Well darn, this looks really nice in color :/
Added a quick wipe of linseed oil on the one against the gold colored fretwire. It will look stunning after about four more coats though. Have to wait until the neck is joined to the body so as not to contaminate e bond line.
Well, had to take half a step backwards after fretting the first neck do to two factors: I acquired fretwire in 8 foot rolls about 14 inches in diameter and I had chamfered the edge of my fretboard slots. It seemed both conspired to make my frets want to tip as they entered the slot.
Turns out I needed to fully seat one end and then with my small plastic dead-blow hammer work them from that end to the other taking care to not impress the fret excessively.
I set up my vice with suitable blocking including a narrow strip of oak that was the cutoff from the fretboards. Guess I should have taken a photo. Anyway, once I tapped one fret in about 80% or so I took it to the vice and pressed it in completely. It took some finesse but not so much that I felt the need to walk back into the house for my ant burner glasses.
I tapped then pressed each fret into place one at a time. If I loaded more then one the other would bounce out as I was tapping the next into the slot. Fun times
Once the frets are all in to my satisfaction I'll be working up the pegs or the neck to body blocking.
Way back in the back of my mind I've been contemplating a set of custom crafted machine heads out of aluminum using only the brass gears, cause I can't make them myself. Imagine something narrow and sleek but with a hint of old world: think antique aerospace.
I'm going to make pegs, the Boss reminded me of the limb from one of our crab apple trees that a moose had tore off last fall, think I'll take a look and see if it's suitable. I'll be counter boring the headstock from the back and placing plugs with parallel grain. At about a 20 deg (does that sound right?) angle so as to make the string angle/tension pull them tight. My first build has them 90 deg to the headstock and once they are loosened it takes some mindfulness while tuning so as not to have a spinner. It's important that the string is vary close to the headstock veneer to keep the angle sane; my Mk-I is not and will get a new set of string holes the next time I've unwound her. I think the hole should be no more then 5/16" off the veneer if not less.
Lunch is over and I've got other chores to attend to... of course after I buzz the strings for a few minutes.
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I hate sanding wood or anything else for that matter I just happen to be good at it...