Fret Position Markers
I've chosen a black abalone dot for the maple fret board on the purple heart Firebird neck and white for the Pau Ferro fretboard of the headless neck. And, yes, I did offset the dots to the bass side of the neck. No real reason for doing this, it's just a personal preference. I superglue the dots in place, leaving a slight bit of the dots elevated over the fret board. This will be sanded down when I radius the fret board.
Fret Board Radius
Because of the arch of the radius block more wood gets sanded away on the sides than in the center. The pencil line that I put down the center of the neck for measuring the placement of the dots comes in especially handy here. I'll know that I've sanded down far enough once that line starts to fade and disappear.
This is a fairly labor intensive workout and I need to be careful not to rush the job. I first start with 80 grit sand and use that to take off most of the wood. Once the center line starts to disappear, I slowly move up in grit - 120, 220 and finally 320.
In the bottom three photos, I've cleaned the fret board with mineral spirits to remove the dust and help make the grain jump out.
Next up for these two neck will be to drill the holes for the side dots. Then I'll be ready to start shaping the profile.
Before I get to that I will run the one-piece neck through this same process above. But I'll need to acquire some new white abalone dots first.