I see most of the CBGs have straight necks, so squaring up the frets shouldnt be a big deal. What about if you are making more of a Uke-type neck where one end is wider than the other? How do you get those squared up? Do you mark the frets before cutting the width, while the wood is still square?
I have built 2 ukuleles so far and I purchased both fretboards already fretted so I never had to worry about that before. I love to customize everything and knowing how it's all done will help me to be a better builder.
Thanks for hints, tips, and tricks! Once I learn the basics of fretting I should be well on my way to the Fun Part, building!
I love this place!
Only confirming Ron's post, mark them, cut them, prior to tapering, it is difficult to set up later, not impossible, but much easier
Thanks guys! You kinda confirmed what I already expected. I appreciate the replies!
That's a great idea! Would definitely help if I got ahead of myself. I do that sometimes. LOL
I love the champagne lifestyle, but I'm on a beer budget. LOL
I still have to do the math.
you can make a bevel gauge out of 2 bits of straight wood and a bolt.... im on a beer once a month budget...lol
i use the online fret calculators and recently on of our members posted a spread sheet you can download. all you have to do is input the scale length and it auto calculates the rest..http://www.cigarboxnation.com/forum/topics/here-is-an-excellsheet-i...
Thanks Tim! That's more my style. LOL
That spreadsheet will make life a lot easier!
Thank you sir!
I built my own spreadsheet, much like that one, it gives me the freedom to design to what materials I have in front of me, and go outside the box (pun intended), or reverse engineer a what if scenario...
I wish I was better with Excel. Sure is a handy tool.
I use FretFind2d online. I feed it the scale length, etc., and it will create a pdf layout of the frets. I print that, adhere it to the fretboard with a little spray adhesive and saw on the lines. The paper peels off easily and a little light sanding gets rid of any adhesive left over.