SwedishLuthier Posted October 2, 2005 Report Share Posted October 2, 2005 (edited) I almost always bound my fret boards. Even when I make a Fender style fretboard, I split two small strips from the fretboard, taper the remains, cut the fret slots and glue the strips back. I find it much easier to refret bound fret boards and I think that the appearance is much neater without the fret slots visible from the side. Especially in this case, whit an almost invisible binding made from the same board as the rest of the fret board. Anyway I got tired of the problems with gluing bindings to the edge of a tapered fret board, so I made up this jig: http://photobucket.com/albums/b162/Swedish...tboardjigg1.jpg It’s quite primitive, but it’s only a prototype. The problem is that the prototype works so good that I’ve never got around making a better one… It’s a scrap wood base with a hard wood edge. I drilled some holes directly into the hardwood edge and threaded the wood to accept machine screws. The holes are positioned so they protrude directly above the base when engaged. I used threaded rod and made some (very rude) handles out of plywood to be able to turn the screws. I placed two pieces of strait oak into the jig, “resting” against the screws to spread the clamping power. And on top of all this I placed a piece of plexi to hold down the fret board. This is how I use the jig: 1 Adjust the inner oak strip to the fret board taper 2 Place waxed paper in the jig. 3 Apply glue on one edge of the fret board 4 Slide the fret board into the jig (glue side out) 5 Adjust the outer oak strip so that is a few mm away from the fret board. 6 Insert the binding 7 Tighten the screws some 8 Adjust the placement of the binding if it slips some by pushing down from above 9 Final tightening of the screws With the binding clamped you still have full access to the joint and it is no problem to use a tool to clean out the fret slots Anyone else made a jig like this, or has a better way of doing this job? PLS share Edited October 2, 2005 by SwedishLuthier Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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