I FINALLY GOT TO WORK AGAIN TODAY after a long lay-off from the workshop. I began putting the frets in the fretboards. Sorry for the long delay but curating a museum exhibition is a fascinating and time consuming challenge. I have buried myself in history as the exhibition opens on July 28th. Things are going very well but there is much yet to do. This afternoon I gave myself a little break and began putting frets in the concert fretboards. Here is the process.
Each fret is tapped in with the hammer and then placed in the press where it is set deeply into the fretslots with as much pressure as I can exert on the handle. When that is done I carefully look to see that the fret is entirely seated. Two frets are left out at this stage and holes drilled through the slots in the 1st and 13th slot through which a brad will be driven to properly align and hold the fret board exactly right during the glueing process which is coming up soon.
First you cut frets to the proper length, then a little glue to the tang and you gently tap them into the sawn grooves. In the background you see the press with the radiused press piece.