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Stewart Macdonald Tenor Ukulele Kit part 3

I relieve mommy of baby doodie, I mean duty, when I come home from work so I haven't had much time to fit and glue the back linings. I have my baby on my lap on a Boppy pillow as I work on the uke (I even have her on my lap right now as write this posts). Here's a picture of work stoppage to plug the crying baby, I mean pacify baby with binky, just as I was about to cut the lining to size. I had to stop after the cuts because baby wanted my 100% attention.

On the following night I was able to sand the edges of the lining to better fit the uke. Dry fitting went well till baby got fussy again.

Luckily for me tonight, Mommy took the kids out. This gave me time to glue in the lining. I really should have done this outside but I had everything at my desk and was not sure how long Mommy would be out. Gluing was a tad bit messy. You try to be neat, but you still drip here and there.

I did several dry runs, marked the linings left/right but I still managed to make a huge mistake. Luckily the mistake did not turn out to be disastrous. For my first lining glue up, I applied glue to the wrong side of the lining. I thought I messed it up but a quick wipe down with damp rags cleaned it up. I didn't have time to let it dry since I had already applied glue to the inside of the uke. I applied glue on the correct side of the lining and placed it in. As I placed the clothespin, they would stick here and there to the lining from residual glue. I would have to clamp different sections while I wipe down other areas. I kept doing this till the clothespins didn't feel like they stick to the lining. Here is one side of the lining done.

I made sure that I applied glue to correct side for the next lining. Here it is right before gluing.

Here I have both sides glued in and clamped with clothespins. I used just a little over 100 clothespins. The clothespins were cheap. Walmart sold packs of 100 for about $1.50 per pack. I checked up on the pins holding the side I messed up on every so often to make sure they are not glued to the lining. So far, none of them seem like they are sticking. Time to let glued up linings dry overnight.

I'll skip posting about installing the top linings since it is the same as this post. Just imagine the pictures above again, but this time for the top of the uke. Hopefully baby will be good tomorrow and let me finish the linings in one sitting. Next up will be working on the sound board and back of the uke.


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