If you have ever imagined creating a ukulele out of a box, you are at the right page! It's called a 'box-elele'! This box-elele is constructed using a cardboard box and has 4 ukulele strings made of nylon polymer. The size of a box-elele is similar to the figure-eight body shape of a typical ukulele.
Here's how to make a DIY Box-elele :-
Place a small rectangular board (white side up) underneath a long piece of wood. Using a pencil, mark the position for the holes on the board.
Punch out 4 holes based on your markings. Repeat these steps with the other board.
Place both boards onto the wood, ensuring that the holes are clear. Insert the gears into each hole, secure tightly with 2 small screws using a screwdriver.
Place the piece of wood in the inner middle part of the box cover & glue it together. Let it dry!
Draw four lines (1 cm apart) across the square board. Using a cutter, poke holes along the lines.
Measure 3 cm from the end of the saddle and draw a 4 cm line parallel to the saddle. Mark or indent 4 holes (1 cm apart) on the line.
To make the bridge, screw 4 big screws into each hole markings / indents. Leave a 0.5 cm gap between the surface and screw head.
To make a second saddle, tape 2 mini boards together. Then, tape a bolt to the boards. After that, glue the second saddle next to the first one.
Glue the long boards one by one onto the neck to make the fretboard.
To make the nut, tape 4 small boards together. Then, tape the bolt to the boards. Then, glue the nut on top of the fretboard.
Measure the scale length which is the distance from nut to bridge.
Nut to First Fret
(NutToFret) = (Scale Length))/17.817
Round up to three decimal places
Nut to Second Fret
Calculate value of bridge to first fret:
BridgeToFret = ScaleLength – NutToFret
Formula for second fret
NutToFret = (BridgeToFret)/17.817 + NutToFret
General Formula for all Frets
BridgeToFret[n-1] = ScaleLength – NutToFret[n-1]
Second fret (and after):
NutToFret[n] = (BridgeToFret[n−1])/17.817 + NutToFret[n-1]
Tie one end of the string to the bridge. Insert the other end of the string through the tuning peg and tighten it by turning the peg head.
Ensure that you have strung your box-elele correctly.
You have finished building your box-elele!
Try strumming out a song!
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