Friday, January 8, 2016
Cutting fret slots
With the saw guide as a go / no-go gauge I planed and whittled the neck to final width and taper. The neck on this one is unusually beautiful, with rays and specks and a deep lustre. After a couple of wash coats of shellac I drill the holes for the styrene rod that will become fret markers, after doing some service as guide pins for the saw guide.
Like so. Sometimes I clamp the guide but the fit was good enough without it this time.
I set the depth stop on the fretting saw for the depth of the tang plus four mm for the acrylic in the guide.
And away we go. I had to sharpen the saw a while back and it's still good since then. So it only takes a few minutes.
Checking the depth with a pricey gauge from stewmac. I love their stuff but they do sell a separate tool for every single step and task.
The last cut defines the nut location and I pare off the wood behind it, blending the surface from square ledge into the slope of the headstock.
Is there a better or smarter way to do it? I don't think so but you might have ideas. Answers on a postcard, address is