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Timbuck
06-21-2018, 02:25 AM
Nothing technical here, just fretboards clamped on with sugical rubber tubing..I've done it this way for years without any problems.;)
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Titchtheclown
06-21-2018, 04:18 AM
I do pretty much the same thing only I use an old bicycle inner tube cut into strips. Not because they're better or anything I just had an old bicycle inner tube laying around my shed.

hoji
06-21-2018, 04:27 AM
Noticed you have the frets installed prior to gluing down. The time I've tries this, the fretboard swelled up from the glue and cupped (in the bad direction), presumably due to the frets preventing the top side from expanding as much as the bottom side. And ended up getting gaps.

mmn
06-21-2018, 06:08 AM
Nothing technical here, just fretboards clamped on with sugical rubber tubing..I've done it this way for years without any problems.;)
The fret boards look like purple heart? I used that for the fret board on a base I built several years ago. Very stable and quite attractive.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
06-21-2018, 07:40 AM
The fret boards look like purple heart? I used that for the fret board on a base I built several years ago. Very stable and quite attractive.

EI rosewood perhaps.

Dusepo
06-21-2018, 09:49 AM
From the title I thought you were trying 'bog oak'.

DPO
06-21-2018, 02:50 PM
I do pretty much the same thing only I use an old bicycle inner tube cut into strips. Not because they're better or anything I just had an old bicycle inner tube laying around my shed.

Me too works a treat.

Diogenes Blue
06-21-2018, 03:49 PM
I use pallet bands. I also use a couple of small brad nails snipped to a sharp point to keep the fretboard locked in place while the glue dries. This method is a lot more effective and efficient than it might seem, and it's easy to do multiple glue-ups at a time. Anyone reading this post should give it a try if they haven't already.

Timbuck
06-22-2018, 02:55 AM
EI rosewood perhaps.

Yup! Chuck East Indian Rosewood.....Good to see you back showing interest in Uke building again...Hope you don't struggle getting back into the rhythm of building like I do when I've had a lay off ;)

Michael N.
06-23-2018, 07:29 AM
Noticed you have the frets installed prior to gluing down. The time I've tries this, the fretboard swelled up from the glue and cupped (in the bad direction), presumably due to the frets preventing the top side from expanding as much as the bottom side. And ended up getting gaps.

Dampen the upper side (prior to gluing) to counteract the cupping.

Timbuck
06-23-2018, 12:51 PM
Dampen the upper side (prior to gluing) to counteract the cupping.

Or use non water based glue...Epoxy perhaps :)

mmn
06-24-2018, 03:33 AM
Or use non water based glue...Epoxy perhaps :)

He, or someone else, may need to remove it at some point.

I would recommend Titebond or hide glue. I've always glued the slotted fretboard on first and then the frets, but I've only built guitars. Maybe uke builders do it differently due to the thing being more fragile?

Timbuck
06-24-2018, 04:52 AM
He, or someone else, may need to remove it at some point.

I would recommend Titebond or hide glue. I've always glued the slotted fretboard on first and then the frets, but I've only built guitars. Maybe uke builders do it differently due to the thing being more fragile?
I said that co's it's what Rick Turner uses on his instruments..
..I myself use Titebond.

Here is an interest thread on the subject, http://www.anzlf.com/viewtopic.php?t=395

jcalkin
06-24-2018, 05:10 AM
I used to use 5 minute epoxy to glue on fingerboards, but sometimes I can't work that fast. Now I use 1/2 hour epoxy. No problem getting it back off if necessary. I put a thick caul on top to make sure the neck stays flat until the glue cures.

saltytri
06-24-2018, 07:55 AM
Dampen the upper side (prior to gluing) to counteract the cupping.

Or use epoxy.

hoji
06-25-2018, 01:15 AM
Dampen the upper side (prior to gluing) to counteract the cupping.

Good idea. I'll give it a try. It's scary pounding those last frets in over the body. And I'm "hide glue only"... due to some mental issue.