For nut and saddle slotting I first start the slot with an Exacto Saw ($3.79)




To finish the slot so it has a rounded bottom I use a Torch Tip Cleaner (Sears $3.99)




You can also use a piece of a wound guitar string to finish & round the slot.

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Those torch-tip tools work well and are vastly cheaper than a set of dedicated nut files.

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