Gourd Banjo

Finish II

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When I last left my banjo I had planed down the neck and stained it. Now I must refinish the fingerboard. Here is it on the bench, ready to go.


After one coat of Tru-Oil it looks like this.


It's looking good. While the finish was drying, I notched the new bridge. I marked off the location of the string notches using the old bridge as a template.


I stuck the bridge in my vise and notched the locations using my triangular needle file.


After starting the notches with the file I finished them off using my shop knife. Here is the front of the bridge after I have finished.


Here is the back of the bridge. If you look closely you can see that I have carved the notches on the outside ends of the bridge to allow the strings to slant toward the tailpiece without coming out of the notch.


I went back to the neck and put on another coat. I did not take another photo because it doesn't look much different. I also touched up some parts of the finish that got messed up when I clamped it. That's it. Next time I will put it back together again and see if I have fixed the buzzing problem.

I only spent an hour on this step. Most of the time was spent waiting for the finish to dry.

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