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Thread: FAQ - Attaching the fretboard / fingerboard

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    Default FAQ - Attaching the fretboard / fingerboard

    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

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    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

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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!
    Chuck Moore
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moore Bettah Ukuleles View Post
    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.

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