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fret cutting jig

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Young Oct 17, 2018. 7 Replies

Made a simple but effective jig for cutting fret slots.  Pictures show the story.  It works great.  I just use a template to mark the fretboard, slide it in the "slot" and go.  Continue

scarf joint jig

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Dillard May 31, 2018. 4 Replies

Here is a pix of my jig, using a Japanese pull saw.  Works great.  15 degrees and glued a piece of brass on the guide so the saw has a reference for staying in line.…Continue

 

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Bruce Young replied to Alan Dillard's discussion fret cutting jig
"Slick!"
Oct 17, 2018
Philip Hopper replied to Alan Dillard's discussion fret cutting jig
"What a great, simple and effective idea. Well done I for one love it and will be building one. Cheers Phil"
Oct 16, 2018
Alan Dillard replied to Alan Dillard's discussion fret cutting jig
"Sorry, just got bak from a kayak camping trip..Fret saw from C.B. Gitty."
Oct 15, 2018
Scott Schoepf replied to Alan Dillard's discussion fret cutting jig
"That’s a great idea! I believe I’ll be making one of these for my shop. "
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steve hale replied to Alan Dillard's discussion fret cutting jig
"Very nice , as they say KISS   keep it simple stupid  always works ."
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Geordie Hillbilly replied to Alan Dillard's discussion fret cutting jig
"Looks great Alan! Am about to start making my own fret boards so will deffo use your ideas mate. Can I just please ask, what is the saw you are using in first pic? How thick is the blade etc, and the make. Great post lad!"
Sep 21, 2018
Tom T replied to Alan Dillard's discussion fret cutting jig
"Sweet! It looks like the sides and aluminum angle is just about the correct height above the base so the blade never touches your base. Very clever..........."
Sep 21, 2018
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fret cutting jig

Made a simple but effective jig for cutting fret slots.  Pictures show the story.  It works great.  I just use a template to mark the fretboard, slide it in the "slot" and go.  See More
Sep 21, 2018
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"Hey, we think on the right side, but I have made ,so far, two through necks  because I cut the box wrong for a righty.  Also, have three I have made, but need to sell two, since I only play the favorite and can't donate a lefty for a…"
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New guitar with Lace Alumitone pickup

"Have been puzzling about that hole in the neck to install one of these and wondered how to brace the neck. So when you glued the side braces at the hole site, did you also screw them through the back of the box? Thanks, Alan Dillard, aka "Old…"
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New guitar with Lace Alumitone pickup

"Have been puzzling about that hole in the neck to install one of these and wondered how to brace the neck. So when you glued the side braces at the hole site, did you also screw them through the back of the box? Thanks, Alan Dillard, aka "Old…"
Jun 25, 2018

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
looking online for info to build one
How many instruments have you built so far?
Frantically waiting for a couple of parts, so I can finish my fourth, which is MY lefty three string.
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
now too old and arthritic to play my other two six strings or my banjo; very frustrating, so decided I could do a 3string build and (maybe!) play slide blues. Have always liked the style .

Well, finished my first one and it was a hoot to build. Don't know how well I will learn to use it, but at least my fingers work better this way.

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At 6:53pm on November 20, 2017, Mark Bliss said…

Hi Alan,

Read your question about f-hole templates, but unfortunately, the way the forum software works, when you message "all members" there is no way to reply directly. You have to ask via a "discussion post" in the group.

Anyway, Gitty markets templates in negative and positive layouts. Your preference would rely on the method you use to mark and cut.

Option one

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