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After looking over Brian's tutorials for a home-made fret bender and beveling fine, I went to Home Depot. I already had the Dremel & cutoff disks, so the out-of-pocket expense would only be the wood & the file.

The file was easy to find and only $7.00. The lumber however.... was in a sale bin for 85% off. It was all short cutoffs ot pieces that were really dorked up on the corners. The 6' long 2x4 for the beveling tool cost me $0.27. The 2' long 2x6 wasn't worth ringing up, so the lady just gave it to me.

So when I'm all done, I'll have a $61 fret beveling file and a $90 bender (combined $151) for about $8.50 with tax.

:D :D B)

I also ordered a 12oz brass tipped deadblow hammer and a spokeshave from Grizzly. All of the fret hammers I saw were brass tipped. The instructions on SM's site as well as Hyscock's book said a brass-tipped deadblow was what you wanted. $9 through Grizzly is a LOT better than $24.50 from SM for the same dang thing! (check the links!)

After it's all said and done, I'll have everything necessary to do this without getting a single tool from SM or LMI. B)

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I landed a Stew-Mac fret cutting miter box, saw, and 25/25.5 template for $135 shipped.

There are a couple of items on eBay that I'm bidding on right now... tang nippers, a set of 8" radius blocks, leveling file, diamond crowning file, and 3 tubes of fret wire. PLEASE don't bid against me!

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I already have a set of tip cleaners. $4 at Home Depot.

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......

I was not supporting the use of tip cleaners, because I had just read the second sentence of Woodenspoke´s post. It also goes in depth on the files issue, which I thought might be useful on your thread.

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I can't comment on their ability to make grooves in hard material. I don't doubt that they'd be unable to do so. What I can testify to is their ability to cut a graphite nut, which they did well.

FWIW: I have a group of 6 pre-slotted nuts on the way, so I won't be using them right now anyway.

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I don´t mean to hijack your thread John, but I was wondering about a tool which I think could be used for the truss rod channel. I know this crowd uses the router for many things including this task, but I was wondering who has experience with router planes at all, and especially for routing the truss rod channel. I´ve read its mainly used for inlaying and marquetry, but could it be used for this or other tasks?

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Hijack away! I'm all about using other stuff to do the same thing so long as it's cheaper & easier.

I don't see why not. As long as the tool can make the channel the right width & depth, there's no reason to think it wouldn't work. Some rods need a more-or-less curved channel, but this could do that too.

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Oh, you are right! I didn´t think of the curved channel because I read of another option in Martin Koch´s book, a rod using a flat bottomed channel. Also, I read somewhere that a U-channel can be used for same intents and purposes...although it doesn´t seem to be the best way, as you loose the ability to tweak the neck.

Hijack over

:D

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Yep, good point, Kenny. I bought my sanding block before I realized I could have just made a sled for my radiusing jig and made it myself.

Here is a picture of the radius jig I designed/built.

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It does a great job with very little effort. The router rides along the slot (using a template bearing). YOu can drill pivot points for different radius. I have a 9.5" and 12".

There is a bit of waste, but I dont build so many that this becomes a problem.

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I don´t mean to hijack your thread John, but I was wondering about a tool which I think could be used for the truss rod channel. I know this crowd uses the router for many things including this task, but I was wondering who has experience with router planes at all, and especially for routing the truss rod channel. I´ve read its mainly used for inlaying and marquetry, but could it be used for this or other tasks?

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Sorry to butt in but alternatively you could use a plough plane which does it all in one go (mine hase two blades that cut the side of the channel first the link doesn't appear to have them) it also works on narrow pieces where i think a router plane may start to wobble?

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a262/Der...es/LVplough.jpg

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Woodenspokes thread on nippers :as in fret cutters, lol

Definitely check out this thread John. When I did my neck tool shopping I grabbed a pair of channel lock cutters, a bit larger than average, but the head on it was the same, just longer so more leverage. When buying them on the cheap look out for a few things mentioned in Woodenspokes post. I initially try smoothing mine on a wheel, but it sucked, I ended up using a little drum sander in my drill press, worked amazingly well, cuts perfect and after fretting it showed no sign of wear, definitely better than spending the money to buy from stewmac or lmi. Hope the neck building is going well. J

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