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With some help from a colleague made the base for my fret cutting jig on a CNC Denford machine in 18mm MDF. I was planning to use a modified off the peg mitre box (straight cut slot obviously :-) but everything I looked at was really flimsy with slots far too wide. Side pieces will be MDF also but the actual cutting guides will be laser cut Perspex if I can get down to a 0.6mm slot.
Off cuts, 50% was unusable, but managed to salvage a reasonable amount.
Thanks David, see pm.
I managed to get a load of of Sapele cuts, 50% scarp, I can send you a couple of pieces for you first build.
Thanks John, I'm determined to make as much of my first build myself even if it ends up as a wall ornament. I've recently become a volunteer at a community "making" facility so have access to all sorts of equipment like CNC controlled router and laser cutter (when I've learned to use them :-), but want to use hand tools. I do have an idea for a novel spacing jig for fret cutting which will need some laser cut templates.
If you need fretboards (blank or slotted) I can do them for you...plus loads other parts.
Making fretboards isn't that hard technically speaking, just hard physical work if you are hand-ripping timber and planing it by hand. Learning to do stuff by hand, from scratch using old-school tools is the way to go in my book, that's the way I learned to make guitars. Despite having a bandsaw, surface planer and a thickensser...I still keep my old Stanley and Record planes nice and sharp!
Thanks, I'll try that. postage costs for a single board pretty well kill mail order though :-(
Try your local model shop for hardwood suitable for fingerboards, most will stock 6mm walnut.Failing that check out SLEC on line
Supply of potential fret boards off the shelf? Has anyone in UK come across any suitable thin and flat material, eg flooring, which could be used to make fretboards
Hi all, just preparing for my first build and sourcing bits and pieces and finding/making tools. I'm in Exeter, anyone else in the area? First job is to make a fret slot cutting jig for which I've picked up and modified a few ideas off the web. I'm looking to add a laser cut indexing template to an off the shelf mitre box (Machine Mart's wooden job). I dug out an Aldi impulse buy mitre box lo see if it would do and it is really rubbish. Don't bother.
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