Acoustic Guitar #10: Mostly fretboard

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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 10-29-2012 09:26 PM 3987 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Fine tuning the tail veneer & cutting dinky little mitres on the purflings.

A nice piece of maple recycled from a shop fitting will do nicely for the fretboard. I Googled and then printed off a full size pattern for the frets. Attached it to the maple with d/s tape.

and attached depth stops to a pull-saw of correct kerf width for frets I’m using…

a rapidly knocked together ‘mitre’ box

Result – happiness:

I made a sanding block to the desired radius.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 09:32 PM

The depth stop method on the saw is interesting. What do you use to adhere it to the blade, and does it come off easily?

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 10-29-2012 09:50 PM

Hello Brian.

I used good old double sided tape that worked really well, although it did need a solvent to clean the blade. Acetone worked with the tape I used.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#3 posted 10-29-2012 10:02 PM


Now, you’re getting down to the nitty gritty… the parts that directly result in sound!

Looks good!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 10-29-2012 10:18 PM

Yes, that first pluck can’t be too far off now Joe!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#5 posted 10-29-2012 10:51 PM

This has been interesting watching this blog. The frets are one of the main things that play Ninja mind tricks on me, telling me I could never build a whole guitar. How critical are the spacings? How far off can you be and still have it sound good?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 12:12 AM

cool. i love watching blogs on making musical instruments, they’re fascinating.

-- Joel

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 01:00 PM

More great progress! Getting close!

@Rance – Are you telling us you can’t saw a straight line on pencil marks? LOL. I know better than that!

Actually, there are tons of ways to do that, including buying ready-made jigs that lock-in the precise cuts. Or, you can buy them precut. I will be using a thin kerf blade on my table saw when I get to that stage, making my own jig using a notched, stainless steel fret template purchased from LMII or StewMac.

Compared to cutting purflings/binding channels, doing the fretboard would be a piece of cake.

-- jay,

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 05:18 PM

As you say, Jay there are countless approaches to this. Mine was a cheap and cheerful approach, but the result seems incredibly accurate. Like you Rance, I’d worried for years about this bit of the process (as well as the bending of the ribs), but the reality was, surprisingly, much easier than I’d thought. No question that you can do it Rance!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#9 posted 10-31-2012 09:52 PM

I like the miter box and the backsaw. Even cutting pieces in parquetry and framing. Only because, I cannot afford to have the luxery of other way lol.

-- Bert

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Louis Petrolia

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#10 posted 09-30-2013 11:34 PM

Hi YorkshireStewart
I am fairly new to Lumberjocks and have some of my project photos on my site. However, I have been planning to build an acoustic guitar for sometime now. Very difficult to get full size plans, and a good set of detailed instructions. Happened to notice your projects and the 10 steps. I would appreciate any help that you can send my way. I truly need help. Your steps look great to me.
Hoping to hear from you.
Louis Petrolia

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#11 posted 11-05-2013 09:17 AM

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Mark Shymanski

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#12 posted 04-11-2014 04:19 AM

How does it sound?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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