Finger board thickness

AstroEd42

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Hello
I’m a new builder, and I’m doing a Tenor ukulele. Can anyone tell me what the fingerboard thickness should be?
Thank you
Ed
 
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Mine are usually between 5/32” and 3/16”, but keep in mind this needs to be coordinated with the neck thickness.
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It will also depend on the wood. Ebony is quite dense so an ebony fingerboard will be heavier at same thickness than those before made of most other materials. I found this very noticeable when I visited the KoAloha factory and they had piles of koa and ebony fingerboards side by side.
 

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Hello
I’m a new builder, and I’m doing a Tenor ukulele. Can anyone tell me what the fingerboard thickness should be?
Thank you
Ed

I never thought the thickness of the fretboard was particularly important. Now the thickness of the neck + the fretboard - that is important. Keep in mind that the thickness of the fretboard has nothing to do with the height of the action. That is set by nut/saddle height. My fretboards are about a 1/4 thick or 6+ mm. After a little sanding a bit less than that.
 

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Thank you all for your responses. Now I can go forward. One of the ones I purchased is 6.4 mm, I’ll go with that.
Thanks again
Ed
 

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I would not use one that thick if I wanted to maintain a 15mm thick neck at the first fret it would make the neck very weak at the nut at 8.6mm. I took these dimensions from a genuine 30s Martin Concert showing the fretbord at .115 inch thick = 2.9mm for a tenor I would go for 3.25mm at the very most
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A very good point Timbuck. On the 2 plans I have, which seem to scale accurately, it measures about 4 mm, so 3.25 would be close. I was afraid that too thin, but I guess not. Thanks loads for the info.����
Stay safe
Ed
 

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I looked at another site and discovered that Gibson guitar fretboards with a radius are approximately 6mm at the centre.
 

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I only build with a compound radius on all fret boards. They are 5mm thick at their hights point in the centre of the board.
 

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Thank you all very much for your responses. I will be working on the neck and fret board later next week. My ticker is giving me a hard time. Only running on 3 cylinders. Just have to take it easy for awhile.
Regards
Ed