Today I installed the fret markers. I’ve been trying fewer and more substantive posts. While installing the fret markers is a relatively small job, it’s the last stage before the next big job; the neck carve. So, I started by carefully measuring and quadruple-verifying my measurements. Why? Well this is an easy job that’s really embarrassing and painfully obvious when you screw up. I should know; I’ve drilled a fret dot hole in the wrong place before. Anyway, once I marked my holes, I hit it with the drill press: Then, I cut the fret dots from 3/8” aluminum bar stock. I cut them with a hacksaw. By the way, it was cheapest to buy a 10’ length. VC Metals charges by the cut, so no cuts = less money. I cut my roughly 1/32” - 1/16” thick. That pretty much leaves me with lifetime supply of fret markers. After that, I glued each marker in with a dab of CA glue and filed them down with a mill bastard. It’s important to vacuum the aluminum dust away. Once I finished that, I lightly sanded the whole fretboard with 220. Some thoughts: I love the look of padauk. I know it will darken, but even then the color is fantastic. That being said, I have a little fantasy about using domestically produced materials, and African hardwoods are a long way from being domestically produced. We have some beautiful woods here in North America, but choices for fretboard materials is limited. Maple is great, walnut is rumored to work and we do have some nice synthetic materials available. I have yet to be impressed by the color of any roasted maple fretboard I have seen. And for me, synthetics and torrefied woods are still pretty expensive. I’m not complaining, but rather I’m hoping that some of these newer products become something I would like to use in the future. If anyone here has any good pictures of their roasted maple fretboards, by all means, please post them - I’m looking for inspiration! I’m digging the look of these oversized aluminum markers! Once I polish them up, I think the contrast will be amazing. The funny part is, I first started using 3/8” markers when I botched the job of drilling a hole for a 3/16” marker. Now, the smaller markers look weird to me.