My favorite thing to build out of. It's free, It's beautiful, It's ugly, fraught with nail holes, knots and cracks but in that sows ear there's a nice purse or a ukulele in this one.
I work at a major hospital shipping pallets are coming in and out all day. I started looking for just the right ones as soon as I saw an up coming pallet contest. I was looking for quarter sawn oak boards, 1/4 sawn oak is a figured wood popular in Arts and Crafts furniture. Growth rings of the tree are closer to perpendicular to the surface of the board. This creates a beautiful visual effect sometimes called fleck rays. I was able to find enough for a couple of projects so here's my pallet ukulele I hope you like.

Step 1: Gathering the Stuff

I found a pallet with enough 1/4 sawn oak to make the ukulele but I wanted to make the top out of spruce if I could find some so for now I just milled the neck, back and sides

<p>Very cool</p>
All the better for doing it without shelling out a Benjamin or two on tonewood. I can't even get cheap crap wood and don't have the tools to cut it myself...<br>:'(
How does the tone associated with quarter sawn oak compare with other more traditional tonewoods? I used it for the neck on my last guitar and was very happy with its rigidity and workability, but I am unable to really assess it's tonal contributions as the I find the front, back, and sides of an acoustic instrument to be far more tonally significant than that of the neck material.
<p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueoV6EtwO8Q" rel="nofollow">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueoV6EtwO8Q</a></p><p>I can't play it but</p>
<p>This ukulele is the first I've built or played so I really couldn't say . It does sound nice maybe a little bright like maple back and sides on a guitar. Taylor guitars built a pallet guitar a while back I read it had a bright tone I think there's a video of it on youtube . Peace Ricky</p>
<p>Wow what a great use for pallets! Thanks for sharing your hard work! Have a great day!</p><p>sunshiine </p>
Thanks a lot sunshine peace
<p>Awesome! you should post a recording!</p>
Thanks I'm working on a recording I got to learn to play it first
<p>i love it</p>
<p>thanks Soda</p>
<p>Wow, this is really impressive.</p>
<p>Thank you Danger</p>
<p>This is a gorgeous uke! I too am a fan of Arts & Crafts work and am really impressed with this build. Superlative work, sir.</p>
<p>thanks for kind words</p>
Awww! I was planning to go and make a ukulele or two for the pallet contest and you made this beauty and beat me to it!! Mine are a different style and I will still do an instructable or two if I have time. But wow very beautiful and resourceful (love the domino!) and professionally done!
<p>this contest is big enough for the both of us. I would love to see yours. Thanks for the kind words</p>

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