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Time to dress those fret ends:

Yes, there are specific tools for this, but I just take a good quality flat file, hold it at an angle and run it back and forth across the ends of the frets until I I can no longer feel any sharp metal sticking out. Inspect the frets to make sure the bevel is consistent. The I repeat the process with 80 grit sandpaper, then all the way up to 320 so they're nice and smooth (keep checking). This metal dust is very abrasive and can easily scratch the fretboard. Use a vacuum cleaner to get the majority off, and a clean soft paintbrush to remove the rest.

So there we go - one neck ready for finishing. Unless like me you like to use oak, in which case you'll need to apply some grain filler so you can get a smooth finish.

I use Rustin's 'Natural' grain filler. You just mix it with white spirit or turps, then rub it in against the grain with you finger/a rag. After about 10 minutes rub any excess away but make sure the pores are still filled. Ideally it needs to dry and harden overnight. Then you can sand it all down again, starting with 120 grit. Joy!


Then you can apply whatever finish you prefer, and it will come out nice and smooth thanks to the grain filler closing up all the little pores in the wood.

Job done!

I hope this has been of some help.

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Comment by Richey Kay on July 26, 2014 at 4:24pm
No worries Rodney, have fun!
Comment by Rodney Olsen on July 26, 2014 at 2:42pm

Your instructions are jst what I needed to make the transition away from simple stick guitar necks. Thanks!

Comment by Richey Kay on July 25, 2014 at 12:59am

Not a problem Joe and Jerry, happy building!

Comment by Jerry Morey on July 24, 2014 at 1:46pm

Richey, thanks so much for posting these helpful pics. I just started my love affair with CBGs and your instructions have answered a boat load of questions I had. Can't wait to get started on my next try.

Comment by Joe Caruso on July 24, 2014 at 1:41pm

Richey, this is of great help. I've figured out the basic neck shape but always stumbled when it came to the heel and have avoided it - till now. Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Richey Kay on July 24, 2014 at 8:19am
My pleasure Boxy. I love doing these. The rasp had become one of my favourites, I would encourage you to give it a try!
Comment by Boxy Music on July 24, 2014 at 8:12am

Richey, this is top end stuff, it's great. I have made a bunch of instruments now but never had the bottle to rasp out the neck, but I think I will on this next one. Thanks for taking the time to post all this!

Comment by Richey Kay on July 23, 2014 at 11:35am
Cheers RTZ! ;-)
Comment by RTZGUITARS on July 23, 2014 at 11:20am

 your making it too easy for people. looks strong Good stuff man

Comment by Richey Kay on July 20, 2014 at 1:58am
Not a problem Glenn, and thanks for your comments. As I often say my favourite thing about this site and the larger maker movement in general is the willingness to openly and freely share ideas. More than happy to do what I can to contribute!

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