I'm glad I made the decision to refret the D-12-28 instead of reusing the old frets. The leveling and crowning will go much better, and the guitar will be able to provide another 25 years of service before it needs new frets, I would imagine.
First we snip off the fret ends. I have these Channel Lock end cutters which are terrific. Very high quality and they make this job as easy as slicing through smoked Gouda.
If you look closely, you'll see it's loaded with Pro Cut cutting lubricant. Makes the filing much easier and extends the life of the tool.
Notice the masking tape on the fretboard edge to protect it.
Fenders have a greater bevel - maybe up to 30 degrees. This is more like a Martin (how appropriate...) or Gibson-style angle.
That little chunk of ebony was missing when I got the guitar. I thought about filling it, but I decided some nicks are just going to stay.
I use 320 grit 3M Gold Fre-Cut paper on the leveller. I can get 2 or 3 level jobs out of one piece of paper.
This file is the traditional 3-sided triangular file. I also have a small 2-sided file that works well for really fine cuts on the fret ends.
These came out pretty well - I'll get some closeup pictures soon.
The Complete Martin Guitar Restoration Saga
Repairing heel break
DIY chisel for bridge plate removal
DIY bridge plate removal iron, Pt.1
DIY bridge plate removal iron, Pt.2
Steam removal of bridge plate
Bridge plate removed
Tongue brace removal
Crack repair and brace scallop
New bridge plate Pt. 1
New bridge plate Pt. 2
Patching hole in top
Final fitting of top patch
Installing carbon fiber rod
Fingerboard crack repair, Pt. 1
Fingerboard crack repair, Pt. 2
DIY fret bender tool
Refretting Pt. 1
Refretting Pt. 2 (This page)
Tuner shaft repair
Neck reset - dovetail fitting
Measuring neck set with DIY jig
Gluing the neck with hide glue
Fitting bridge pins
Making bone saddle
Making a buffalo horn nut