Sunday, April 22, 2012
The last 'woodworking' jobs were a little bit of filling (super glue and wood dust mixed together) and covering the holes at the end of the fret slots (shellac coloured wood filler). Then a final scrape with the cabinet scraper before working carefully through the micromesh to give a smooth finish.
Finally I've started applying the tru-oil finish (except to the fretboard, masked off with insulating tape which will remain without any finish).
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Finally, I glued the fretboard onto the neck (with hide glue, of course) and clamped it up.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I have been giving some thought to the fretboard which I will be working on next. I have decided to make it 4mm thick and to go with a 336mm scale length, and 22 frets. The top six frets will be on a narrow part of the fretboard that extends over the sound hole.
Monday, April 09, 2012
I chose the edging materials to match the rosette. It was made with strips of macassar ebony (about 1.5mm thick) sliced across the grain. I glued these in with HIDE GLUE.
I finally got round to making up a batch of hide glue with a decent consistency, and I have to say I found it quite easy to use. The trick seemed to be to coat both surfaces to be glued and to work quickly. The only problem was if the bits of edging moved around while the glue was cooling. In that case they had to be removed, cleaned up and redone (this only happened on a couple of pieces and was not very time consuming).
The next day I scraped everything flush. The next step will be to cut another ledge to take a strip of holly which will add a nice contrast, protect the edge (holly is quite hard) and hide the belly end grain.