Friend of Leo's
- Apr 20, 2019
- Old Dominion
It:s an art form as far as I am concerned.What's your method for cutting and shaping a bone nut blank? So, if you start with this...
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...what do you do to get it into its final form?
My method, so far, has been to trim the blank to the length I want by placing it in a vise and using a flush cut saw. I then use a sander to shape it further, such as rounding over the top for a non-Fender style nut. I usually mark it with a Sharpie so that I don't over-sand. Once I've got the shape like I want it, I cut the slots with a nut file. I've put together some templates for standard nut slot positions, including ones for my cigar box builds with 2 to 4 strings. I try to cut the slots to less than their final level so that I can remove additional material once it's mounted on the target guitar.
I've seen some folks actually use the string as their slot file.
I have a complete set of the proper tools for nuts and a set (large assortment from StewMac and other sources) for fret's.
I used to enjoy "working" on them a bunch, now closing up on 70 years old, I'm interested in playing more than anything else. Old grumpy geezer, shouldn't have even posted anything on this thread. Sorry.