Hi folks,

I am looking to step up my game a bit and have started integrating a separate fretboard into my last three builds. It has helped immensely to straighten the neck and it also improves the action at the same time. Win-Win!!

But... finding appropriate woods is not all that easy, even in Toronto. Or maybe I am not looking in the right places. So I thought I'd ask.

So far I have been using 0.25" x 1.5" oak boards from Home Depot; these definitely work but the grain is a bit loose and I would like to explore other options if possible.

I have a tablesaw and a belt sander but I'd rather work with finished woods if possible so as to keep the build time reasonable. I am hoping to build up some inventory over the winter and take a bunch of these to some festivals over the summer, I think they'd be popular, and I have fun building them as well.

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That guy has some really nice items. Any idea where in ON he's located?

not sure, but you can always ask...the listing will have a place to contact the seller

bezdez   is  up  by  sudbury.  in  " chelmsford  ontario"

OK, got my Bezdez  rosewood in the mail recently... It's a lot rougher than I had anticipated. What's the typical method for finishing these to make a fretboard? Belt sander? (got one)  Planer?  (not)

The picture looks like the rosewood is pale, but I use them, and they finish dark and nice.

How do you finish these, by sanding or planing?

both planing & sanding

i live  in a smaller    town  ,,  lol  we  used to  have 5   lumber   yard / stores  ..   only have 2  now  . 

Home Depot  is about  my only choice for   f boards   when i  need that type  .  if you  find the oak     too loose  ,  try the   poplar .  we are  lucky  out  here  in  canada   , and get the good  poplar  ,  not  mostly  green ,yellow  pissy  stuff  like the states   get alot of  . 

;-)

I wouldn't have thought poplar durable enough, but I just might give it a try, thanks.

I find poplar a real pain to finish. It keeps sending up hairs. I have been using 1/4" oak stock from Lowes. I get the darkest ones I can find, sand them down to 400 grit and then give them many coats of mineral oil. Working with some rosewood sure would be nice though.

i think  the poplar  is easier to work  with  than   the porkupine  oak  ,

 and    nothing a light sanding  doesnt take care of  after the first  coat  .

you can even leave  it  after    lightly sanding the  first  coat  for that rustic   look  . .

 

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