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Ok...after another long break, it's time to see if I can get this baby finished! I got my fret wire bent and all the frets cut to rough size. I'm waiting on a fret tang nipper before I go any farther with the fretting. I also went back to work on my individual bridge pieces. I'm getting all the holes drilled and tapped (I hate tapping tiny 4-40 screw holes).

Next I need to drill and recess my control holes. Then a little finish sanding and the body should be ready for finish!

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Did some more machining on my custom bridge pieces. All the holes are drilled, tapped and countersunk.

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Also playing around with the new camera. I'm trying to figure out how to take good pics. :D

I also made a jig for removing the fret tang for bound fingerboards.

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This is my interpretation of the LMII jig. You slide the fret into the slot and tighten the bottom screw finger tight. This holds the fret securely. Then, with a few strokes of a file, you end up with a cleanly removed fret tang.

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You file down until the file hits on the shoulder bolts. At this point the tang is nice and flush. I was thinking the shoulder bolts would be much harder than they are. If you look closely you can see that the file is wearing on the top of them. I will have to rework this and replace the shoulder bolts with some hardened steel. This set up should get me throught this fret job though.

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Maybe machining a roller system so the file causes the rests to revolve rather than filing them.

I looked at a roller system, but I was trying to keep things as simple as possible. I will make some stop blocks and harden them That will take care of the problem.

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