So I started putting the original frets back into the Martin's fingerboard. It went fine, except when I got to the fretboard extension (soundhole end). The 15th fret was missing entirely and I needed to replace it. So I put a new one in - it's about the same size as the originals.
The only problem was - because that's the fret that was removed and the steam hole was drilled there, the slot was a bit larger than the others, probably due to the moisture swelling the wood somewhat. So the fret wouldn't stay seated. And the other frets around it were also popping out, since the board's pretty flexible at that end. After some frustrating hammering, I figured I'd just glue them in. Not too unusual.
So I got to use my new fret bending tool to bend a whole length of fretwire for the new frets.
At some point, I'm going to break down and buy a bag of small shotgun shot and use that. I know a lot of builders use that as a neck support. I'm not there yet, but I'm getting close.
That picture is just before the actual hammering-in-of-the-frets.
Those untrimmed fret ends are sharp. Handle them with caution.
Here you can see the makeshift clamp/rubber band arrangement I cooked up to hold the 15th through 20th frets down.
The fingerboard crack also opened up a bit during all the handling. Joy joy.
After the glue on the body end frets dries, I can trim the fret ends and then level and crown.
The neck is looking dangerously close to being ready to be reattached to the body.
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 (This page)
Refretting Pt. 2
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