The first fretted CBG I pressed the frets into the cuts and they mostly held just fine.  Over time two fell out and once they did they continue fall out despite firm re-hammering of them.

So I tried just a dot of CA glue (thick) and it oozed on to the fret board which was unsightly.

Is there a specific glue and/or gluing technique I need to use/follow?

Views: 268

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Most gluing of frets I've seen, including myself, merely use a dab of "super glue" the clear very thin stuff you can buy anywhere from dollar stores to Walmart, not so much in the slot, but on the ends. You tap in your frets, then turn the neck sideways and drip a drop at both ends of the fret, it usually seeps into the slot beneath the fret making contact with the fret and soaking into the wood due to it's thin viscosity.

Soft wood finger/fret boards tend to not be as secure holding the frets as much as a hardwood does, and make sure your making a thin as possible kerf slot for your fret, experiment on a piece of scrap, till you get the slot thickness to feel just right before cutting all of them on your finished gee-tar.

To resolve the issue at hand, you can still try this method, or you may have to remove the offending frets as they come loose, make 50/50 mixture of hardwood sawdust and wood glue, press it into the slot, and immediately tamp the fret back in, excess will squeeze out the sides, wipe, wait to dry, add the superglue to the ends for extra security.

Do not use the gorilla glue products as as these glues dry, they expand, making a mess, possibly even pushing the fret back out.

The very worse case scenario, slots are too loose and you have to let the 50/50 sawdust glue mixture dry before you insert frets, filling in the old slot, and re-cut the slots thinner.

Phil, I have had the same CA experience in the past....more glue outside than in. My solution, after diggin' around in CBN, Stew Mac, etc, was to purchase some "water thin" CA. It's available from many sources. I bought some STARBOND brand EM-O2 in a small kit that included several small "hummingbird beak" nozzles which allow great control over the distribution of the CA. I recall it was @ $10 from Amazon. It is Very Thin! Good CA bond, easy to control and use. Don't squeeze the bottle, just let it flow. Good luck

Just to give a different view but more related to my full size guitars and refretting jobs.
I use glue for two reasons, one is to secure the fret better, the other to fill the void in the slot so I have a more solid a fretboard as I can get.

I do this by running a small bead of Titebond glue along the whole length of the fret tang, any ooze out onto the board is wiped with a water damped rag.
Cheers Taff

I have also read many tales of fret gluing on this site, but I have never needed to use glue. I just use a fret saw (stewmac) and hammer them or press them in place. Ive never had them fall out as they usually fit pretty snug in place. But if I did, perhaps I would do it after finishing the neck with tung oil, which may help removing the excess glue.



The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation?How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor


Recommended Links & Resources


Fret board Length

Started by Tim Castagnola in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Daniel Walter yesterday. 18 Replies

Internal resonator question.

Started by Paul Stephen Eklund in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Andries D. EKER on Monday. 13 Replies

VIDEO & PICS: Reso Bass by Jason Mills of Highwood Guitars

Started by Shane Speal in Feature Articles. Last reply by Timothy Hunter on Monday. 17 Replies

Neck length?

Started by John E Curley in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Christopher G Daniels on Monday. 10 Replies

Volume/tone knobs

Started by Brent Kasl in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by the anonymous pick on Monday. 1 Reply

VIDEO & PICS: Daniel Hulbert's Double Neck Ukulele

Started by Shane Speal in Feature Articles. Last reply by Rob Uker on Monday. 2 Replies

Blog Posts


Posted by Allen on January 12, 2019 at 11:47am 4 Comments

Homemade Cigar Box Guitar Pickups

Posted by BeetleJuice! on January 10, 2019 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

The long and winding road

Posted by Will Carter on December 28, 2018 at 8:35am 2 Comments

Latest Activity

Uncle John commented on cbgkent's video

How to build a cigar box diddley bow

"Diddleys are a good place to start building.  My two poor diddeys feel neglected.  …"
1 minute ago
Bob "Ambrose" Negus commented on Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson's video

Winter's Coming

"That tune and your evolving LPG sounded looked great! I like a bit of a "Dark Country"…"
3 minutes ago
Donkey commented on Will Carter's blog post The long and winding road
"There are few things more moving than a father-son story, and this one is no exception. Your story,…"
7 minutes ago
Bob "Ambrose" Negus liked Dennis "Denbo" Goodinson's video
9 minutes ago
Bob "Ambrose" Negus liked Uncle John's photo
20 minutes ago
Daniel Walter left a comment for Gerald Schwenke
"very pretty. like the saw cuts for frets. what's the scale length?"
27 minutes ago
Daniel Walter commented on Uncle John's video

Needed Time

"Too large I think. How do you and other folks record? I appreciate your comment(s) yesterday…"
32 minutes ago
Uncle John commented on Uncle John's video

Needed Time

"I'd like to hear it.  I don't know how to post from an I phone.   Some…"
39 minutes ago
Don Craig liked Rooster's photo
47 minutes ago
Don Craig liked Gerald Schwenke's photo
48 minutes ago
Don Craig liked Gerald Schwenke's photo
48 minutes ago
Don Craig liked Daniel Walter's photo
49 minutes ago



© 2019   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->