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GAHHH!!!! Still having issues with fretboard

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by RogerC, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

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    Thanks for that info on the saw, Picton. Is this the saw you're talking about? I noticed that it had a blade width, but no kerf listed. That's one of the saws I was looking at from Woodcraft. Someone else mentioned that Xacto sells different saws to fit their handles, and he thought they had a .022 or .024 saw. I may look for one of those locally as well.
     
  2. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    This is the saw from Harbor Freight, kerf .023 LINK. This one is from Home Depot, kerf also .023 LINK. Less than 25$ for both, and available locally as well ;)
     
  3. Picton

    Picton Friend of Leo's

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    I think I bought the next size up, but otherwise that's the same saw (the "Z Saw"). With blades this thin, I find I really need that bolster to run out further from the handle than the one on your link; the blades kink easily(especially in a homemade miter box), though YMMV and you could certainly use them more gently than I do. The reason they don't list the kerf is that Japanese saws have almost no set to them at all; the blade thickness is just about the same as the kerf width.

    The Harbor Freight one is fine, but it's too short to be very useful to me. Again, YMMV; it's a nice, cheap entry into pullsaws, if you want to pick one up first to see if it works for you.

    EDIT: I just took a fuller look at your link, and I'll clarify; my Z Saw is the one at the top of the "related items" section at the lower right, the $55 one. Prices seem to have risen since I bought mine... Excellent saw, though.
     
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  4. Nick JD

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    Another issue I've encountered before when radiusing a fretboard before glueing it to the neck is that the radius reduces internal stress in the wood. And also changes it's moisture gain/loss abilities.

    I had a fretboard that I put a 12" radius in. Within a week it had a 24" radius on both sides :eek:.

    You can imagine what happens when 5 clamps are used down the board. Wonky as.
     
  5. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hey Dave, have you used the Home Depot saw? If so, what were your thoughts?
     
  6. bubba105

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    +1 on the Harbor Freight saw. I haven't tried the Depot saw, I bought a bunch from HF on sale a while back. It's .023, as mentioned by Crazy Dave, which I beleive is the same as Stew Mac's frets, cuts on the pull stroke for control, & has zero set, which makes cutting fret markers level with the board a breeze. I only use this saw to deepen the frets after radiusing the board. I sprung for the Stew Mac table saw blade & use a mini cross-cut sled, which works like a charm for cutting frets.
     
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