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nut files

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by TeleToTheRain, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. TeleToTheRain

    TeleToTheRain Tele-Holic

    Feb 25, 2012
    in a van by the river
    Man, nut files are pricey.... and I don't want to do the whole welding tip cleaner deal, etc. I'm sure investing in a set of the two sided ones Warmoth or StewMac sells would be a good investment but at the moment I only need to do one and I'm low on funds. Is there any kind of loaner program? Over on the Martin forum there's a set of bridge slotting tools that gets passed around for the cost of shipping, anything like that here? I know I'm being cheap... I'll probably wind up buying a set, just wondering....

  2. Donelson

    Donelson Tele-Afflicted

    May 31, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Nut files don't cost that much! Worth the $$. You don't need ten of them; 3-4 will get you going. You can learn how to use them from the web. Cheapo alternative: auto feeler gauges wrapped with sandpaper. Cost, maybe $5. Not recommended, but "just saying". I've done that in a pinch. The paper adds width, so try & calculate ahead of time. Wrecking a nut will cost you headaches & remorse; try & avoid that.

  3. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

    Admin Post
    PM sent.

    I've got some lightly used ones I'd be willing to sell.

  4. hemingway

    hemingway Friend of Leo's

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    Ha! I've wrecked nuts even with good nut files!

    But it was fun fixing them with baking powder and superglue.

    It's all learning.

  5. Bronkowitz

    Bronkowitz Tele-Meister

    May 20, 2011
    I put different thickness feeler gauges in my vice and used a sacrificial chisel to beat teeth into them. I used a micrometer and a small file to make sure they were at the correct thickness. Then I used sandpaper to gently round ove the edges.

    I'm accumulating more tools as I build more, so eventually I'll replace it (right tool for the right job, and all that). But my alternatve was to build it with the makeshift nut saw or not build it at all. Building it won out.

  6. tone volume

    tone volume Tele-Holic

    Dec 1, 2012
    London UK
    And it's always on the last slot.

  7. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

    Apr 23, 2009
    Monterey, CA
    I'm cheap, too, but buying a set of nut files is a good investment.
    I got mine from Warmoth.

    BTW, I find that the files tend to bind in the slot. I'm aware
    that nut slots should only be slightly deeper then the radius
    of the string, but even at this depth I get some binding.
    Any tips?

  8. dbickford

    dbickford Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 24, 2012
    Morgan, Vermont
    The Auto feeler guages are the way to go. Instead of chiseling notches, just take a Dremel with a cutoff wheel and slice some 1/8 inch deep slots in the guages. Only slot half the length of the feeler. The smooth half works to guide it as you file.

  9. soggybag

    soggybag Tele-Meister

    Oct 20, 2012
    san francisco
    I just spent some hours investigating nut files. In the end I decided to by a set from here: These seem to be what most places re selling. For 6 files the total was $70. Which is close to what you would pay elsewhere but a little cheaper. Also seems like you are getting them from closer to the source.

  10. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.

  11. soggybag

    soggybag Tele-Meister

    Oct 20, 2012
    san francisco
    Those are the same files sold by, for a buck more. Looks like many places get these files and relabel them. These are the same files that Grizzly is selling, and look suspiciously like the files sold by Stewmac, though the handle is branded with the Stewmac logo.

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