Anyone doing this?  I just got some plexi to make a bunch of jigs and want to make one to slot fretboards on my bandsaw.  Biggest problem I have is kerf slot - my blades cut a .025 slot which is just a bit too wide to hold the frets secure.  Anyone know of a source for thin kerf 62" blades, or is there a safe way to thin the kerf cut on an existing blade?  I thought about holding a file against the running blade to reduce the tooth set, but don't know if that would work. I do know it would ruin the blade for any other work. (I'm okay with making it a dedicated blade for slotting)

Views: 750

Replies to This Discussion

You're right, bandsaw blades are too thick. Scroll Saws are the ticket. uniform depth and perfectly square. Darren Duke did a youtube on the subject.

Yep, that's nice, but a scroll saw's not in the budget right now.  That, plus the wife would kill me if I brought home another power tool!  Guess I'll have to learn to glue the frets in.

This looks worth a try. I've been needing to upgrade from my Stewmac back saw. I know the table saw blade is nice but expensive, so this looks reasonable for those of us with a scroll saw handy.

Hal,

You can pick up a scroll saw on Craigs List for less than $50 almost any day.  I've seen them go for $25.  Less than the price of a band saw blade for a dedicated fret cutter.

 

I can't help you with the wife issue, but I do long distance counselling... :-)

 

the best,

 

Sam

LOL! I will check out CL locally, but I went and ran a file against the blade and trimmed the tooth set down to where the fret wire holds tight.  I think I'm good to go, and will not have to incur the wrath of the boss!

I'll put up some pics of my jig in a couple of days.  It should work on a scroll saw too if there is a miter slot on the table.  I  also built a jig to rout saddle blanks at an angle, and a string spacing jig.  Next will be some headstock templates and other scale length templates.

I suppose you can guess that I got an incredible buy on some Plexiglas!

I bought the stew mac blade for my radial arm saw. I do a test on a piece of wood like the fretboard is made of until I get the depth set and then start sawing. It is very fast and slick. Yes the blade is expensive

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources

Discussion Forum

Fret Jig

Started by Scott Schoepf. Last reply by Gary Stenzel Mar 2, 2017. 2 Replies

I Was Going "Nuts"....!

Started by Slowpaw Steve T. Last reply by Gary Stenzel Feb 21, 2017. 6 Replies

box bracing

Started by Wichita Sam. Last reply by Gipson Fat Fingers Shoemaker Jan 24, 2016. 4 Replies

Diamond core drill bit for fret dots etc

Started by Titch the Clown. Last reply by Gipson Fat Fingers Shoemaker Jan 24, 2016. 4 Replies

Special Tools

Started by Gary Ross. Last reply by gary sheldon Mar 19, 2015. 1 Reply

indispensable..

Started by micky rooney. Last reply by gary sheldon Jun 3, 2014. 10 Replies

Power string winding bit

Started by Titch the Clown. Last reply by Thomas "Duck" Petry May 11, 2014. 2 Replies

Raised Work Table

Started by David McQueen. Last reply by Thomas "Duck" Petry Apr 28, 2014. 3 Replies

Top Gluing Frame

Started by David McQueen. Last reply by David McQueen Apr 28, 2014. 2 Replies

Home made drill press

Started by Jimbo Cawthron. Last reply by Mike Strehlow Oct 21, 2013. 6 Replies

Wine bottle cutting jig

Started by Jan Westphal. Last reply by Mike Strehlow Oct 20, 2013. 4 Replies

Benchtop guitar clamp

Started by Mike Strehlow. Last reply by stringybark Oct 20, 2013. 1 Reply

Cutting Fret Slots on a Bandsaw?

Started by Habanera Hal. Last reply by Lou "cubancigar2000" Feb 25, 2013. 6 Replies

Hot hide glue pot and storage

Started by Charlotte Henry. Last reply by David McQueen Feb 10, 2013. 3 Replies

Spoke Shave

Started by Bluesheart. Last reply by jabes Jan 2, 2013. 5 Replies

tiny tools

Started by Bluesheart. Last reply by Habanera Hal Aug 19, 2012. 2 Replies

Homemade fret-end beveling file

Started by Turkeychicken. Last reply by PhilUSAFRet Mar 29, 2012. 2 Replies

Anyone use the stewmac dragon rasp?

Started by Charlotte Henry. Last reply by Charlotte Henry Mar 11, 2012. 31 Replies

Rotary Rasps

Started by PhilUSAFRet Mar 8, 2012. 0 Replies

Latest Activity

KOOL DOG HOOCH posted a discussion

Tuner screws (screwed)

Screwed up in a big way! Working on a CBG on my picnic table aka work bench when I knocked off my…See More
4 minutes ago
Profile IconArthur Gilde and Mikeyd joined Cigar Box Nation
5 minutes ago
KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to Jon's discussion How do I solder a rod piezo to a jack?
"Instead of messing with rod piezos, try the bowtie(ribbon, violin) style. It's placed between…"
20 minutes ago
KOOL DOG HOOCH replied to KOOL DOG HOOCH's discussion Etching metal the easy way! (Video)
"The set up he was doing was for a specific area on the lower receiver of a AR. Most applications…"
43 minutes ago
Roland Anger joined Shaun's group
Thumbnail

Home Made Guitar Amps

This is a group for home made guitar amps.See More
54 minutes ago
Miku posted a photo

Headstock

Knive carving and some chisel work.
1 hour ago
Dave Lynas liked AGP #'s video
2 hours ago
Dave Lynas commented on AGP #'s video
Thumbnail

"Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning"

"Nice and smooth AGP. The micro cube brings out the subtlety’s. "
2 hours ago
Dave Lynas commented on 3 String Guitars's video
Thumbnail

Cigar Box Guitar Pickups FOR SALE - Old Timer Cigars - Western Slide Blues

"I’ll be building a new guitar today with a Red Dog Pickup. Fretting the neck this morning. :D)"
2 hours ago
Dave Lynas liked 3 String Guitars's video
2 hours ago
Vern Hallett liked Dave Lynas's photo
3 hours ago
BrianQ. commented on Glenn Kaiser's photo
Thumbnail

PaintStickGit

"Simplicity rules :D"
3 hours ago

Music

Loading…

© 2019   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->