For a change I turn to my piece of Gaboon Ebony from Africa. I use my drum sander to sand it perfectly flat on both side to 1/4″. I then attach it to my fret scale guide and insert it in my fret sawing jig. The guide stops at a special pin for each fret to make sure of perfect spacing – this is necessary for proper intonation.
After the fret kerfs are cut, I layout the pattern of the fretboard and draw it on the Ebony. Dan wants a bound fretboard so I will use Ebony binding. I considered a contrasting wood for the binding but I really feel Ebony will look the best. I then use the bandsaw to cut out the outline of the fretboard.
After sawing the outline (it is so close to the lines I even surprise myself), I use a good old fashioned block plane to shave off the lines.
After the fretboard is planed to size, I glue on the fretboard binding. First I drilled 2mm holes in one of the binding sides and inlaid mother-of-pearl dots as the side position markers. Next I applied glue to both binding strips and attached it to the fretboard and clamped it in my makeshift jig.
The glue will dry and cure in 24 hours so I leave it clamped overnight.