Saturday, June 14, 2014
Making bar frets
That saucy rosewood spruce combo will get bar frets. I have them on my first soprano and I think they work fine and look cool. I have two different profiles from the hobby shop, 1x3 and 1x4 mm. This fretboard is thick enough for the 4 mm, the slots are 2 mm deep and I need a bit to work with to get the crown profile right.
First I mess up the bottom edge a bit with a crap knife.
Then I put a small amount of ca glue in the slot, just a bit of insurance.
Since they'll recieve some heavy filing I can use a steel hammer to drive them down.
Then I file the edges so they're flush with the fretboard edge. I also check the fretboard so it's the right width at the nut and 13th (my necks join the body at the 13th fret). The board is clamped to a piece of maple, filing a bowed board will give you a convex edge.
Oh heck, I didn't take a pic of the back braces either. Or of the back as it went on.