Building the soft support in the Calvin & Hobbes themed ukulele case…
Awhile back, I posted the construction of the internal support framework for the ukulele itself. This consisted of cutting a shape that followed the contour of the uke, then building a scaffolding that held it up off the bottom of the case. Now I install that scaffolding, but it first has to be covered in a soft material. The scaffolding pieces are first laid out and the ukulele is set in to see if any trimming needs to be done to accommodate the fabric.
Uke in place within scaffolding
I then need to start positioning the fabric over the scaffolding pieces and trimming it to fit.
Positioning fabric for fit and trimming
I planned to tuck and glue the fabric edges to the sides of the case once I had it trimmed properly. It was really kind of a trial and error thing as I trimmed the fabric, then once I had it the way I wanted it, I glued the fabric to the scaffolding using plain white glue and let it dry. I then put glue on the bottom of the scaffolding and inserted it into the case to dry.
Scaffolding glued into case
Now the edges of the fabric needed to be tucked in and glued to the sides of the case to finish the job.
Tucked and glued fabric
For the lid, I did pretty much the same thing, except the intent is to gently press against the top of the ukulele so it doesn’t flop around in the case. I basically cut the case shape, glued two strips that would land on either side of the bridge and strings, then covered it with the fabric and glued it into the lid.
Lid liner covered with fabric
To finish the Calvin & Hobbes themed, handmade papier-mâché ukulele case, I inserted and glued the lid liner in place.
Liner glued in
When the ukulele is placed in the case and the lid is closed, the lid liner securely holds the uke in place. The finished piece looks thusly…
Uke in the finished case
I hope you found this post series entertaining and informative. I’d love to see what you come up with after seeing this case go together. Remember, you don’t have to buy something if you can build it yourself, especially if you have materials lying around that would get tossed otherwise. You’re more resourceful and talented than you may think…just think…
Watch for my next posts. Another project to watch the construction of. Thanks for reading…tell your friends to subscribe!