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

Prepping necks and fretboards

Roping the necks of three different guitars into a batch of similar tasks.  Glued, shaped, fretboards radiused, slotted,bound and attached to the necks.  Ready for fretting, final shaping, alignment and attaching to the bodies.

3 guitar necks
3 guitar necks

 

GC 16 Koa/Adirondack, rosette

Koa rosette with curly maple/bwb trim rings installed in an adirondack red spruce top.

The top thickness is .090″, the rosette is .045″  let into the top and carefully trimmed

body of GA16 jumbo with bridge and rosette
body of GA16 jumbo with bridge and rosette

flush.

vintage 17″ noncutaway archtop

from 2009, a 17″ noncutaway hollowbody electric archtop, vintage burst.  Engleman top, red maple back and sides, 5 ply vertical laminate neck maple, cherry.

Vintage deep burst
17″ electric hollowbody archtop

donald k wilson stringed instruments 2014

luthiers tag
luthiers tag

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 k wilson fine woodworking re focused and transitioning to donald k wilson stringed instruments.  Check back and watch the change, take a look around, I think you will like what you see.