Sounds like you have the wrong saw. I found my fret saw on eBay and it's solid. It looks like the same one stewmac sells and was a lot less $$$. I found the LMII template for half price. I made a miter box to fit the depth stop and the template and I can get the job done in 20 minutes. If I'm going to do a scratch build then I'm all in and to me that's the fun part of it. Besides, if you build a one piece neck you need some or all of the above.