If you have a lot of wooden cigar box in your home and you do not know what to do with them, this wood craft ideas project will provide step by step how to make ukulele from cigar box. Cigar box instruments were actually come from the 1800′s, when cigars started to be packaged in smaller and handy wooden box so it is easy to carry. When the great depression struck, there was an increase in the popularity of handmade instruments for cheap solution. Follow these steps to create the cigar box ukulele.
Materials and Tools
The most important material you need is the cigar box. It is best if you can find one of solid wood. A cedar box with a plywood base is perfect for the wood craft ideas project. If you have to buy one, it is about $2 to $4 each box. You will need wood for the neck and bridge. You can use walnut, but any hardwood will be fine. Prepare wood with measurement of a 14 x 2 x 2.5 inch block for the neck and head. Wood with measurement of 2.5 x .5 x .75 inches will be perfect for the bridge.
Prepare wood glue, epoxy, tung oil and mineral spirits, clamps, dremel, steel wool, band saw, planer, table saw, drill press, power sander, and hand drill. You can use dominos or other type of hard plastic or ebony for the saddle and nut. Cut it down to size. For the frets, you can use brass welding wire or crushed turquoise. You can use pearl dots a 3/8″ wooden dowel. Visit your local music store to find the strings. You can also buy tuners at the music store or a thrift shop for your wood craft ideas project.
Start the wood craft ideas process by removing the dried glue using a hand planer and cut off the uneven edges using a table saw. Then create the neck by cutting the top first and then taped the side and cut again. Plan where your tuners will be and drill the holes with size depending on tuners. Start on the cigar box by first removing any labels or tape. Brace the inside of the box gluing a block of walnut to support the lid. Let it dry overnight.
Attach the neck with mortise and tenon method. Insert a dowel to join them together. Glue the neck to the head. The fret board should sit on top of the neck and body. Attach turquoise for the frets with glue. Sand the fret board to remove excessive glue. Mark the center of the box for the sound hole will be. Cut with a drill. Attach the lid and fret board with glue. Now you can place the nut, bridge, and saddle. Put the strings on. Inlay the fret markers at the 5th, 7th, and 10th frets. Sand the neck and body and finish with tung oil. Now your wood craft ideas project is done.