|I luv ukes... but not so much fitting frets...|
It took a supportive push from Gavin MacMillan to make me finally take the plunge. He told me to "man up and get the frets on!" Thank you Gavin. I gone and blinkin' done it... and here's how I did it...
|You will know that I'm not a huge fan of specialist equipment, but this was one part of|
the build where I felt the risk of failure justified the spend. In the picture you can see
the Irwin 'pull saw' I used for cutting the slots for the frets. I think that this saw is intended
for delicate dove-tailing work. It was perfect for the frets too. It was long enough to
allow me to use a fairly wide jig. Also worthy of special mention is the fret hammer. I bought
this from Universal Jems in America and it was brilliant! Everyone should own one!
|The other thing that I knew I needed to get right was the spacing of the frets. I mentioned|
this before, but I'll mention it again... I used the Electric Ukulele Land Fret Calculator for this.
You'll remember that I took the trouble to draw these out on my original pattern.
|Gripped with a new braveness and enthusiasm I cut the slot for the nut and|
fashioned a blank out of a piece of bone I had laying around. Before you start
worrying, the bone was left over from a banjo ukulele restoration project I did a
while ago. It might have even been this one. But then again... it might have been
this one. I don't actually want a bone nut, but I didn't have any plastic to hand.
It's easy enough to change later on down the track if it doesn't work out.
|Here's the end result. I love it! I've been walking 10 feet tall ever since|
and I keep catching myself sneaking a peek to make sure that everything
is still where I left it. Ha ha! I'm chalking this up as a King Uke victory!
|Remember my comment about specialist kit. Yeah, If only I practiced|
what I preached. Look at this monstrosity! Can you guess what it's
for? I wonder if it'll be any good. You'll just have to wait and see.
That's it for now. I'm taking a break to attend the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain. I'll be the one in the Headhunters T-shirt if you're desperate to buy me a pint.
I'm not sure where I'll go next with the build. It could be to paint the body. It could be to finish the neck. Decisions, decisions...