Category: Ukulele - Akertoys
 
It's tricky to hold stuff.  This is one of those things you don't really think about when you're a kid, and then at a certain point you realize that a huge percentage of all engineering effort has been applied toward trying to... hold stuff.  We at Akertoys find it tricky to hold stuff while finishing it.  Ukuleles in particular pose that challenge.  Here's the latest solution:
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We had set up a "finishing station" that held either four necks or four bodies at a time, using a little wedge-thingy to quickly disconnect the temporary finishing arm from the station when you needed to flip or remove the part.
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A friend who was helping with the finishing pointed out that there's not a lot of point in having four of them set up that way at once: since we don't have spray finishing equipment, you can only really focus on one item at a time... so what might be most useful would be a single good workstation, and then a lot of places to hang the inactive parts for drying.  So I imagined a little plate that could interface between the 1/4-20 male thread of a tripod and the two dowel holes of our finishing holding bars.
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I realize we won't be winning any beauty contests with this thing... but that's cool.  I think it's beautiful, considering the small amount of time invested in its creation.  It does the job nicely, lets you hold a neck or body at any location in space while you work on it.  Excellent.
Oh, and if you're wondering about the crummy, flash-polluted photography: My tripod was sort of indisposed at the time!
 
[Adan] Okay, so this was a "Where's It Wednesday" post, but things are a bit relaxed where we are right now.  If a Wednesday post goes out on Saturday, well, that's not so bad.
Mr. UkuleleHead lounges in a chair
We took Mr. UkuleleHead away from his usual stomping grounds for a week. Though he was at first upset by the lack of productivity, he quickly settled into the relaxed pace of life here.  Ah, a Tiki-God-kulele in repose, what a sight!

The question, then, is where might here be?

How about another picture:
Mr. UkuleleHead on the boardwalk, wary of snakes
Okay, so that one may actually be less helpful, not more... sorry about that!
Regarding that alleged lack of productivity, it's actually been very productive. There haven't been a lot of ukuleles made this week, but the population here with Mr. U-Head represents a large percentage of the Akertoys Board of Directors.  So our coffee-fueled screen porch chats each morning here have discussed many new and exciting Akertoys ideas.  We're coming out of this with a lot of new thoughts and concepts, and a new product idea fully fleshed out, though not the first thing's actually been made.