Since we're all under lock down (or should/will be), I decided to design an instrument that can be made with common materials found around most homes. I call it a Can-U-lele because it uses a tin can as a sound box. No, its not square, but it does work and will take about an afternoon to work.
For this build, I've changed from using wood glue to hot glue to minimize the build time. I'm not sure how long it will last as I've seen hot glue joints disintegrate with age. But hopefully we won't be in lock down too long and you will be able to build a full blown Sq'Ukulele!!
The sound is rather unique. It sounds a little between a banjo and a ukulele. It is tuned exactly like a ukulele, The only item you might have difficulty obtaining is fishing line of different weights. Feel free to substitute with what you've got. I've even seen that dental floss can work in a pinch.
Check it out in the Plans section.
I've been making ukuleles for almost a year now. I've garnered inspiration from all over the internet and thought it was time to give back. From everything I've read, the hardest thing about building a stringed instrument (guitar, violin, ukulele) is thicknessing the top. Although I've done that in some of my earlier builds, I wanted to find an easier more efficient way of building. Supposedly, we are running out of good tone wood and that will mean instruments will become mroe expensive. Thicknessing a soundboard is inherently wasteful as you need to take a thick piece of wood and remove almost half of it. Not to mention the cutting and the size of the saw blade.