Blog #36; Gluing the Fingerboard

Greetings from the Macica Workshop..  Well, we here in upstate New York, have had a mild winter thus far.  It is just now starting to get cold and show some snow.  I will admit though, that I have not minded winter taking its time to come.

As you know, last week we did the Bill Monroe Tribute at Caffe Lena and had a nice time reminiscing about Mr. Monroe and playing and listening to his music.  I appreciate all that came out for that.  It was a lot of fun.  I wanted to post some pictures, but lo and behold my cameras’ battery ran out after I had taken some video on it.  There was a very nice lady there that said she was going to send me the video/pics of what she took… so I will wait for those to arrive and then perhaps post on the Blog.

In the Workshop, I am gluing the fingerboard onto the next mandolin I have been working on.  I use pins to hold the fingerboard in place when I am gluing it.  I make a special flat board for clamping with, that is cut a little away to let the pine protrude.  I then hand drill the pine hole where the fret slots are.  After that, I clean up any glue overflow with my mini plane.  Now, I am ready to finish up the binding.  Until next time..

Martin

Clamping

Clamping

 

Wood for clamp

Wood for clamp

 

Cleaning up before Binding

Cleaning up before Binding

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