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Friday, 19 March 2010

Fretboards continued


I've done the shaping of all nine of my fretboards: here are three of them. It involved sawing the fret slots: there will be more of that later on to achieve the correct depth for the fretwire (I'm waiting for that to arrive and this time, I'll be using a smaller size of wire than before). Then making holes for the position markers, punching out the wooden dots (maple and walnut in this instance) and inserting them into the holes. After that, shaping the boards into that "tie" silhouette (most of the time, they are 1.5" wide at the nut and between 1 3/4" and 1 7/8" at the 12th fret -- just my personal preference): first a rough cut with the band saw on either side, then files and sandpaper. Finally, shaping the bottom end.
It's been slow because I was busy with other things, but I must say, it's easier than last year: practice does seem to pay off...
Later I will re-sand the boards to a very smooth finish, adjust the slots, insert the frets, file the fret ends, make sure all the frets are level, re-adjust, file down and re-crown if necessary, all that finicky stuff. And add smaller position markers to the side.
Right now, we've been having an early spring, most of the snow has melted away, crocuses are out, so it's time to get out of the house and start the sanding process which will keep me occupied throughout the spring and summer.