refretting a bound fingerboard
The frets are carefully removed using tile-snips. The outer surface of the jaws have been ground to provide a sharp edge in order to get under the crown. Squeezing the wedge shaped jaws lifts the fret out of its slot. Pressing down while squeezing protects the fingerboard from chipping. This procedure is done in small increments along the length of the fret.
Leveling (not flattening) of the fingerboard is done with 220,320 and 400 sandpaper taped to a level block of mohogany (visible in the background). The objective is to restore a level line between the surfaces that support the frets removing no more material than is necessary. The area between the frets is of less concern along with the degree to which the divots are reduced. The truss rod has been previously adjusted to provide as level a surface as possible.