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Side Dot Drilling Jig

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by jkingma, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. jkingma

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    I always find that measuring to get the location to drill the side dots to be a time consuming PITA. Quite a long time ago I made a jig to do this... but I lost it... so I made another one.... New & Improved.

    It's pretty self-explanitory from the pics. Most guitars I make have a 12" fretboard radius, so I've made this jig with that radius. But I can make a wooden "handle" at any radius and quickly change the jig to accomodate.

    So the distance from the edge of fretboard to the dot is constant and I just "eyeball" the location between the frets. I can drill all the holes within a minute or so.

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  2. Steve Holt

    Steve Holt Friend of Leo's

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    That looks horribly simple. And I mean that as a compliment! I'll have to fashion one for myself!
     
  3. RogerC

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    Mine's a little simpler even:

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  4. TheOutlaw

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    You could definitely sell these i would think. Simple is great for people like me who spend days thinking about a task that should take minutes lol
     
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  5. CapnCrunch

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    Too late. I'm sure StewMac has already spotted this and is in the process of producing this commercially. Upside is that you'll be able to buy one from them anytime you want one for $49. :lol:
     
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    If he quickly patents it, then StewMac would have to pay royalties to him as the inventor of it. Imagine all the projects he can do then :D
     
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    Beats eyeballing it, I wound up with one of the 12th fret markers a little off.
     
  8. DrASATele

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    Same here . . .
    I like John's too it would make fixing them easier
     
  9. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Poster Extraordinaire

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    I just clamp the neck or fretboard on a big hunk of wood, mark the centers and take it to the drill press

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    Many ways to skin that cat
     
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