After filing and sandpaper I find frets still a bit sharp. Would using a piece of leather help dull the frets sharpness. I know leather is used like a strop to actually sharpen blades but maybe it could work by pressing in like sandpaper ? Haven't tried steel wool yet but maybe that's help

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Use one of the sponge block sanding blocks from Home Depot, and run it up and down the edge of the fretboard a few times and it removes any fine burrs that remain after sanding.

Thanks Dan,
Ive done that and the burrs are gone from doing as you say...it's seems sharp somehow just at the top edge of fret . I've shaped the frets best I can at an angle with files(little set from HF) but it could be my technique that's off andi improper files. The frets are not terribly sharp just not smooth as I'd like. I still haven't tried steel wool but I have used some fine sandpaper as you mentioned.

Try an emery board as used for womens finger nail filing.

They come in degrees of grit (often double sided) and are flexible. 

Leather by itself won't work, razor strops are impregnated with rouge.

Use fine sand paper, something like 800 grit wet/dry, folded a couple of times for stiffness and just gently buff the fret ends until they feel smooth. Be careful not to hit the wood cause even that fine of a grit will scuff the finish.You will get some black dust from the nickel frets but it will come off of a finished fret board and neck.

Besides if you do scuff the wood a bit, what the heck, it's just adds to the character anyway so relax and enjoy the process of finishing your build.


Thank you. I appreciate all the help.
Yep

I've see folks use painters tape to protect a fretboard when finishing frets up.

A flat needle file wil accurately round off the burrs - use a yellow duster to test for any snags (-:

I get snags ...I've used a variety of ideas presented here. Perhaps I need to file or sand much much more aggressively. Obviously not doing something right..part of issue is I finished with minwax prior to fretting as the guitar was not intended originally for frets.
Well most folks would recommend putting a finish on before adding frets anyway...
Dressing fret ends shouldn't be causing too much trouble. Just run a flat file back and forth on each side at a slight angle to get a bevel on the ends, make sure there aren't any pointy bits at the sides then move on to 80 grit paper, then repeat the same process. Do the same with 120 and 180 and you're golden. No need to do one fret at a time. Remember to use a vacuum cleaner to get the dust off as it's very abrasive.
You can do it man!
I will as I already been at it a while. I guess this would be the learning curve! Thanks man. I'll get it eventually and post it on here. Once again thank you
I'm not so sure about that Ritchie, every neck that I've seen with a finish on the fingerboard (fender, rickenbacker & clones) the finish goes on over frets and all..

How are you gonna keep the finish out of the fret slots if you wanna tap em in afterwards?? :)

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