On The Bench

Fine tuning the fretboard

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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 […]


donald k wilson stringed instruments 2014

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There are changes afoot for the new year.  After 40+ years of luthier skills, building and repairing guitars and stringed instruments on a side bench I am changing keys.  I will still be accepting interesting and compelling woodworking projects but it is time to get out from under the “big” wood…  2014 will see donald […]