Working with the radius on fingerboards by hand is very tire-some and time-consuming process. And it’s usually in those moments that you wish to have a better way of working.

In this case I wanted a tool that could support any radius sizes but also that you can do compound radius. I figured that I’m probably not the first person with these thoughts so after strolling the web for solutions and inspiration I found some interesting examples to elaborate from.

So, a month ago I finished the jig and did a blog post(only in Swedish) about the work.

And here’s my version and plan of the Fingerboard radius jig.

This model supports settings for both 1 and 2-radius fingerboards (Compound radius Fingerboards). In this model you can get 7.25″ up to approximately 18″. If you want values above, you’ve to add 15-25 cm to the height of the frames. One other thing that isn’t present in the plans is that I’ve mounted 2 small springs between the outer frame to inner frame. You can see parts of them in the last picture of the finished jig by clicking on it. The reason for this feature is to protect the frame to not fall down sideways and at the same time make jig more stable.

Download PDF file: Fingerboard Radius Jig Plan
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Hope this plan will help or inspire you to do faster and better fingerboards.

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Fingerboard radius jig - Part descriptions

Fingerboard radius jig – Part descriptions

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Fingerboard radius jig - Radius settings

Fingerboard radius jig – Radius settings

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Fingerboard radius jig - Router board

Fingerboard radius jig – Router board

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Fingerboard radius jig - Left side

Fingerboard radius jig – Left side

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Fingerboard radius jig - Outer frame

Fingerboard radius jig – Outer frame

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Fingerboard radius jig - Inner frame

Fingerboard radius jig – Inner frame

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Fingerboard radius jig - Height adjuster

Fingerboard radius jig – Height adjuster

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Fingerboard radius jig - Frame angle adjuster

Fingerboard radius jig – Frame angle adjuster

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Here’s the end result! – Fingerboard radius jig with one tryout example. And it work perfectly! 🙂

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Compound radius jig

Compound radius jig

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Radius 10" and 16"

Radius 10″ and 16″

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