This afternoon it was time to recover from my careless mistake resulting in my having to cut off "journey's fret board. I needed to make another fretboard, and this time I decided to use a unique wood called Casuarina given me by my friend Jon Dale of Juniper Ukuleles. Pretty wood that he sources in Florida. Here I am thinning down the fret board and a piece for the bridge. I want them the same thickness.
Now it is time to cut the fret slots. The fretboard is seen with white double stick tape attached tight against the fret sled. The notch fit over the pin just barely visible in the sled.
Here it is, all cut. Now to taper it.
Here is the tapering jig. Now it is tapered.
Here is where it is supposed to go. A little more trim here and it will fit just right
Drilling holes for the marker dots. Boy, this Casuarina is harder than ebony. Tough to drill. It will never wear out as a fretboard.
Here we are with a new fretboard and bridge. When the Casuarina gets some finish on it I think it will blend nicely with the instrument. I am about recovered from my mistake of a few days ago. I think this is an improvement. All's well that ends well.