getting a fretless board smooth

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by uethanian, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. uethanian


    Mar 11, 2007
    i defretted a neck, and filled the slots with wood veneer and titebond. but after sanding, some of the veneers look like they have split, or have been dented or torn in the slot. this makes for some small dents and cracks that i want to fill once and for all. i want to avoid using superglue to fill, since i did that on a few and it stained the rosewood. i'm not looking for a hard epoxy type thing either, i want the board to be kept natural. can anyone recommend something?
  2. uethanian


    Mar 11, 2007
  3. woodfiller.
  4. flon_klar


    Feb 25, 2006
    Salt Lake City
    You might want to clean out the affected slots and put in new veneer. I use epoxy to glue in veneer when I fill slots because it fills up the gaps and cracks in the veneer better than wood glue, so they don't break when you sand.
  5. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    if the depressions are not very deep, get a sanding block and level the board down just a hair... problem solved!
  6. Georynn


    Dec 4, 2007
    Beat me to it...
  7. uethanian


    Mar 11, 2007
    they're deep enough to catch a fingernail...i dont think it would be worth the trouble to sand it down (plus it would probably create more of these annoying holes, since they're a result of sanding)

    the bad thing is, im pretty pleased otherwise with how it feels, so i dont want to do anything major. i'd use wood filler, but when i've used it before on a fretboard, it got chalky and came out during sanding. any suggestions?
  8. Arx


    Jan 22, 2008
    on mine I skipped the veneer completely and just filled the slots with bondo. Seems to be working great. You can't even feel the fretlines on the board.
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