A Jedi Builds Their Own Yesterday was fret leveling day I had looked forward to this day, until I started grinding frets, and grinding frets, and grinding frets. I followed a couple tutorials on fret leveling, one by Ron Kirn, and another by Liutaio Mottola. Both are great reads if you are interested in doing work best left to professionals. I had let my neck sit a couple days after the last application of tru-oil. I then masked the fingerboard with regular masking tape. Its been a while since I have completed a task of which I felt qualified to perform. Applying masking tape that is. I got to do this in the comfort of my living room while watching Return of the Jedi Next, I adjusted the truss rod to level the frets as much as possible. I used my sanding beam (Fretguru 16" sanding beam) and feeler gauges (OEM tools 25025 26 blade) to check for gaps. The neck has been very stable, so I've never needed to snug up the adjuster nut till now. I turned the nut in 1/4 turn increments about 1 1/2 turns to get the frets within 0.008" of level. The 0.008" feeler gauge could just get above frets 5 - 8. I looked to adjust the truss rod a bit more, but resistance went way up, so I quit turning. Here is my setup for leveling. The Ron Kirn tutorial had an excellent recommendation to find scrap granite or Corian to use as a leveling beam. I'm deeply embarrassed that I didn't even try to find a counter shop. With the Christmas season upon me, it was far too easy to purchase a beam from Amazon and hide it within the orders for ninja turtle gear. It has candy blue powdercoat too. And it came with a couple strips of paper (100, 240, & 320 grit). And it helps with my self esteem. ...and the black plastic end caps sat proud of the ground surface and really caused some confusion while I was leveling. I had to pry them out with a screwdriver and discard. Me: 0 points Mr. Kirn: 1 point (if we started keeping score at this exact moment) I marked the top of the frets with a black sharpie and got after it. This is after grinding a bit with the 240 grit paper. I lost my nerve for this task early on. The 1st and 2nd frets were the highest, and I ground them a fair amount to get the gap to 0.004" at the 7th and 8th fret. I'm glad I used a tall 6150 fret wire from Warmoth. I feared I would sand a lot on my first neck build...and I was right. If my math is right, I only ground it down 0.004", but it sure seemed like I lopped off a lot of material. I cleaned up the debris with a shop vac and have the frets about 80% re-crowned. I decided to call it a night. I may revisit the frets with the sanding beam to get it closer to level. I'm unsure if there is a limit to how low a fret can be ground. Can it get too close to the fingerboard??? I will search for this answer today, and get back at it tonight or tomorrow.