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Hiscock says in his book that he levels and crowns frets after finishing a set neck guitar so the mess it makes won't get into bare wood.

What is your preferred sequence once the guitar is assembled and fretted - finish and then level/crown or the other way around?

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I do the fine fretwork after finishing. Fine steel dust WILL and CAN discolor a bare maple (or other) neck. If you are filing / sanding frets keep it clean along the way and make sure you wash your hands before handling the back of the neck. Of course, either way you will have the fretboard wood well masked over. The object of the game is to not touch wood. :D For poly-finish on a maple fb I make sure its well cured before taping.

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