I've had a tenor ukulele kit in the shop for about three years. When first considering getting more serious about woodworking, building ukuleles was something I wanted to do. (as it happens, I lead a ukulele players group a couple times a month) But other projects got in the way and the Hana Lima 'Ia kit was set aside.
Building a ukulele from a kit is no that difficult if you are already familiar with tools and have access to them. Truth is, you don't need a lot of tools. I can see where some jigs would come in handy and I had to keep focused on finishing the build rather than making jigs. My plan is to build more ukes, so jig making has taken up some shop time this past few days.
I'm guessing that after five or six builds, I'll have the construction process figured out. Then I can focus on fine tuning the sound and finish. Unless I get distracted or go crazy.
I used walnut for the sides and back. They're thin at about .080 inches. Yikes.
Here's a link to the build story:http://www.westhillswood.com/hana-lima- ... build.html