Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Project ukulele – Edge binding

uke edge banding

Blur, Green Day, Elvis Costello, Belle & Sebastion, The Clash, Madonna, They Might Be Giants. That was just on the first page that I clicked on after doing a google search for ukulele tablature. I can’t wait to see what I find when I actually start looking. I am getting anxious to go all Don Ho with this uke.

But first I guess that I’d best finish building the instrument. This week I made and installed some maple edge binding to protect and beautify the ukulele. The binding adds a nice custom touch to the body while keeping it from getting too dinged up while I’m out at clam-bakes doing the twist.

Making the binding

uke edge banding

I was going to use one of the plastic binding materials available from places like Stewart-Macdonald, but I didn’t feel like waiting so I decided to make the binding out of some material that I had on hand, Eastern rock maple.

I first ripped a thin strip of maple on the table saw, then cut it down to the final width using a band saw. I was fortunate enough to catch an episode of Hand Made Music on the DIY network, in which a fella demonstrated how to bend guitar sides by soaking then in water and pressing them against a hot iron pipe. I applied the same principals to shaping my edge binding, using a soldering iron clamped into a vice as my heat source.

uke edge banding

uke edge banding


Using a router, I cut a notch to accept the binding all around the top and bottom edges of the body. After dry-fitting the binding to make sure that my bends were adequate, I applied some tite-bond glue all around the inside of the edge band and clamped it up using a bunch of rubber bands.

uke edge banding
After the glue had dried, I sanded the binding
flush with the sides, top, and back.
uke edge banding

Next up: Gluing on the neck and fretboard.

6 Responses to “Project ukulele – Edge binding”

  1. Phill Says:

    Awesome. I gotta get my ass in gear to make me one of those. I’ve been thinking of a solid-body electric to start with… I dunno, but you’ve definitely inspired me.

  2. joey Says:

    any chance we can get some uke samples when it’s all done? That would be really rockin! i’d love to hear them that’s for sure. I’d really like to make my own acoustic one of these days…

  3. Jason Says:

    Looking good! Nice job with the binding, that is a very nice upgrade.

    I’m looking forward to the next progress update…


  4. Mary Burr Says:

    I’ve really been enjoying the progress of your ukulele project. In addition to the artists you found in your Google search, did you happen to find this lovely sight, Midnight Ukulele Disco? Check out this beautiful rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”


    – Steve says: Yeah, Jake is Fantastic!

  5. Joe Rosario Says:

    I admire your work. I just purchased a kit from grizzly and am wondering how to grove the body for the binding. Could you please help me out. Thanking you in advance.

  6. David Doxey Says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve been looking at expensive kits, but found the Grizzly, and wanted to know if the kit works. Thanks for the information. The binding is a great addition. I’d love to hear how it sound when finished.