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Tips On Cutting A New Wenge Fingerboard

Discussion in 'Bass Hardware, Setup & Repair' started by Snuff, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. Snuff

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    Hello guys 1st post so thanks for having me.

    Long story short there was an incident involving a fingerboard and ive had to source a new one.
    Found the most amazing peice of wenge to use and grabbed it. Unfortunately it has the laminate down the centre and half of it isnt enough at it widest. Ive got 3 options:

    Two cuts down the centre, removing the laminate altogether then hoping the halves meet seamlessly with some intricate glueing or i dont really know what..

    Mask up both halves and stain the white laminate slightly darker reducing the contrast of white strip down the centre...

    Leave it as is and get over the white strip, cause itll still look great.

    Leaning toward the third option. If anything goes wrong i could end up having to buy more timber. And i havent seen anything as cool as this around. Plus at $160 the budget is already blown out, let alone buying another.
    Thoughts??

    Ive actually probably got enough to make two once i cut it lengthways. I might actually do two of the options then pick one.

    Also im just after some tips when im cutting/sanding etc. im already aware how the wenge likes to chip but is there anything else that might help?

    Cheers!
     

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  2. Hoggles

    Hoggles Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Welcome to good vibe zone, @Snuff

    Wow, lovely piece of Wenge. The more I look at it, that Maple (I'm guessing) stringer is pretty damn cool. Quite unique. I dunno, that might require some contemplation. I'd probably just leave it. It would stand out, that's for sure.

    I don't have any cutting tips, other than I've heard Wenge is one of those wood types that you really don't want to breathe in the dust, or get it in your eyes. Can be more irritating than others. So I've read.

    Other people here might have some cutting/hardware tips. Good luck and looking forward to seeing the end result! :)
     
  3. Snuff

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    Wow wenge is an absolute pleasure to work with I must say........
    Thats a joke, it is a real pain in the ass... I was sanding with 40 grit paper for nearly 2 solid days just to get it where it needed to be and that's not by hand that's a power sander..., ive worked with lots of timber but this stuff is brutally tough and unforgiving. But in saying, I would and will absolutely use it again because the results are amazing and the final satisfaction in making the whole thing from start to finish has given me inspiration to do more.
    I sawed the initial peice I had, long ways so I could get 2 fretboards from it then I masked up the whole peice with Frogtape to avoid splintering , which I did completely.
    I didn't have a radius sanding block so it was all done by eye and guesswork but it's nice and even and smooth and very close to 20deg that it needed to be.
    I sanded 40, 240, 320, 800, 1200, 2000 and I was gonna leave it in the natural colour but there was too much contrast between it and the flat black of the bass body so finished it off with a light polishing of black beeswax just to give it a slight tint but still have the beautiful grain show through .
    The picture on the green bin is before wax.
    More pics to come when fitted.
    What's best as far as glue goes?
     

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    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I would not use this as fb. It is flat sawn. The grain/veins will age differently than the rest, resulting in an uneven surface. For fb better use quartersawn wenge. Just my 2 cents
     
  5. Snuff

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    Thanks mate good info but it's gonna be going onto the bass and I guess time will tell, hopefully if it does happen to become uneven, a little more sanding to even it back up will do the trick.
    Will the wax preserve it any and somewhat slow the aging?
     
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