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by David P. Wescott
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My wife, the Luthier

Creation of the "Model" that should've been....

Back from paint - ready for the final fretwork

I did the fretwork yesterday and that was going to be it for the updates, but... I had a little change of plan and I think I might be making something else for it... so much for this being the last update lol!

While I realize my pics aren't going to show everything, cut me a break as fretwork is tedious and sometimes I just forgot to take the damn pics - lol!

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Here's the fretboard as it looked when arrived from Mark. A very nice line with a little bit of the clear going over the binding for me to clean up in this stage.

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Yep, Mark knew exactly what I wanted...

 

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Just a quick shot to show you how I check to make sure the neck was straight (I was checking against the board, not the frets).

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I made some covers to protect the finish...

 

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....and used a marker to blacken the fret tops to make it easy to see exactly where I was hitting.

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Pretty easy to see, eh?

 

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After getting everything to a nice even leveling, I shaped the frets with this tool from Stew-mac that makes this step soooo easy! Frets are still looking rough...

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...so I used 320 grit and smoothed them all out just taking my time and watching that I don't take off from the "crest" of the fret. Here's after smoothing with the 320 grit.

 

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More frets shaped and sanded.

 

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Now on to polishing! The variable speed dremel and the remote attachment is a wonderful tool, no??

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Gettin' shiny!

 

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Now to pull the tape and clean up that fretboard - first we file...

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...then we scrape the binding.

 

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Ooooohhh, how perty.....lol!!!

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Close-up.

 

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Again, please keep in mind this is not a tutorial as I skipped a few steps in the pics like doing the fallaway for the upper frets, etc....

Buy a fret book to learn all about it!!

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