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StewMac Walnut Tenor Ukulele Kits

StewMac Walnut Tenor Ukulele Kits

StewMac Walnut Tenor Ukulele Kits Walnut Top

Walnut Top

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StewMac Walnut Tenor Ukulele Kits Spruce Top

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StewMac Walnut Tenor Ukulele Kits

About This Item

The one build you'll take with you everywhere
Ukuleles are comfortable, portable, and sound amazing. They're easy to take to the park, the beach, or throw in your backpack—you'll always want it there when inspiration strikes. Why not take up the craft and build one?

You've wanted to start building (or have a project with your kids), but it's challenging to know where to start. Let's face it, you don't need experience at all to build a great instrument on your first try. These tenor uke kits are designed to make your first build enjoyable from start to finish; we've precisely crafted each part to fit perfectly, letting you focus on the building without worries.

No woodworking experience required!
We give you detailed instructions and bracing plans to guide you through each step of the build to get you to the finish line. There's a good chance you already own most of the tools you'll need to build your uke.

To reduce spring-back and aid stability the back and sides are made from high quality Pacific Walnut (Dracontomelon dao) laminates—this will go a long way to ensuring your first build is painless and enjoyable.

We have two models so you can choose your sound. The solid spruce top gives the uke a dynamic sound and will age beautifully over time. The laminated walnut top is more travel friendly and easy to care for.

    Included with each kit
  • Solid European Spruce (Picea abies) top or laminated Pacific Walnut (Dracontomelon dao) top
  • Laminated walnut back
  • Laminated walnut sides
  • Fully shaped mahogany neck with two dowel pins for neck joint
  • Walnut fretboard, slotted and inlaid with position markers
  • Tuners with mounting hardware
  • Shaped string nut
  • Carved, drilled walnut bridge
  • Shaped saddle
  • Plastic dowel for making side dots
  • Fretwire
  • Rubber binding bands
  • Spruce braces, quartersawn and carved for top and back
  • Two spruce soundhole braces
  • Bridge plate
  • Full-size bracing plan
  • Instruction book
  • Strings

Tenor specs
Overall length: 25-7/8" (657mm)
Scale length: 16-31/32" (431mm)
Width at the nut: 1-3/8" (35mm)



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Instructions

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StewMac Ukulele Kit Instructions

Downloadable assembly instructions and bracing plans for our StewMac Ukulele Kits.

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4.5
  • 4.38 average rating from 21 reviews
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4.0

Fantastic project

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Verified Buyer


So far thoroughly enjoying this build, (have completed the body and now onto the neck. Instructions and videos are very clear and helpful. The only thing preventing a 5 star review is that the walnut veneer feels a bit "cheap" and were I going to do this again I would probably opt for the spruce top (or pony up for the solid wood, but this being my first build did not want to risk ruining higher quality materials), though i do love the look of walnut. Overall excellent kit and definitely would recommend.

5.0

very nice kit

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Very nice kit. Goes together well.

5.0

Very nice materials and instruction

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I was a little concerned by how thin the walnut veneer was, but it never proved to be a problem. The quality otherwise was really nice... The instruction book alone is worth the price of admission if you think about this in terms of it being a instrument building class. I built this for my daughter, as she has become quite skilled with her lower-end ukuleles... I figured she deserved an upgrade and my building it would make it particularly special... She's thrilled...

3.0

Wood Could Be Better

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Verified Buyer


When I opened the kit I discovered that the walnut veneer on the plywood for the sides was flaking off. For $100 I would expect higher quality wood. Everything else about the kit is good. The instructions are clear and easy to follow but be aware that assembling this kit is not a trivial task. Be very careful to read and reread the directions and practice your clamping set up before you apply glue. So far I have only gotten as far as assembling the ukulele body but I'm excited to finish it.

Response from StewMac


Hi Benjamin,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us, we genuinely appreciate that. We are sorry to hear that the StewMac Walnut Tenor Ukulele Kits did not work for you as expected. We have sent you an email so that we can work on getting you a replacement kit that would be handpicked by one of our technicians. Just reply to that message when you get a chance and our customer service team will take care of everything. We look forward to hearing back from you and thanks again for the feedback.

