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Thread: Fret Slot Jig

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia

    Fret Slot Jig

    Time to get off my duff on making Cigar Box Guitars for Christmas gifts. I recalled the slot cutting jig used in this bass build by Dave Black and thought my Corian scraps could be put to good use. Here's my version:

    A few counter top scraps:
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    Some Helicoil threaded inserts and 10 x 24 machine bolts with washers and lock washers. Slots allow for lateral adjust-ability:
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    Rounding a few corners and shortening sides to allow clamping room, if needed. The fret saw rides on the top of the jig, which is sized to cut the slots 1/32" deeper than the flange of the fret wire. I hope that's deep enough. If not, I can add shim stock under the template to deepen the cut.
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    Squaring up the side that will be fixed in place:
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    The small pin that will index to the fretting template:
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    Some double sided tape on the bottom of the fret board to hold it on the template:
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    Voila! We have a fret board. A test run on a 1.5" wide fret board (using scraps of Brazilian Koa left over from a flooring job...I left the finish on to see if it would work). The StuMac template is on the bench with double sided tape on it to hold the wood blank. I discovered that is not enough tape because I could feel the blank move:
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    The stack of fret board blanks. Various lengths 3" wide planed to .27" thick. I should be able to get a few guitars out of this.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Thats a nice looking miter box Ted and your are going love that setup. I started making my own temples out of the Aluminum 4' measuring sticks from HF and a 1/16" slotting blade from Grizzly. I cut the measuring stick in half and then notch the half's on both sides with different Scale Lengths. Way cheap way to have several different SL and you will want more trust me.

    Oh and your going to love that Brazilian Koa for fret boards in fact I just used up all of what I had that some guy you might know sent me
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  3. #3
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Very cool Ted, looking forward to seeing thing progress with the cbgs.

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  4. #4
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    Jan 2007
    Sacramento, CA
    Whoa - nicely done, Ted! I love the use of corian - should be pretty stable. Great solution, sir!
    Jason Beam
    Sacramento, CA

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That's a great-looking jig, Ted. Like Darren, I'm looking forward to seeing what you end up making with it.
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  6. #6
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Nice jig setup and wood Ted , looking forward to seeing the cbgs coming off the production line.

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    Tahlequah, OK
    Very nice!

  8. #8
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Great job Ted. How did you cut the perfect oval slots like that?
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  9. #9
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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Great job Ted. How did you cut the perfect oval slots like that?
    Brent, I just drilled three holes close together on the drill press and filed them smooth.

  10. #10
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    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Sweet rig Ted.
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