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Make a Ukulele out of Cardboard

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This project came about for two main reasons;
  1. I had cardboard left over from my Clone Trooper project, and
  2. I saw the fantastic job eplunkett did of creating a Playable Cardboard Ukulele using just corrugated cardboard.
I had boxboard, which is pretty good quality cardboard. Therefore, I thought, why not attempt to make a playable Ukulele too.

The dimensions for my Ukulele were attained using eplunkett's templates. However, I've added a few extra pieces to achieve what I was aiming for.

Materials required:
  • Approximately six sheets A4 cardboard sheet. I used 1800gsm boxboard
  • PVA glue
  • 8mm dowelling (appropriately 60mm in length)
  • 6mm dowelling (appropriately 40mm in length)
  • 14 toothpicks
  • Four pieces of hardwood (50 x 20 x 6mm)
  • Timber for bushes (each bush is 20 x 12mm)
  • Ukulele strings
When I get the time, I'm going to give it a decent paint finish and then gift it to someone; I'll post a photo upon completion.



 
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Step 6: Step 6

Create the side pieces. If you can do this all out of one piece, great. I was limited to the size of cardboard sheets and made it from three pieces; two @ 300x50mm and one @ 130x50mm (This allows for some cut-off)

Step 7: Step 7

Apply a bead of glue to base piece and insert side panels. This may take a bit of gentle persuasion.

TIP: before applying glue, ensure that pieces will actually fit. If they are too tight, trim accordingly.

Step 16: Step 18

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Getting the string anchor pieces in place. Refer to template for instructions

Step 17: Step 15

Fabricate the timber bushes. These will accommodate the timber tuning pegs... OK, so not everything could be made out of cardboard.

Step 18: Step 20

Create the tuning pegs. Best to use hardwood for this. I used Jarrah; which I cut from some garden stakes.

You may also be interested in this instructable; Make-a-Tuning-Peg-Shaver


Step 19: Step 21

Threading the string onto the Ukulele.
D_ROBO2 years ago
I really like this design. Where did you get all of your cardboard though?
parrster (author)  D_ROBO2 years ago
Thx D_ROBO. The cardboard was donated by a friend. However, boxboard can be purchased online or through most stationary stores.
Blaziken2 months ago
How many cutouts did u use for the neck?
parrster (author)  Blaziken2 months ago

It all depends on the thickness of the cardboard you are using. refer to template link.

sarahp2311 months ago
where can you buy timber bushes? I've been searching online and I don't know where to purchase them. Please reply ASAP because I need to make a ukulele for my Physics project. Thank you!
parrster (author)  sarahp2311 months ago
Hi Sarah. Not sure where you'd buy them, I made my own using a drill press and holesaw. Failing that you could try the links below;

http://www.craftparts.com/

http://www.americanwoodcrafterssupply.com/wooden-products/wheels-axle-pegs.htm
honey_bee1 year ago
Hi, i think its just me (i'm new to this), but where is the template please?
This is AWESOME!!
gempje1 year ago
oew it's nice would like to try this myself
parrster (author)  gempje1 year ago
Hi gempje. be sure to post your results when completed. all the best
there's no 'I' element in the templates :c
Aegian24242 years ago
so how does it sound?
nvm
were is the template
Kiteman2 years ago
Can we hear it being played?
parrster (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
As soon as I can purchase strings, I'll get something posted. I'll have to find a Ukulelinist (is that the word) as I don't play.
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