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These pictures show the back kerfing being glued in place on the ukulele. The “C” clamps are gripping the sides to hold the kerfing edges in position at the neck and tail blocks. Then it’s a simple matter of using clothes pins to hold the kerfing while the glue cures. Take note that the small rubber bands you see on the bottom of the clothes pins act as springs to increase the clamping pressure on the kerfing.

The rigidity of the entire unit becomes stronger with each element completed. I found my rather simple tooling quite adequate for the construction of the ukulele. By the way, look closely and you’ll see the second set of cleats on the center brace of the top. Also, I had to design the center hole clamp to stay in position while I glued the back to the sides, that’s why the epoxy is set on the area around the nut of the sound hole clamp – it actually unscrews from the bottom and the clamp section slides out of the sound hole. I had to think through that one a few times …

Next we’ll look at the completed kerfing.