Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Beate Ritzert » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:40 pm

Thanks.
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Beate Ritzert » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:02 am

It finally came out nearly invisible, even from closer than 2m:

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Thanks alot for the advice!
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Bryan Bear » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:45 am

Good news!
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Barry Daniels » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:50 pm

Give it a couple of weeks of playing in and it will be invisible. Nice job!
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Steven Smith » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:29 pm

Very nice work!
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Beate Ritzert » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:43 pm

Just another question: what if such a mistake would have occured in an instrument for sale (which is not the case here)?
What would the market demand / accept such repairs in new instruments (of course if the client had been told and given a suitable discount)?

To me that would be a target conflict between sustainability and "professional craftmanship".
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Steven Smith » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:34 pm

I have repaired a fret board on a commission (A5 mandolin) but the repair was absolutely invisible and that was my requirement. If the repair had been visible I was going to replace the fret board. I didn't ask the client.
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Beate Ritzert » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:48 pm

Well, the same neck: a nasty mistake while fitting it - the neck pocket was so tight that i did not fully see that misfit because the neck never was correctly in the pocket :-( The gap appeared to be a lot narrower as you can see from the slice of maple it dit already fit into the slot. And i should possibly not work at 3 o'clock in the night... And i needed to deepen the neck pocket a bit after sanding the body.

Anyway: the opposite side seems mostly "ok" although not "perfect".

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Well, as a repair i am considering filling all three sides with a narrow stripe of rosewood. Intentionally make a contrast. Or would You use maple or walnut for that?
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Carl Dickinson » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:40 pm

Use ebony to match fingerboard.
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Carl Dickinson » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:26 pm

Oops....fingerboard is rosewood. :oops:
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Chuck Tweedy » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:39 pm

i agree - use a dark wood to make the contrast - you can see how it would look in your photo where the shadow is acting as a dark line
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Beate Ritzert » Tue May 07, 2019 6:41 pm

What do you think of the following idea to hide the gap frm the back (where it is widest)?

Regarding the gaps on the sides. These are much more narrow. I am considering to do a very narrow inlay of, say 1.1-1.25 mm (< 1/20 in), but i am completely unsure on the best way to cut such a slot. The cutaway would enforce a cutting angle of about 45° if i used a large chisel. And my smallest chisel is 2 mm, so i need to buy something appropriate.

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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Barry Daniels » Tue May 07, 2019 8:43 pm

I like the back inlay. Looks intentional instead of corrective. Very creative.
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Re: Cutting fret slots failed. And now?

Postby Beate Ritzert » Wed May 08, 2019 6:39 am

Thanks.

The main reason why i did not just do it is the questions on tools and procedure for the slots on the sides, which need to be done first, see Image
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