Jump to content

Inlay Leveling Opinions?


Recommended Posts

Hi all, new to the board...

I'm doing my first ever inlay project - a vine inlay on a pre-slotted, compound radius brazilian rosewood fretboard.

Am I better off buying three or four radius sanding blocks to do the leveling or can I do a good job with a leveling file?

Thanks for your input.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi all, new to the board...

I'm doing my first ever inlay project - a vine inlay on a pre-slotted, compound radius brazilian rosewood fretboard.

Am I better off buying three or four radius sanding blocks to do the leveling or can I do a good job with a leveling file?

Thanks for your input.

I would think you might want to get a radius blocks so the inlay has the same radius as the fretboard.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's a Warmoth, 10" to 16".

Stew-Mac recommends switching to different radius blocks as you work your way up the board. Makes sense, but that's a $65 investment, plus the 3M Stik-It sandpaper isn't cheap. But I suppose they would be handy for leveling the frets, too.

I have Larry Robinson's book, and he uses a flat sanding block. But he's a pro...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Seconded.

Use a long sanding block (actually an 18" carpenters level) with 80 grit on oneside and 150 on the other to level my fretboards, then switch to a 6" level with 220, 400, and 600 paper to smooth it. If the mood strikes me I take it to 800 then buff with by hand with the back of a sheet of sandpaper.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...