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Can anybody Radius a 3.75" Ebony fingerboard?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tjclem, Aug 11, 2005.


  1. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    :help: LMI won't do it. :spit:
     
  2. gfried84

    gfried84 Commercial User

    May 7, 2005
    Owner Fried Guitars Inc.
    get a radius block from stew mac and put some work into it. thats how i do it
     
  3. nateo

    nateo Schubie Fan #1

    Mar 2, 2003
    Ottawa, Ontario
    I'm just finishing up a 3" radius on a birdseye maple fingerboard. Let me just say that it's a whole lot of work on maple, and ebony would be even more. I think the best results come from a radiused block and a whole lot of elbow grease, but I built a router jig to do it that worked to a point. Of course, it also gave me a whole lot of grief and I still have to put in a number of hours with the block and sandpaper, so I can't call it a complete success.

    -Nate
     
  4. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    "get a radius block from stew mac and put some work into it. thats how i do it"

    With a board that wide?... :eyebrow:
     
  5. Hey Nateo, I think the guy is talking about a 3.75" wide board.

    If it is then a radiused block like Stew-Mac sells is gonna be weird, but workable as it is not that wide. I would make my own radiusing board, but probably I'd try to rig up a jig to do it with a router. Something like Nateo built. At least to get it roughly to shape anyway.
     
  6. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

    I was picturing a 3.75" RADIUS!!!!! My bad.
     
  7. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    I got a couple of 4" wide radius blocks from a luthier supply in Georgia, John Marshall, I think, he was very cool to deal with, and they only took about a week to get. Custom made, about $40-ish for the pair, IIRC...he sells on ebay a lot as well. Just email him, he'll make them that wide. I just looked on ebay, he has a set on there right now.

    Wide Radius Blocks
     
  8. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    A radiusung jig for the router would save time, and sweat.

    ref Martin Koch/JP/Hambone's jigs (same principle)
     
  9. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    thanks but I don't want to make a jig just to do 1 fingerboard.t
     
  10. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Check that link in my post up above.
     
  11. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    I just clicked it, and it took me right in... :confused:
     
  12. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    :D

    You beat me to it, it took a couple of more tries and the link worked.

    :)
     
  13. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    thanks but I would like longer than 5" if I was to buy them, and I am hoping somebody here has the jig to do it.
     
  14. nateo

    nateo Schubie Fan #1

    Mar 2, 2003
    Ottawa, Ontario
    PM sent.

    -Nate
     
  15. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Just email him and specify what you need, I'm sure he'll accomodate you.
     
  16. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    PM back to you Nate :D