Woodenspoke Posted February 13, 2009 Report Share Posted February 13, 2009 OK for all you people who always say you cant afford nut files but can spend $70 on a single pickup this is for you. #1 if anyone says buy Brazing torch tip cleaners and use them for making nuts, have them taken out and shot. They are useless because they are not files.. NOT FILES.......no teeth so they cant cut hard materials. Impossible to control on softer materials. In most cases more expensive that my Nut Slot Kit on the Cheap.. read on. Hopefully I have squashed that myth so here it is drum roll please...... Nut Slot Kit On The Cheap. Say What? Sorry this has an anti climatic ending. Saw and needle files? Above is a picture of (from top to bottom) A Stumac Nut saw .008, a diamond need file from a Harbor Freight kit 4", A needle file from a standard US branded needle file kit 5 1/2" #2 cut, a 4" round needle file #2 cut and a 6" needle file also #2 cut. The #2 cut is a fine cut (smaller the number the rougher the cut). The picture is to show you that small items can be had. The 4" round needle file I bought from MSC.com a few months back during a 40% off sale costs me under $2. Normally it sells in the $3 range. I am sure with the knowledge of the cut and size you can find it under $2 as well. This is the file to have. The diamond file though the same size is thicker because of the diamond grit bonded to the shaft and this makes it useful only for larger strings. The Standard 5 1/2' round from the needle file kit is also just a bit to large for smaller strings. Now if you are very good at grinding; needle files can be ground to a very fine tip. That is if you want to attempt to make up a set of sized nut files from ground needle files. I suggest using the 5 1/2" files for this task. I have not done this but have thought about it. Also a knife edge needle file is also a good candidate but has a flat bottom. Again this is just a suggestion and I have not done this myself., consult a trained professional. LOL OK the saw. I picked up this Stumac saw for nut work. It was not a great price but the kerf is smaller that most saws. However a brand called Zona also makes a .008 kerf blade for $5.50. If you just buy the blade its under $2, but you will have to make a handle. These thin kerf saws are also know as razor saws and will cut everything but metal. Google the phrase razor saw and see what you can find, knowing the kerf size is important. OK you now have two tools to make nuts, a thin saw, and a small round 4" needle file. Both can be had for under $10. I did say it was anti climatic right? NOTE: You may want to look for a saw blade kerf which is slightly larger than your smallest string. If you smallest string is .010 then the .008 saw above is too small. I use true nut files to open the slot after the .008 saw, but you may not be able to using the tip of the smallest needle which is around .020-.030" wide. So your saw kerf may be your slot. So don't buy a saw which will not fit your smallest string gages. I will also suggest buying smaller nut files and using this kit for the larger strings. There is always a negative aspect to tools on the cheap, but on the bright side with this knowledge you can probably put together a cheap nut kit that will work for you. Also for a Bass nut the limitations on file size and the saw Kerf you can ignore. The 6" file is quite large and I would stick with the 5 1/2" inch size as the largest file to use. Your comments are welcomed. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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