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Makin' your own nuts (Tutorial)

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Kennedycaster, May 23, 2011.

  1. Colt W. Knight

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    I'll keep that in mind when I build my acoustic.
     
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    Great idea.
    most of the Engraver's Forums have a "Tutorials Section"; perhaps the Moderator can provide us with a few divisions of them (one under each DIY section)?
     
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    Thanks for all the comments everyone. I'm glad people will be able to use this. In the time it took me to make this thread, I coulda made a handful of nuts!:D If anyone has anymore little tips or tricks, please add them to the thread.

    Bob
     
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    Thanks for posting. It's now saved in my archives.
     
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    My question as well.
     
  6. Kennedycaster

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    It usually takes me about 30 minutes from start to finish. However, I've done a bunch of 'em.
     
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    Great thread! I've done several nuts, but they were all pre-slotted, which still means filing and finishing, but the layout's done already. I'll have to try one from scratch now.

    For polishing the slots, I've used waxed dental floss with a bit of polishing compound on it, followed by plain floss... works great. And if a granite slab is too pricey, get a piece of 9"x12"x3/8" plate glass...dead flat and cheap. Mine was 10 bucks, including cutting and polishing the edges. (Great for sharpening plane blades and chisels, too.)
     
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    Here,Here !
     
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    OK, I'll bite. IS there an acceptable, cheap alternative to the dedicated, somewhat $$$ specialty Nut file sets? Who has the best, most economical set?:)
     
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    Well done tutorial, also turned into a good thread too, thanks.
     
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    Awesome tutorial!

    Thanks, and hopefully, for those building necks, This will be one of the most referenced posts on the site!

    GREAT!
     
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    I can't answer that one, as I don't pay vendor fees, but if you search Ebay for Guitar Nut Files there are plenty to choose from.
     
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    Hi, Kennedycaster,
    Thanks for the tutorial.
    Very helpful.
    I was asking solution to nut placement in my thread Yesterday.Today morning,I have got solution in hand by your very clear descriptive images.
     
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    Lots of zombie threads appearing lately.

    Is it close to Halloween or something? :eek:
     
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    Nut files are tools that is really worth paying for IMO. There are alternatives like making thin saws out of feeler gauges, but the time/effort is not worth it as on nuts you want to be as precise as possible for the best action and correct relief to work on the neck.
     
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    Oops ... Ya..., I never look at the dates on these
     
  19. OpenG Capo4

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    I agree. You can also use the welding torch tip cleaner files:

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    This costs maybe $5 or $10 and has files from like .056 down to .010 and they cut a round bottom slot too. But they don't cut nearly as quickly as proper nut files, and the thinner gauges are really flexible and easy to bend which is not ideal.

    I used mine for my first few guitars, and still use it when I encounter a string size I don't have the bespoke nut file for. I also use it for cleaning the little jet nozzles and passages in my paint gun.
     
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    Well, thanks for bumping it as I missed it the first time around... ;)
     
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