(Prev: Kerfing Install, Tooling)

The top of this ukulele is solid mahogany and the braces are Sitka spruce. I hand carve each brace and work the top to a consistent thickness to bring the best out of each element of the instrument. The bracing design is traditional in this case, except for the 45 degree chamfer on the ends of each of the smaller braces under the bridge. I tend to stay away from 90 degree edges with respect to the grain, I don’t want any wood splitting under string tension!

The picture of the turn buckle through the sound hole is a reference for where (and how) my fingers will fit to loosen the assembly and allow the shell to “flip” over in the tooling, letting me use this same tooling to glue the back to the sides.

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