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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Sep 22, 2019.
Looking forward to seeing it come together Marty!
Great project Marty. I love it!!
Whoa there pardner, yer goin to fast!
Did you complete the Board Foot questions on the homework assignment?
I sat with my coffee thinking about scale length and decided that my choice would determine the direction this build would go in. I opted for a Gibson scale. To me fret sawing and fretwork is one of main operations that I want to do to the best of my ability. Early on when I first started doing this hobby, I marked off fret positions with a pencil and square. I then used an LMii saw to cut the slots in a homemade miter box.
The first one I built resembled this one although I used wood for the saw supports. I built this one to try out the Harbor Freight flush cut saw.
It cuts OK if you want a kerf that the frets will drop into without a hammer. It's not the right size as is and it flexes I'm a proponent of getting a saw that cuts the correct size kerf. Buy the right tool for the job.
This is a modified Stewmac Fret system. It isn't wide enough or tall enough when you buy it to cut a one piece F style neck. I had an online company make me new side pieces that were taller. I attached that to a plywood base that was wider. Now if I want to cut a fretboard only, I need a 3/4" thick spacer, which is why the pine is there. It works nicely. You get 22-23 slots in about 10 minutes taking your time. One thing about this stewmac saw is that you HAVE to hold it against the side by hand. Another thing is the little indexing pin is so small a wood chip can feel like the pin. I ruined my first fretboard because of overconfidence in it. Now I check every slot before sawing.
I believe newer versions have clamps like the LMii saw system. Having had 3-4 actual fret saws over the years, this Japanese saw is the nicest.
I kind of feel bad about cutting up my free wood from the neighbor's built in but you have to do what you have to do. I ran it through the thickness sander instead the planer. The abrasive is ready to be changed anyway. It almost looks like part alder and part poplar. The nice part is it is still 13/16" thick. I think the main section smells like alder. I never made an alder neck but it'll be fine.
Another fun build! I'll be watching.
Ouch! I know how that goes. We've spent more on medical stuff for the 4-leggers than the 2-leggers this year...
Thanks! My wife's hobby is this greyhound adoption group started and manages. This one guy has had 3 multiple dental extractions in the 6 years we've had him. I'm not sure how many are left but they took out 10 this time. I expect he'll be eating only ground style wet dog food from here on in. He had a can of Purina1 chicken and venison today. It took him about 10 minutes to get it down.
Great idea - like an informal challenge. How will you account for parts and items you already have accumulated thru the years and don't remember their costs or leftovers from other guitars?
Marty did your Harbor Freight saw look like this?
I'm on my second and just bought third for a spare. All mic about .0225 and my fretwire from Grizzly and my old stash from Martin fit perfect.You have me confused though this thread is a good memory,during that Challenge is when I first came skulking around these parts lol
Yes. That's the saw. Mine cuts a .030 slot and it's been used a bit.
Thanks. I'll just use current prices. I don't plan on using any used parts.
Here’s mine and it’s good one. 30 bucks for the body XGP done in amber lacquer. Neck is one of the Chinese knockoffs 32.00 off the web done in amber nitro. Wilkinson 30 dollar steel block trem. Had the pickups and pickguard and all other hardware..electronics. It’s a killer guitar had to level the frets and sand the bottom of the nut. It plays real well and I’m actually going to play it out live this weekend. It can be done.
I do frets, sometimes, usually mandolin frets. I use that same Harbor Freight saw although I need to do a better jig for it.