Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ukulele Build Part 6

Tonight was fret installation night. The fret wire was cut to be a little wider than the fingerboard width.  Because the finger baord has a binding on it, the fret wire needed to be under cut on the ends to allow it to hang over the binding material.  A Stewart Mac fret nipper worked well for this and a fine file was used to clean up any remaining tang.

A fret hammer was used to seat the wire and a fret leveler was used to make the fret edges even with the binding as well as create the 30 degree beveled profile on the edge.  A fine file was used to dress the fret edges and the fret crowns will be leveled on the uke since there might be changes to the flatness of the fret board once it is mounted.

Here is a photo of one of the mother of pearl palm trees for the head stock.

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