5.0

Yes, You Can

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Verified Buyer


I was very nervous about every aspect of taking on this project. I was worried about shipping, and buying something unseen and untried by myself. I was worried because I have never built an instrument before. My wife wouldn't describe me as handy, so I had no confidence in my ability to actually do a nice job. However I was driven to take a chance because of the isolation and social distancing policies where I work. I had the room and the time to try.
Now for my rave for StewMac and these kits. Shipping was great and I would recommend to everyone to take advantage of their membership offer, shipping alone proved worth it, not to mention the news letter and information about other kit packages that you will receive.
I found the kit packages to be very fairly priced so I was concerned about quality of the wood and other accessories. I needn't have. For the product and service I received it was small price to pay. These are good kits well organized and packaged with care. Thanks.
As I said earlier I am no craftsman, but the plans and videos talked me through every stage of my build. It is literally fool proof provided you take the time and show the proper amount of respect for your own work. (I did a lot of thinking and dry runs, but it was worth it).
My end product has resulted in a number of very kind compliments and you can hear the respect in their voices, some have asked me to build for them. (they don't realize that this was a kit). Even my wife was amazed.
In short if you are thinking about buying this kit GO FOR IT you can do it and have fun.

5.0

More than satisfied

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Verified Buyer


I have not yet started to work with the kit itself but I just want to say how impressed I am with the instruction book. Best that I've seen.

5.0

First ever instrument build - Very happy with the outcome

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Verified Buyer


Loved the kit. Very nice woods and well crafted. The online videos are so easy to follow. I did use a paper trace of the neck joint and poked holes to get them perfect to the top edge then transferred it to the body. Worked great. I used their water based stains, and Wipe on Poly which is a great product. More coats equals high gloss shine like a Guitar. I bought replacement string which gave it better tone than the ones in the kit (which weren't marked - and are not obvious which is which). I'm an experienced wood worker, but this kit is so easy anyone with patience and some craft skills with glue and wood can do. It took me about 12 hours total. I videoed me building it for my Grandson, and put a custom label in it too. This is a wonderful project and StewMac products are amazing..Highly recommend.

2.0

REALLY Thin Laminate

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Verified Buyer


The walnut over most of this kit looks stunning. However the laminated walnut is so thin that it practically flakes off in spots. I was left with a bare spot on the lower bout and in the waist on the edge where the back meets the side. Super disappointing on an otherwise beautiful instrument. I’ve tried to patch it up with some creative use of wood grain filler. This is my 5th uke, so I know to be careful to avoid sanding through. This stuff was REALLY thin. I have two more kits to build for friends, hopefully they are better.

4.0

Great Project to do with Kids

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Verified Buyer


I've been a hobbyist woodworker for nearly two decades, but this is the first instrument I've ever tackled - hence, why I started with a kit build. I also wanted a project to work on with my son (8), who's starting to show an interest in my shop projects. This proved to be a great starter project for him, because he could help out quite a bit and the time requirements weren't excessive. A lot of the steps are "dry fit piece" + "glue up piece" + "wait", which was great for us.

We selected the Walnut kit with Spruce soundboard. I should have realized from the description, but walnut sides/back, spruce soundboard, and mahogany neck would result in a non-homogenous final product with three very different woods visually. We finished with dewaxed shellac and poly.

I purchased Grover tuners, but found that the predrilled holes were massively too big. I didn't pull out my digital calipers, but they were in the ballpark of 11mm on my ruler (the Grovers are meant for a 8.73mm peghole). I loved the Grovers, though, and wrapped their compression bushings in aluminum tape to get a tight fit. First I put on too much tape - about 10" worth - and then trimmed off small sections until I found the tightest fit I could get. The diameter wasn't identical for each hole either, so I had to do the long process for each hole.

Instructions deserve 5 stars by themselves. The accompanying build video series was extremely helpful as well.

If you're like me and wanted to have a custom inlay, but weren't terribly interested in cutting pearl/abalone and buy the equipment necessary to do that well, we cheated a bit and made a wooden inlay. We designed a "sunset" inlay using a graduating plug bit set and a variety of scrap hardwoods I had lying around, set in the peghead with a Forstner bit. We used the leftover side dot dowel to make "stars" around our sun. Honestly, for being dead simple, it turned out nice.

Pros:
Everything in one box; great project to do with kids; incredible instructions

Cons:
Three species don't visually complement each other; pegholes are huge and won't fit aftermarket tuners without some jiggering; would have been nice had the kit included a small bottle of CA glue and fretboard oil.

4.0

Walnut Tenor Uke Kit

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Verified Buyer


Overall, this is a great kit, especially for someone with limited building experience. The combination of the videos and written directions are fairly comprehensive. I purchased the Walnut kit with the Spruce soundboard. The finished product was very nice. While the kit was good overall, I would like to see several modifications. I purchased Grover tuners but the predrilled mounting holes are so big, I didn't realize I would have to plug and redrill them until I was nearly done with the build. They were also too big for the stock tuners? Also, as several people have pointed out, using dowels to mount the neck is less than desirable. I have building experience and found the process of accurately drilling two dowel holes quite difficult. Finally, they recommend using a poly finish, which I tried, but I probably would not do it again, Even though, the final product turned out quite nice. Thanks Stew Mac. This helped keep me sane during my self quarantine.

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