Introduction: Leatherman Ukulele
Step 1: Leatherman Ukulele
This is a project I did 5 or so years ago. Just wondered if I could build a Ukulele with a Leatherman tool. Remember to get some good gloves as you will get blisters..
Found a cigar box some strings and tuners. Got some glue, sand paper, and a few screws. Used the saw blade and cut out the neck out of a 2X4 shaped it with the knife blade.
Made a notch in the box to fit the neck. Laid out the holes for the tuners and used the drill and screwdriver blade to drill the holes then used a pencil and sandpaper to clean them up to fit the tuners.
Used the drill blade and saw blade for the sound hole. Glued in the neck. Used the file and rasp blade to clean up the edges.
I needed some frets so I found some bobby pins and cut them to length.
I went online and found a fret calculator and laid out the frets. Used super glue to put them on. Used a plastic knitting needle to fashion a nut (the top thingy that has 4 notches to hold the strings) Had an old magnet to set the frets in place (not necessary but made it easier)
Used a piece of 2X4 wrapped with sandpaper to smooth the neck then used the Phillips screwdriver bit to install the tuners. Added 4 small screws to hold the strings and fashioned a bridge out of wood.
Update... Later on I found a strainer thing at a Goodwill store and a hinge and changed things a little bit. It had a good tone so I added a pick up for my amp.
3 years ago
Looks like it was a fun challenge! The finished uke looks cool and it's even more impressive knowing you did it all with a leatherman. Thanks for sharing. :)