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Rubber band clamps and finger boards

 
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tnt



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:12 am    Post subject: Rubber band clamps and finger boards Reply with quote

going to use those long stew mac rubber bands to clamp a finger board on - and it seems to me I did this a while ago, but there is one thing I can't remember.....

How flush do I need to trim the finger board first? I usually glue the fingerboard on and then rout it flush. Will it be a problem with the bands if there is a 1/4" of wast on each side of the finger board?

Like I said, I think I did this a while ago, but it's been a while and I can't find any pics of it. I think in theory is should be fine - the band is contracting in toward the center, right? But any thoughts would be appreciated.

(Also, what's with the photo bucket message in my avi?)
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ghobii



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually use the rubber band method, but every fretboard I've glued has already been the correct size. I think, I would play it safe and put a couple locater pins in. Just hammer in some small brads, and snip off the heads.
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tnt



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ghobii wrote:
I usually use the rubber band method, but every fretboard I've glued has already been the correct size. I think, I would play it safe and put a couple locater pins in. Just hammer in some small brads, and snip off the heads.


Yep - that's what I do even with clamps.

Maybe I should just be cutting these to size? I guess it always seemed daunting to get it exactly right, but I could clamp and rout it dry I guess....or double sided tape....but I worry about cracking the board - jointer's tape is so strong....

How do you make the board a perfect match for the neck?
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Joe Desperado



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trim close to the line. Glue on. Flush route with pattern bit.
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tnt



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe Desperado wrote:
Trim close to the line. Glue on. Flush route with pattern bit.


With rubber band clap, yes?

Thanks everyone.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tnt wrote:


How do you make the board a perfect match for the neck?


Everything I've done has been repairs, or in the case of my latest build, cut with a CNC.
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