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Hey peeps. I wrote this up because I wish someone had told me all this stuff when I started. This is just my way of doing it. No doubt others have better methods and if they wrote a tutorial that would be way cool. Anyhoo, hopefully someone will find this useful and worship me as a god.
I've updated it since I first put it up so if you liked the original, check the update.
thanks, I've long forgotten how I fretted that dulcimer kit I built 30 years ago!
Do you recommend getting a fret saw? (they're hard to get where I am!) I'm going to practice fretting before I commit it to a build! (I've only made 1 cbg thus far hehe :D) But thanks this is handy!!
I plan on getting this Zona Dovetail Saw....best deal I could find. Zona also has a wide aluminum miter box to go with it. It is .020" thick, so the kerf would be about the same as a fret saw at .021 or .022.
Yeah, a super deal. I had to contact Zona to find out the thickess. They have two aluminum miter boxes, one is their "wide" model. Just as good a price as the saw.
Thankfully, since I got my mitre saw (drop saw) I don't need a box any more. By the way, if you were planning on using the mitre box as a fret cutting guide, I suspect a chunky square or triangle will be better. Mark frets with a fine pencil. When you cut, lay the blade along that line so you can't see any pencil, bring your square or triangle up to the blade, make a start and check - if you got it right you will be obliterating your pencil line. Again, seems obvious but wasn't to me and there must be SOMEONE out there as stupid as I am.