Fret Leveling Block

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  1. bottomfeeder

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    Any suggestions for a quality, inexpensive leveling block to use with adhesive sandpaper? While I'm asking, what type and grit sandpaper do you recommend?
     
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    Find your nearest kitchen worktop cutting/fitting service and ask them for some Granite offcuts with a polished surface on one side. Maybe 2-2.5" x 10-12"x 0.75" thick ?
    I went to one here in London and they told me to help myself in their waste skip (USA:dumpster?), I grabbed a few pieces and they wouldn't take any payment.
    Work a treat and you will have a spare if you drop one and break it:cool:
     
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    I'm surprised that the Corian has a "true" flat surface
     
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    Some suggest granite countertop scraps rather than corian, or some of the synthetic stone.
    Some use a carpenters level either box aluminum or I beam aluminum.
    Corian is actually flexible and you may not get a straight result.
    Theoretically the granite is milled dead flat and is certainly not flexible.
     
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    Sorry you're right I just checked and it is granite, but I'm pretty sure Corian will be fine if it is thick enough.
    Ron Kirn says it's OK, which is where I must have heard it from.

    http://www.ronkirn.com/ssb-the-neck/
     
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    liquid finds its own level as it drys
    corian is pretty darn level
     
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    Mine's a granite sink backsplash.
    They cut it in half for free.
    I resisted the urge to pass the 2nd one on because I'm pretty sure I'll eventually break one.
    For the time being I have one with 400 and one with 600.
     
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    Thanks for the input guys, I'm not doing a full refret on my tele, just maintenanceence leveling. What's a good length for that application?
     
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    I have an aluminum block, 6" X 2" X 1" tall. Will that work? What grit does anyone suggest?
     
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    6" sure doesn't seem long enough to get a good level.
    Mine's 16
     
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    That's what I did, the piece was free but I paid them a couple of $$$ to level and polish all surfaces to a high degree. Works very well.

    DC
     
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    Depending on the thickness and length of the glass, it might deform under its own weight. You'll need a rather thick piece of glass in order for it to stay true.

    Regarding the sandpaper, for dressing worn frets I usually use 220-400 with my leveling beam (Although you can start with 120 if you have a lot of material to go through...). For newly installed frets I start with 320-400.
    I would than use up to 2500 grit along the neck by hand, followed by 0000 steel wool across the neck.
     
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    I use half of a 36" marble threshold tile from Home Depot. It cost less than $10.
     
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    You adhere it to another piece of sheet goods to support it.
     
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    I have granite counter top off-cuts I trimmed with a tile saw and a roll of emery cloth from Harbor Freight 240grit.
    1x16inch and 1x20inch.

    The marble threashold is a great option. Avoid 120grit as it gouges too much that you are fixing later.

    Also, for better results you'll want to build a Vinson neck tension system or buy the Stew Mac system. That ups the leveling game quite a bit.

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    Guitarbuilder, indeed!
    I will organize an expedition to find my lost common sense...
     
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    Out of curiosity what was the name of the kitchen company? I live south east, all the kitchen companies I’ve visited have been unhelpful!
     
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    http://www.eurosstone.com/

    It's on the North Circular near Staples Corner.
    It was a few years back so I can't vouch for their current friendliness, but they were then.
    In fact, I think I have recommended them to people who actually needed worktops, so they must have been OK:cool:
     
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    I got this 18" length of tile at a recycled building materials place:

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    I use 'glue stick' (spray adhesive would be better) to adhere sandpaper:

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    It worked out well, long enough to cover all the frets on most fretboards.

    For crowning, I filed a "V" into a sharpening stone:

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    Funky but works pretty good, as in 'better than nothing' which is what I had at the moment. I filed two V's, one for taller frets, a shallower one for low/worn frets.

    (You can see one side of the V is a different grit, a minor issue I'll rectify later with another stone; meanwhile I just reverse the stone every few strokes to even things out.)

    ONE EDIT: If I file a notch into another whetstone, I think I'll try a round file instead of triagular, for a rounded crown.

    Hope that helps some, good luck!
     
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