Question about gluing and/or radius sanding a fretboard

When/how do you glue the fretboard onto the neck?

  • as a blank

    Votes: 1 6.3%
  • as a slotted blank

    Votes: 8 50.0%
  • radiused, not fretted

    Votes: 1 6.3%
  • radiused and fretted

    Votes: 6 37.5%

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Jun 21, 2020
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Helsinki, Finland
I know that this is a really old thread, but I would still like to weigh in. I thought that my technique would be commonly used, but apparently it is not. I glue the tapered fretboard on the roughly sized neck blank and use it as a built-in router template. I run a ball-bearing router bit along the edge of the fretboard, et voila..there's a straight neck. Then I rout the binding channel, if desired.

Because the neck blank is still oversize at this point, I don't have to be paranoid about alignment. It has to match the headstock on one end, but that's it.

Edit: Just noticed Immortalx's post of a similar technique