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Darryl Tuttle commented on Jim Brown's blog post My fret slot cutting setup
"I was lucky enough to buy a used stew Mac blade for table saw at garage sale...this luthier was retiring due to Parkinson's disease...guy had an amazing shop...his jigs were perfect. Just picked up a stew Mac hand fret saw..but no chance to use…"
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Joe Caruso commented on Jim Brown's blog post My fret slot cutting setup
"Thanks Jim - the idea of using the utility knife blade to ensure the kerf thickness is a great idea. Thanks for sharing."
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Jim Brown commented on Jim Brown's blog post My fret slot cutting setup
"Thank you Rose ... my interpretation of other people's innovations."
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Rose Ericson commented on Jim Brown's blog post My fret slot cutting setup
"Hey Jim that's really good .......no it Genius!!!! Thanks for sharing I might try this. It would really be much easier on my wrists. "
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Jim Brown commented on Jim Brown's blog post My fret slot cutting setup
"Jerry and Chris, I'm definitely going to check into the blades you mention. I'm sure they'd do the same job as this one. Taffy, thanks for the feedback. I'd have done the templates differently had I not designed them for manual…"
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Chris "Fingerz" Zaferes commented on Jim Brown's blog post My fret slot cutting setup
"Jerry, I bought a jewelers slotting saw blade for $19 off of Amazon.....works GREAT!"
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Jerry Jordan commented on Jim Brown's blog post My fret slot cutting setup
"very nice but that stew-mac blade is out of my price range.,,.I hear a jeweler's circular saw blade can be had for less than $10 with the right kerf.,.,kudos on a great setup.,.,thanks for the tutorial.,."
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Taffy Evans commented on Jim Brown's blog post My fret slot cutting setup
"Nice one Jim, I use the same set up ( different templates) for my fret slotting. I can also fit two 3 string fingerboards to my templates and slot them at the same time, for even faster fretting. cheersTaff"
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My fret slot cutting setup

I thought I'd document my method for cutting fret slots. Disclaimer: This is how I do it. BE SAFE. Follow your tools' directions. I'm not responsible for your accidents or bad decisions. In fact, DON'T DO THIS. Are we good now?SoI started with a shopmade miter box and a Harbor Freight pull saw, as shown above. I actually…See More
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My fret slot cutting setup

Posted on January 5, 2018 at 4:24pm 8 Comments

I thought I'd document my method for cutting fret slots. Disclaimer: This is how I do it. BE SAFE. Follow your tools' directions. I'm not responsible for your accidents or bad decisions. In fact, DON'T DO THIS. 

Are we good now?

SoI started with a shopmade miter box and a Harbor Freight pull saw,…

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A good night!

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 9:33am 0 Comments

Last night at the Destination Blues Listening Room, a monthly event sponsored by The Exchange in Bloomsburg, PA, Clarence Spady banged out a tune on the license plate guitar I built and donated for a raffle. It was dramatically untuned after being fooled with for a couple of months, but he found music in it. It was a blast seeing an instrument I built in the hands of such a talented musician! I hope the winner of the raffle enjoys the instrument too. It was autographed by the members of…

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Pocket hole neck attachment

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 11:13pm 3 Comments

These photos show the neck of my uke project after attachment using pocket holes. The double holes on the top will be covered by the fretboard; the bottom one, filled with a maple plug, will be visible. The neck is rock solid, screwed through the box into a maple block. But it's not reversible ... We're past the point of no return here. 

The fretboard is glued on and curing tonight; all that remains is the saddle, and then the adjustments. …

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Progress: Cigar box uke with shaped-edged box

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 10:22am 1 Comment

I used a core box router bit and the table saw to shape this neck to match the tricky Ashton cigar box. I can elaborate if there is interest. I'm very pleased with the joint. 

Now that the neck has been shaped, I'll be attaching it with pocket screws through a maple glue block two through the top (to…

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