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erich@muttcrew.net
06-05-2010, 07:05 AM
I know this has been discussed in detail elsewhere, but I cannot for the life of me find the posts with the helpful tips on how to keep the fretboard from slipping when you glue it on.

We don't normally use fret markers at all, so the plastic pin method won't work. Actually I'm not sure how you would then fill the hole that goes all the way through the fretboard and into the neck, before you put the fret marker in - so that might be helpful for others.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Erich

bluesuke
06-05-2010, 07:43 AM
I drill a 1/16 hole in the fret board at the first and the eleventh fret in the slot and use 2 brads. The frets will cover the holes

wheelgunner
06-05-2010, 12:01 PM
Eric, I have used the plastic pin method by drilling blind holes (holes don't go all the way through) from the back side of the fret board. It's a pain to do but will work.

Ken W
06-05-2010, 12:17 PM
Another idea that I learned (I think) from Kathy Matsushita's website is to first fire two staples from a staple gun into the top of the neck then cut the flat part of the staples off so only a small sharp "brad" is sticking up. Carefully line up the finger board and then press it down onto these sharp staple points. Lift, apply glue, reposition, clamp, let dry. Those small points will keep the fingerboard form sliding once the glue is applied. I've tried this and it works.

Timbuck
06-05-2010, 12:26 PM
I don't drill or pin ..I just clamp it in the right position....same with the bridge...if you clamp lightly to start and it slides out of position, you can push it back into place with the fingers.."when happy with the setting|" clamp up tight...and Bob's yer' Uncle.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
06-05-2010, 01:31 PM
I used to ignore indexing the fret board for years until one of my finger boards with a complex inlay on it slipped unnoticed. It made a believer out of me and since have been using small brads as index pins. Try it and tell me if Fanny's not your aunt!

Michael N.
06-05-2010, 02:10 PM
I glue 4 small softwood tabs at the side of the fretboard, they overlap the actual neck and prevent movement across the neck. I also lightly glue a false nut in position. Works every time.

Flyfish57
06-05-2010, 04:49 PM
I do the staples as well, but I’m exploring other ideas. After several stitches and nerve damage in my thumb from removing a misaligned bridge, I index all my bridges and fretboards now.

ukulele-melee
06-05-2010, 05:04 PM
I've only built 3 ukes so far but on the 1st two I had a heck of a time with the fretboard sliding around. On #3 I went with the staple method from Kathy Matsushita's web site and it was just the ticket. She puts the staples in the fretboard, I split one trying that and put them in the neck instead which works wonders.

Timbuck
06-05-2010, 09:49 PM
I used to ignore indexing the fret board for years until one of my finger boards with a complex inlay on it slipped unnoticed. It made a believer out of me and since have been using small brads as index pins. Try it and tell me if Fanny's not your aunt!If I get round to doing it one day..as I know I should, co's they do slip about a bit..Your's is the method i'll use Chuck..We call "brads".."Panel Pins" in the UK. ( my Aunt's names were..Hope, Grace, Nellie, Jessie, Enid & Mary)..No Fanny's.. Honest.

Pete Howlett
06-05-2010, 11:05 PM
Watch one of my future build videos - it's all in the spreading of the glue...

Allen
06-06-2010, 11:10 AM
I'm processing 8 kits for a student class that I'm teaching in a months time. All the things that I do without thinking much have to be considered, and yesterday it was this very issue.

Using a Spanish heel with the 12th fret body join cleanly defined. I made a template of my finger board with it's exact dimensions and the 12th fret marked on the template and drilled two 4 mm holes in it that I used to drill blind holes in the back side of the fret board, and corresponding ones in the neck. Then just add some 4 mm dowel plugs to the neck and the finger board pops on in the exact position.

Might be more work for most who are just doing one or two builds occasionally, but when you want to make something fool proof for a bunch of students with no prior woodworking skills, and processing a lot of wood, then the time spent in making the jig/template is worth the trouble.

Sven
06-06-2010, 06:04 PM
Every time I put my brads in place I think of an old method I've heard about. It's just powdering a tiny amount of sand on the spreaded glue before clamping. But I've never tried it, just keep thinking I should. On scrap.

Sven

erich@muttcrew.net
06-07-2010, 03:22 AM
Watch one of my future build videos - it's all in the spreading of the glue...

Pete, we'll all look forward to seeing the video. If you could give a three-liner to pacify us till we get the good stuff, that would be much appreciated.

ecosteel
06-07-2010, 03:27 PM
Spread glue on fingerboard, place in position, blob of hot melt either end then clamp with slotted caul.

ksquine
06-08-2010, 09:01 AM
If it moves around that much you're probably using too much glue. I usually just wrap tape around the neck/fingerboard to keep it in place while I clamp. The 1/16 hole through a fret slot with brad is a good way too