September 5, 2009

After buffing and installing the tuning machines, I dry fit the neck onto the body to score the top where the fretboard meets the top.  I will use this score mark as a guide to remove the lacquer to allow gluing the fretboard to the top.


After scoring and removing the neck, I masked just outside of the score mark and applied lacquer stripper.  3 applications were necessary to fully free the lacquer, which I scraped using a 1/2″ vertical chisel.


Once the stripper/lacquer was fully removed and washed with water, I applied glue to the top, slipped on the neck, tightened the neck bolts and clamped the fretboard.  This will sit for several hours before moving on to the bridge install.