Monday, July 27, 2009

Fretboard Completed

Here are some shots of the completed fingerboard which I've slotted, inlayed and bound.

The benefit of some years of experience is that I've come to recognise and accept my own limitations. A more ambitious inlay design would in all likelihood stretch my patience and there's every chance I'd put off completing the job. The other advantage of a simple inlay design is that it looks so darn good, at least to my eyes! Less is more as they say.

The edges of the fingerboard are bound with black and white veneers and a 1mm outer layer of koa. Once the fingerboard was bound, I ran it past an upturned spiral downcut router bit to form a rebate along the edge that will adjoin the neck shaft. Black and white purflings were then glued into this ledge.