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Timbuck
06-13-2010, 04:39 AM
Just received a compliment on my fret dressing....I'm too embarrased to tell them how I do it...Co's I don't use a fret file...No masking off either .. and it only takes me about 2 min's to do it ;)..I'll just have to keep it a Trade Secret for now.:D

Doug
06-13-2010, 05:43 AM
AAwww. Come on.

Michael N.
06-13-2010, 06:57 AM
Sorry to have to tell you this. It will take you longer than any 2 minutes if you are doing it correctly.

dave g
06-13-2010, 08:05 AM
Sorry to have to tell you this. It will take you longer than any 2 minutes if you are doing it correctly.

Not the way Timbuck does things. Of course, he probably spent several days making a gizmo to do it :)

salukulady
06-13-2010, 08:15 AM
Is there a point to the op?

fahrner
06-13-2010, 09:38 AM
Maybe that was meant to be 'French dressing' with re-sawn salmon on the side?

Matt Clara
06-13-2010, 10:01 AM
Is there a point to the op?

Yeah, Timbuck, now you've gotta give up the trade secrets, or lose precious street cred.
;)

But seriously, I can't get myself to spend too much time on those frets, so it's on a need to know basis. As in, I need to know.
;);)

SweetWaterBlue
06-13-2010, 10:09 AM
I think you will find the answer here with pictures

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?31692-Crowning&p=389509#post389509

Timbuck
06-13-2010, 11:15 AM
:D Thats only for the crown (If needed) If I showed you how I do it, all the purists will give me a lot of flack (which I can't handle)..but "the proof of the pudding is in the eating" i've turned out the last 60 ukes done this way with no complaints at all...it's all down to basic industrial deburing techniques when you think about it...You just have to make it feel smooth when your hand runs down the edge...(There's no need to make each fret end to be ball shaped)

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
06-13-2010, 11:17 AM
OK Timbuck, let them know where to send the check.

Kekani
06-13-2010, 12:00 PM
Is there a point to the op?

Everyone knows about the time frame it takes and the "allure" of even the term "fret dressing". Let me take that back, in the builder's community, we all know about fret dressing, and how long it takes. We also know about how Ken goes about his process, and he's just sharing his thoughts and support of the right tools for the job. . .

That's how I take it, and appreciate it.

Aaron

funaddict
06-14-2010, 07:42 PM
"it's all down to basic industrial deburing techniques..."

Oh yeah, Silly me! I forgot about that Basic Industrial De-Burring Techniques class I had in the 8th grade. I think it was in between Algebra I and Biology!