On The Bench

Fine tuning the fretboard

I glue the fretboards to the neck before fretting,.  This allows me to get the neck and fretboard straight as a unit and have an equilibrium point as a baseline before fretting.  Installing the frets will cause slight pressure in the slots and generate a slight backbow.  Straightening this is a little easier if everything is neutral to start.

using an 18" sanding beam to level the entire fretboard length
using an 18″ sanding beam to level the entire fretboard length
Fine tuning the fretboard radius with a radius block after leveling
Fine tuning the fretboard radius with a radius block after leveling