Today I worked on the frets. First I cut the remaining frets from yesterday rawly to length. Second I finecut, if necessary and rounded the edges. As a bloody beginner I did this as I thought it would work best. Instead of first glue the frets in I sculpted the fret-edges, while the single fret was locked in a vice. I did it this way, because I was afraid to damage the fretboard, when working on the frets. Second I know, that you have to cover the whole neck with scratch-tape before you can work on installed frets. Otherwise the metal-dust would pollute your fretboard and a maple-fretboard is very talented in collecting all dirt from the working-place.
I worked just randomly on the fret-edges, not following a Youtube-tutorial or other advices. I used first a big file and removed the spikes in a ninety degree-angle at both ends of the fret. Second I used the big file again to file a slight angle freehand. Third I used a little file to remove the spikes at the base of the single fret, where the other file was too big. Fourth I used sanding paper to polish the edge. Fifth I used my fingertips to control the result. Before I was afraid of this work, because I use stainless steel-frets, but my tools had no problem to remove material and all in all the work went on easier than expected. But executing the whole procedure on twenty-three frets is still time-consuming.
As a little bonus for my patient readers I have uploaded a little video on Youtube showing my unprofessional filing-job.
Unfortunately I have not purchased enough fretwire, so the 24th fret is still missing, but I have already ordered it.
I am satisfied with my building day so far and could make a big step forward.
Outlook: Tomorrow I want to control the position of one fret, because I thought today, that it looks a bit slanted, though I want to have straight frets. If everything looks fine I will glue in the frets. Because of the wide fret-slots I plan to use superglue and additionally a bit Pattex or Wood-filler, if I can see gaps on the sides of the fretboard. I read, that some people let flow superglue from one gap to the gap on the opposite side. Then I would use the Aluminium-bar with sanding paper to smooth the edges of the frets furthermore and get them hopefully to the same form.
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