Or fingerboard. Whichever you prefer. 😉
First the FB is milled from the raw stock (just like everything else). I’m making this one a little narrower than my previous MDs, at 1-3/8″ wide.
The nut and saddle slots are cut with a table saw. The nut slot is straight, the saddle slot has a 2 degree angle for compensation.
Next the fret locations are marked, and cut with a hand saw:
The frets are cut to length:
Then pressed into their slots:
Before they’re all pressed in, the 6th fret is marked with an abalone dot:
All the frets are in now.
Now some braces are glued onto the back, as well as the headstock and tailblock.
Then the braces are carved to a more or less triangular shape: