magazine and made one. Things were different back then; the plans said frets could be made from any bits of metal lying around. The headstock angle is a scarf joint. The size is to scale but I used tuners, not pegs and real Gitty frets.
I changed the original hardwood nut to one of hard plastic. added a sound hole cover since this pic taken (plans called for a traditional hole in the center but I wanted to save the logo). Intonation and one fret a little off but if I remember to hit the sweet spot, it sounds pretty darn good. [It was] lots of fun.