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Timbuck
12-14-2016, 01:28 AM
I'm doing a bit of restoration work on this Wendell Hall Banjo uke...the fret board has almost disintegrated...Its about 90 years old and the ebony fretboard has not had any oil treatment and it's so dry and brittle that it rubs off like charcoal ..it's only .050" thick just like a veneer...I'm in the process of making a new fretboard for it .. I managed to remove what's left of the old ebony board mostly by scraping and I'm in two minds whether to buy a strip of veneer ...or thickness sand one of my concert size blanks down to size...has anybody else done one of these.

lauburu
12-14-2016, 07:51 AM
I have an old no-name banjo uke with a similar type of fretboard where the veneer has worn through in a few spots. C F and G must have been the previous owner's favourite chords.
I'm looking forward to your solution and/or others' recommendations as it's likely to save me a whole lot of time. Thanks to all contributors in anticipation.
Miguel

Timbuck
12-15-2016, 06:32 AM
I did a bit of research on this banjo uke
And discovered that the fretboard was described as ebonised ? So whatever was put on the wood to make it black somehow rotted it over time.....anyway I made a new one out of real ebony...because the fretboard is so thin I've had to cut the fret slots by marking them out and cutting free hand onto the neck, not easy if you are out of practice, but it turned out not too bad in the end...
I'm waiting for a new set of MOP dots to arrive and then I'll put a couple of pics on the forum.

DPO
12-15-2016, 11:41 AM
I did a bit of research on this banjo uke
And discovered that the fretboard was described as ebonised ? So whatever was put on the wood to make it black somehow rotted it over time.....anyway I made a new one out of real ebony...because the fretboard is so thin I've had to cut the fret slots by marking them out and cutting free hand onto the neck, not easy if you are out of practice, but it turned out not too bad in the end...
I'm waiting for a new set of MOP dots to arrive and then I'll put a couple of pics on the forum.

I have restored a couple of these and am always amazed at how thin the fretboards are. Look forward to the finished photos.

Timbuck
12-15-2016, 12:50 PM
I have restored a couple of these and am always amazed at how thin the fretboards are. Look forward to the finished photos.
If we all made the fretboards like this we wouldn't be worried about the Cites carry on...I copy the early Martin size on my sopranos at only .090" thick..but I've noticed a lot of builders prefer them chunky at about .200" + ;)

DPO
12-15-2016, 01:11 PM
If we all made the fretboards like this we wouldn't be worried about the Cites carry on...I copy the early Martin size on my sopranos at only .090" thick..but I've noticed a lot of builders prefer them chunky at about .200" + ;)

What is 0.90 in mm? Am having a senior moment

Timbuck
12-15-2016, 01:37 PM
2 and bit..it's getting late here in the UK and I'm off to bed now;)

Timbuck
12-17-2016, 05:33 AM
Made the new fingerboard and reasembled the uke to test out the action and luckily it's spot on ;) ..it's now going back to the owner who is going to give the full beauty treatment...Ive noticed that one of the small slotted head screws on one of the tuning pegs is missing, I tried to find another in my box to replace it but no luck..Its thread size is .110" dia x 36TPI Not very common these days...after a search on the web I found a supplier "The American Screw Company" in Providence RI it was their product number 4 screw ..unfortunately the factory burned down in 1973.:( here is a pic of the factory.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/american%20screw_zpswyge2c0p.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/american%20screw_zpswyge2c0p.jpg.html)

And this is the vintage fret board copy I made.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0011_zpsp7jcd26z.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/PICT0011_zpsp7jcd26z.jpg.html)

DPO
12-17-2016, 10:11 AM
Made the new fingerboard and reasembled the uke to test out the action and luckily it's spot on ;) ..it's now going back to the owner who is going to give the full beauty treatment...Ive noticed that one of the small slotted head screws on one of the tuning pegs is missing, I tried to find another in my box to replace it but no luck..Its thread size is .110" dia x 36TPI Not very common these days...after a search on the web I found a supplier "The American Screw Company" in Providence RI it was their product number 4 screw ..unfortunately the factory burned down in 1973.:( here is a pic of the factory.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/american%20screw_zpswyge2c0p.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/american%20screw_zpswyge2c0p.jpg.html)

And this is the vintage fret board copy I made.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0011_zpsp7jcd26z.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/shiregreenbod/media/PICT0011_zpsp7jcd26z.jpg.html)

Nice job Ken.

Rrgramps
12-17-2016, 03:17 PM
Like it Ken!