Step 13: Inlay the Fret Markers

If you look at a guitar or ukulele you will see pearl dots in the frets at certain points.  In ukulele's these markers are usually at the 5th, 7th, and 10th frets.  Really you can put them anywhere you want.  I also chose to mark them on the side, because I thought it would look cool and I enjoyed this process.

First choose a marker.  I chose a wooden dowel for availability, and because the inlaid turquoise was flashy enough by itself.  The dowel was 3/16" in diameter.  Very, very, very carefully I marked and measured exactly where the markers would be and drilled holes with a drill press.  I strongly recommend a drill press for this step, as a lot of work has already gone into the instrument and a drill press minimizes the possibility of catastrophic failure.  I drilled the holes only about a quarter to a half inch deep.  

Once the holes were drilled I cut the wooden dowel down to size for each hole, so there was enough poking out that I could pull it out with my fingers.  Once all the holes had matching dowels I applied epoxy to the dowels, inserted them into the holes, and wiped the extra glue away with a damp cloth.  After the glue dried I sanded the dowels down very gently with a dremel as close to the surface of the fret and neck as I could.  

A final sanding will be applied later, so it does not have to be perfect yet.  
Just what i was looking for. Very well done and good looking!!
Thanks! Happy building!
<p>this is hard to do</p>
<p>Love it! Here is mine. </p><p><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/217451382/handmade-cigar-box-concert-ukulele?ref=sr_gallery_8&ga_search_query=cigar+box+ukulele&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery" rel="nofollow">https://www.etsy.com/listing/217451382/handmade-cigar-box-concert-ukulele?ref=sr_gallery_8&amp;ga_search_query=cigar+box+ukulele&amp;ga_search_type=all&amp;ga_view_type=gallery</a></p>
<p>Nice guitar !</p><p>I have been writing some stuff on cigar box guitars on my blog</p><p>Thought you might like it </p><p><a href="http://darrenscigarboxguitars.blogspot.co.uk/" rel="nofollow">http://darrenscigarboxguitars.blogspot.co.uk/</a></p>
can i use the pdf files as a template?
How do you measure fret distance from each other?
center to center
<a href="http://cigarboxdeals.bigcartel.com/" rel="nofollow">http://cigarboxdeals.bigcartel.com/</a>&nbsp;There you go folks, online, affordable, and not a bad selection. I'd still recommend looking around though, the hunt is part of the fun.
NO ONE IN MY FAMILY SMOKES CIGARS!! How am I supposed to get a cigar box?
Ask cigar shops. Look on ebay. Plead on street corners.
Alright. I think I'll plead on street corners.
NO! Smoke shops with humidors (for cigars) have them. Generally they sell them depending on the quality of the cigar (and box demand). $3-$8 is common. If your a youngster, and you explain the cause, you could get more than you than you can carry! I do plumbing work for the owner of a local smoke shop. I mentioned my mother could use a couple for craft projects, and got around 20. BUT, only 6 of witch were wood.
where can I go to buy a nice cigar box? any other tips for someone making his first ukulele, as far as improving sound quality goes?
Good question! I had no idea where to find a box, so I literally stopped at every smoke shop I saw until I found a box. It took a while. Some people find them at yard sales or ebay. Not all smoke shops carry cigars, and as you might imagine they don't run out of cigars very quickly, so the shop has to be a bit older. Owners are very helpful and generally nice. <br><br>As far as the rest - this was also my first ukulele, so I can't speak from very much experience. I would suggest being very careful with the nut/bridge step. The action and the location of the frets will have the biggest effect on your sound. Good luck!
draugninjas right, do a quick google search of cigar shops in your area and stop in, generaly if you buy a cigar or two and inquire about boxes you might even get a few free!!! even tell the guy your making it for a guitar he may beable to help you find a perfect wooden box versus a cardboard one
i'm having some trouble making the tuning pegs, as I dont want to go out and buy some. any suggestions?
I got about 50 zither pins for around $15.00, and if you cut a wooden dowel into slices, drill a hole in it for the pin and epoxy the pin in, it makes a pretty good tuner for use in a hardwood pin block or head
The tuning pegs would be a tough make. Especially because they need to be a tight fit in order to keep the strings tight and in tune. It could be done, though. You just need something capable of holding a string (most have a hole through the middle that the string is wound through and around) that you can tighten. <br><br>Since I've never made my own, I can't give much more advice than to suggest that you go out to a few music or pawn shops and look at some instruments. It sure sounds interesting. Let me know how it works out!
So cool cant wait to make one:)
Tuning Pegs! Look at your library for a dulcimer building book. Many were made w/ homemade pegs. One book I've seen had plans for a peg shaver made from two blocks of wood and a planner blade set at an angle. Hmmm... Maybe a good instructable...Good luck :)
where can you get cigar boxes? (im 16, and can't buy cigars, but don't want to wait to make one of these)
If you can't get into cigar shops, yard sales and ebay are your best options. Watch out that they aren't over priced - these don't cost anybody anything, so you shouldn't pay more than a couple bucks. That said, you can probably find a much cooler cigar box on ebay than you can going from shop to shop. <br><br>You can probably also stop in at cigar shops or call just to ask. But check with the law on that one. <br><br>Good luck!

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