For the body, I had an off-cut of parana pine window sill – this is a relatively hard, close grained wood:
It didn’t seem thick enough for a uke body, so I stuck two pieces together (did I mention that you need loads of clamps?):
You can see the body outline that my son roughed out pencilled onto the blank.
…Actually, this is the second body blank :-[ … The combined thickness of two pieces was too thick for my router. No problem, I thought, I’ll just use the router to take the thickness down a bit. I was working away, carving a network of grooves at a set depth (to be joined up with a chisel eventually), and the router was labouring more and more. Far too late, I stopped to see what was wrong: The router cutter was working its way out of the machine and was gouging out a slot nearly half the depth of the blank… :'(. Firewood.
This time I planed the blank down to about 45mm thick which was just about OK for my 1/4″ router.
To get the body shape to match the neck, I needed to get the neck to the finished width so I could blend the body outline into it. To do that, I needed to make….