(Prev: Top Bracing, Tooling)

These pictures show the solid mahogany top being glued to the solid mahogany sides of the instrument.

I elected to make a truly “flat top” ukulele. In doing so I changed the fundamental response to a lower pitch, softening the sound a bit. Most ukuleles have a 28 foot radius to maintain top integrity and raise the sound’s fundamental, I elected to brace the area around the sound hole differently to address the issue of the “flat” top’s integrity (picture shown later). I clamped the edges on the end blocks and simple weight pressing down on the top allowed for good pressure in the gluing process.

Next we’ll look at cleating the top to the sides.