Uke Build: Heel Inlay

(Prev: Neck Bolt View)

Just to be different I used an abalone dot to enhance the heel of the neck. I felt the wood grain alone was a bit too conservative. Abalone’s grain is directional, but difficult to establish, because it has to be sanded to the surface of its surrounding inlay material. Meaning, that at […]

Uke Build: Heel Sanding

(Prev: Nut Nose)

This is the final sanded surface of the neck heel. It takes on the same 15 foot radius as the back. This being a more traditional instrument, a heel cap seemed out of place …

If I make a ukulele with a heel cap it will sit below the back’s surface and become parallel with […]

Uke Build: Sanding Heel Radius

(Prev: Neck Heel Height)

Traditional ukuleles do not use a dovetail for their neck joint, they utilize a matching radius to the body and dowel pins to affix the neck. So, I had to figure a way to introduce a sanded surface to match the body perfectly.

In this case I was able to hold the 80 […]

Uke Build: Neck Heel Height

(Prev: Neck Tooling)

First, I had to sand away the back’s “overhang” on the front edge of the body to get a measurement on the absolute height of the neck’s heel. Secondly, I had to leave enough of the heel in place to “take on” the 15 foot radius. Can you see why heel caps are […]