- Jul 12, 2014
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I also made myself a master neck template out of the bartlett plan and copied it for a working template. I'm going to try and get started on the neck and fingerboard later ..
Scraper?Ok, so I double-side taped the fretboard to the neck taper upside down and wedged itso it was equal both sides and then routed it very gently indeed .. it looks like a lot but it's only 1.5mm each side
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Inlay next - I'm not going to do the traditional inlays on this one, I'll put some kind of marker in at the 12th fret (I have a couple of designs I'd like to try out) and side dots. Once that's done then I'll final sand it and put the binding on.
One thing I'd like to ask - the top carve is nearly there but it still feels lumpy in places; I don't want to go at it with the orbital sander as it's not really accurate enough and puts unwanted dips in far too quickly .. does anyone have any tips for a good way to smooth this out?
Arghhh, I never thought of that!!! I actually finished the fretboard today, pictures to follow ..That fretboard template looks like its long enough to have both dimensions on it.....as in you put the blank on at a thinner point for the wood sizing, then move it to the thicker part for the 'with binding' dimension. That way you can use it to trim down the binding too as its not often you get the material at the precise dimension you want.
How do you do that? Just wondering if there's a radiused fretboard, what does the bearing run against? I'd be scared of wrecking the whole thing ..I will always use my router table with a flush trim bit to hog out the bulk of the excess binding between the frets. Do in 10 second what would take hours by hand
Nasty nibs lol I did actually enjoy it after I'd done the first half of them once I got a little bit of the hang of it, I mainly sweated the first half in case I was doing it all wrong.nice work. you have a nice fretboard. nice inlay work, too. I actually rather enjoy doing the nibs, as if they are done properly, they add a touch of class to a fretboard, and knowing that while i'm doing it makes me a bit more diligent, as nasty nibs are welll.....they're just nasty. nobody wants nasty nibs.