I had made fingerboards from the past when I was young.
Due to cheap woodglue I own, 8/10 of my boards turned soggy from age or bad from improper mold clamping
I no longer own any veneers and furniture shops in my country stopped supplying thin veneers for boards.
I guess it's the end of my fingerboarding line but don't want to stop just yet.
I've recently obtained some light CA glue and see what results I could get but surprisingly it recovers the pops it once had.
Pops no longer feel organic like some wooden fingerboard. Adding CA glue turns it closer to what Tech Deck feels like.
Step 1: Parts You Need:
-light CA glue (basically crynoacrylate glue or some call it superglue) (just get the type that flows well)
-bare non lacquered fingerboard
-80 and 200 grit sandpaper
-some thin wires to hold your board
-a hobby screwdriver drill with fine drill bit
Step 2: What to Do:
I gotta say there isn't much steps to do.
Once you got the fingerboard ready for treatment, just soak the board with lots of CA glue.
And that's it. Let it harden and you're done.
Just smooth it out with 200 grit sandpaper if you preferred a cleaner look
If your fingerboard had clearcoat or lacquer you might need to sand it off with 80 grit first and clean things up till you meet the grains of the wood.
-Start gluing from the sides and clamp it down again if your wood plies are splitting.
-You might need to re-drill holes if glue gets caught in it. Just poke with a needle before it dries
-If your holes are sealed tight shut, I suggest drilling it slowly with a handheld hobby screwdriver drill. Drilling with a common drill will cause the wood to split and chip off as the CA glue has bonded tightly with the wood
-I suggest being really generous with the CA glue to ensure it soaked well into the wood grains before the outer layer dries off. Leave a thick layer of glue on the board and keep it wet for more than 2 minutes or more. Sand the excess later.
Step 3: Try Not to Get Your Fingers Stuck Together
That's it. Working with CA glue is my final option to continue my wooden fingerboard hobby.
It's up to you to coat it with clear spray or lacquer. I find CA glue is shiny enough to protect the board.
I regret not taking much pictures as CA glue dries within seconds and I ran out of veneer to make more.
I need to mention that CA glue is not a replacement over good wood glue for making fingerboards. Just as a repair solution.
Happy fixing and play safe with CA glue. You still need your fingers for fingerboarding