Advanced Ukulele Building with Jay Lichty

The ukulele is a fun instrument and has become quite popular over the years. Learn how to make yours! You will have bragging rights as well as the “know how” to build high quality ukuleles on your own in your own shop.

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Welcome to the Robert O'Brien Online Advanced Ukulele Building Course. In this course Robert invites world renowned luthier, Jay Lichty of Lichty Guitars and Ukuleles, to show how he builds his world class concert ukuleles. Jay doesn't hold back and includes many advanced features he uses on his instruments like a zero fret, soundport, arm bevel, slotted and bound headstock, bound fretboard, mitered purflings, and a cutaway!! He also shows how he achieves a professional high gloss finish using water based products.

The course is divided into 12 chapters, each containing easy to follow lessons filmed in high definition video. You start with a pile of lumber and progress to a finished high quality instrument with all the bells and whistles Jay puts on his own custom instruments.

In addition to the detailed step by step instructions on how to build a tenor ukulele, the course also includes an interview with Jay and his wife, Corrie, on how to market your work.

This course is intended for those that have already built an instrument or two but has something for everyone, including features that can be used on instruments other than ukuleles. If you want to take your ukulele and instrument making to the next level then this course is a must!

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Congratulations Robbie and congratulations to Jay as well! Wow! Looks very thorough with lots of bells and whistles too! I'm sure I'll learn a lot. I haven't built an ukulele yet, but I'm sure this will help. Thanks again for the fine instruction you make available through these courses. Rolo
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Even though I've built 37 ukuleles, this was not a hard purchase decision for me at all. There's no way that Jay and I use identical building methods, so I'm guaranteed to learn some things from this course. Compared to the costs involved for an in-person class, online courses such as this are a huge bargain! Howard
Congratulations Robbie and congratulations to Jay as well! Wow! Looks very thorough with lots of bells and whistles too! I'm sure I'll learn a lot. I haven't built an ukulele yet, but I'm sure this will help. Thanks again for the fine instruction you make available through these courses. Rolo
Chapter 1 • Shop Tour
24:05
Intro 4:29
Lesson 1: Tools and Jigs 13:30
Lesson 2: Materials 6:06
Chapter 2 • Sides
1:44:53
Lesson 1: Thicknessing 9:40
Lesson 2: Layout 3:24
Lesson 3: Bending 16:20
Lesson 4: Putting sides in form 6:41
Lesson 5: Blocks 16:02
Lesson 6: Radius 6:35
Lesson 7: Kerfing 19:26
Lesson 8: Soundport 18:42
Lesson 9: End graft 3:12
Lesson 10: Leveling and radiusing the kerfing 4:51
Chapter 3 • Top
1:47:07
Lesson 1: Joining 7:49
Lesson 2: Making the rosette 8:13
Lesson 3: Installing the rosette 12:58
Lesson 4: Top Thickness 6:13
Lesson 5: Bracing layout 6:00
Lesson 6: Cutting out soundhole 4:46
Lesson 7: Braces 31:57
Lesson 8: Voicing 23:52
Lesson 9: Pickup 5:19
Chapter 4 • Back
35:03
Lesson 1: Joining 7:05
Lesson 2: Thicknessing 8:54
Lesson 3: Reinforcement strip 2:14
Lesson 4: Bracing 7:05
Lesson 5: Gluing the braces 9:45
Chapter 5 • Closing the Box
1:14:59
Lesson 1: Fitting the back 15:12
Lesson 2: Fitting the top 7:17
Lesson 3: Voicing the back 7:07
Lesson 4: Attaching the back 9:21
Lesson 5: Attaching the top 2:37
Lesson 6: Flush trimming 6:07
Lesson 7: Scraping and sanding 27:18
Chapter 6 • Bindings - Arm Bevel
2:47:26
Lesson 1: Bending the bindings 8:15
Lesson 2: Cutting the top channels 16:50
Lesson 3: Cutting the back channels 9:34
Lesson 4: Arm rest, end graft and cutaway channels 22:33
Lesson 5: Purflings 12:42
Lesson 6: Installing top bindings 8:18
Lesson 7: Installing back bindings 6:29
Lesson 8: Fieldtrip 23:02
Lesson 9: End graft and cutaway binding 19:47
Lesson 10: Scraping and sanding bindings 10:21
Lesson 11: Arm rest 24:46
Lesson 12: Rounding over 4:49
Chapter 7 • Fingerboard
57:23
Lesson 1: Slotting 7:41
Lesson 2: Radiusing 4:49
Lesson 3: Tapering 4:44
Lesson 4: Binding 12:48
Lesson 5: Fret markers 4:22
Lesson 6: Installing fretwire 19:14
Lesson 7: Side dots 3:45
Chapter 8 • Neck
3:07:20
Lesson 1: Neck blank 13:44
Lesson 2: Fitting the neck Part I 17:09
Lesson 3: Fitting the neck Part II 18:43
Lesson 4: Fitting the neck Part III 20:59
Lesson 5: Positioning the fretboard 8:37
Lesson 6: Peghead veneer 7:55
Lesson 7: Peghead shape 6:01
Lesson 8: Peghead binding 16:05
Lesson 9: Thicknessing the peghead 6:44
Lesson 10: Holes and slots 8:15
Lesson 11: Logo inlay 5:39
Lesson 12: Heel cap 9:07
Lesson 13: Shaping 19:01
Lesson 14: Fretwork 20:32
Lesson 15: The nut 8:49
Chapter 9 • Bridge
33:37
Lesson 1: The bridge thickness 2:15
Lesson 2: The slot 3:29
Lesson 3: Shaping 13:30
Lesson 4: The saddle 4:51
Lesson 5: Masking bridge location 9:32
Chapter 10 • Finish
2:49:28
Lesson 1: Safety 8:57
Lesson 2: Surface prep 16:28
Lesson 3: Epoxy pore fill 31:55
Lesson 4: Spraying 13:04
Lesson 5: More sanding and filling 40:19
Lesson 6: More spraying and sanding 29:59
Lesson 7: Final topcoats and leveling 12:35
Lesson 8: Buffing 16:11
Chapter 11 • Assembly - Gluing Bridge
1:25:35
Lesson 1: The waterfall 3:32
Lesson 2: Cleaning the fretboard 7:40
Lesson 3: Fitting the neck 9:50
Lesson 4: Gluing the bridge 6:07
Lesson 5: Drilling bridge holes 2:38
Lesson 6: Drilling jack hole 7:26
Lesson 7: The label 1:45
Lesson 8: Installing tuners 4:45
Lesson 9: Attaching the neck 2:55
Lesson 10: Strings 8:35
Lesson 11: Setup 30:22
Chapter 12 • Extras
57:53
Lesson 1: Jays tips 7:37
Lesson 2: Jays fiddles 3:49
Lesson 3: Interview with Jay and Corrie 36:54
Lesson 4: Bloopers 9:33