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Picture of The Pineapple Ukulele!
So, I had an small, child-size guitar sitting around that I had been using as a baritone ukulele. I decided it would be an interesting project to turn it into a pineapple themed ukulele...

When I first start a project like this I try to avoid the temptation to scour the internet to see what others have done with a similar concept. I'm not very good at resisting temptation, and after a brief search I found several different takes on ukuleles looking like pineapples--there is even a type of ukulele called a "pineapple ukulele," based on its shape, not necessarily its exterior paint job.

(NOTE: use caution scouring the internet using the abbreviated "uke" as a search term...)

What follows is my take on the pineapple ukulele. In the end, this was a bigger undertaking than I originally thought, and it involved a lot of trial and error as far as getting the pineapple design down. But oh well, enjoy!

 
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Step 1: Headstock Becomes the Crown

Picture of Headstock Becomes the Crown
Headstock Crown.jpg
A little produce factoid for ya: the bunch of leaves at the top of the pineapple is called the "crown."

Anyways, since the headstock would only need four tuning pegs, I wanted to use that extra space to make a design that would resemble the crown of a pineapple. I traced the rough design onto the headstock, and on the back I marked the tuning peg strip as well.

Using a dremel, I cut the metal tuning peg strip so that there were four, separate tuning pegs. Then, I used a small handsaw to cut the curves of the leaves into the headstock. After all the cutting, I sanded the entire headstock smooth, using a wood rasp and a series of different grade sandpapers.

Funny thing, the pattern you traced out looks EXACTLY like you traced chicken wire! I was sure that's what you did, up until I saw you did it a completely different way. Mind blown.

Trying to resist the temptation to use "uke" as a search term. I have no idea what will happen because it was just vague enough....

patatarium2 months ago
There is really creative
roballoba11 months ago
Sweet!
sabu.dawdy11 months ago
beautifulll
nerfrocketeer11 months ago
Nice!