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Devon Headen

My Fret End Bevelling File

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Here's the info MikeB asked for, but I thought I'd just post a new thread. I think I might be breaking a picture rule here, but all the pics are really small.

First just get whatever length of 2x4 you want (or hardwood, whatever)

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Cut one of the sides down to square the edges (it'll be like 2x 3 now)

Set the blade angle and height

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Set the fence so your cut is just off one edge

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You'll probably have to widen the slot a tiny bit to get the file to go in. It should look like this

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With the file in it

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You might put some felt on the bottom, but I've never had any trouble with it scarring frets. I just used a pine 2x4, if you use anything harder, you might have more trouble getting a good pressure fit. I read Brian's tut and wondered why this wouldn't work. So I tried it and found out it does.

Devon

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thx!

the simpler the better.

im gonna make one tomorrow, im guitarred out today! just spent 3 hours sanding a fretboard!

i reckon ill felt mine, dont wanna risk scratching it!

Mike

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I've made one just like it, but I add two stripes of a anti-adherent material to help slid it better.

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I made mine out of an $8 file and a piece of scrap pine. I rounded over the edges so it would be easier to hold, and angled an edge to 90-degrees. I actually had to pound the file into the slot with a hammer, so there's no real chance of it slipping out.

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Am I the only one to do this freehand?

Nope!

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Am I the only one to do this freehand?

Am I the only one to do this freehand?

Nope!

Am I the only one to do this freehand?

Nope!

Nope again. I use Diamond grit sharpening files

Am I the only one to do this freehand?

Nope! :D

Hacks!

How does Stew Mac stay in business if you guys do this by hand or make your own files??? Oh the travesty....

I have never taken a picture of my block... I guess I should.

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I will say this... doing it by hand you are much less likely to have the file slide off the edge and skip across the top of the frets :D

Man I hate when that happens.

Ok back to your regular programming.

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For sure a block with a fixed angled file is a much neater solution. However, when I started to do repairs some 20 years ago there were no such thing as internet and orders to Stewmac had to done very sparsely through fax and money transfer. So I just grind the edges on a file smooth, glued it to a wooden handle (very similar to this) and learned how to use that. Now I can vary the angle by need and still get a very consistent result. I have not slipped over the frets of over the head or body of the guitar in probably 15 years so it is really a non-issue. You choose a tool and learn to use it well. What tool you choose is not as important as learning to use it.

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