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Old 02-11-2012, 08:04 PM   #21
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Rough carved:




Done sanding (mostly)


Next steps;
1. drill tuner holes, install tuners
2. find some brass to make fret press caul
3. make a fret press caul
4. press frets with fret caul
5. dress frets
6. profit
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:45 PM   #22
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Nice looking build indeed. Can I ask why are your pictures so.. green?
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:59 PM   #23
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his camera is probably on incadescent lighting, but in his shop he has flourescent ones.
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:23 PM   #24
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That's a serious step at the nut. Looks good though.
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:19 AM   #25
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The lights in the shed are 400W metal halides, they're great in aiding visibility but pics taken in their light end up green for some reason. . . I'll try change the camera settings.

The step is somewhat "prominent" those pics make it look goofier than it does IRL. The reason for this is the neck blank was going to be for a one peice, but I got impatient and installed the trussrod I had and glueing a fretboard onto it.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:05 PM   #26
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Ok so I went and sanded through the neck to the underside of trussrod channel , so that neck will have to be scrapped. I'm not too upset as I did learn alot. (how not to do it)

I thought I'd share with you afew tools I've built, A fret press caul and a fretwire bender.

Firstly the Fretwire bender. It took all of 1/2 an hour to build.

Fret Wire Bender ingredients:


The two fixed wheels. The inner part of the bearing presses against the nut securing it there and allowing it to spin freely.


Pencil marking the lowest point of the slot for the adjustable wheel:


Marking the top of the slot:


The top wheel getting a slot for the fret tang (bench drill + hacksaw):


All done, (wheels removed for photo):
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:08 PM   #27
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The Fret Press Caul took abit longer to build.

Ingredients- brass bar, two brass screws, section of steel rod, radius sanding block for tracing onto brass bar:


Grinder roughing out brass bar to 9.5in radius. I made two of these.


Held together with vicegrips the two plates are spindle sanded to a flat angle:


One plate is flipped to give the V profile for the fretwire to seat into:


With two plates in vicegrips they are drilled and tapped to be bolted together:


After abit of sanding, and running dremel with small roundnose bit along the groove:


Steel rod gets a slot cut to accept the brass caul, and here it is finished:


and in action:


Brass bar-----------------$2
50mm Steel rod---------$0.50
Skateboard wheels----$5
Bolts----------------------$2
Peice of wood----------$0

Saving $160 and sticking it to Stewie Mac, PRICELESS

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Old 02-16-2012, 12:06 AM   #28
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thats a good way of making a fret press! I bought the 50$ one from stewmac, to find out my drill press can't exert enough pressure to work, so I ended up just hammering them in with the radius gauges....
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