#1
well heres the idea....
i have a clamp similar to this one in my garage:

i was wondering if i sanded down a brake pad from a bike to the correct radius and somehow attaching it to the clamp

and then made some sort of jig for the neck carve to go on the bottom of the clamp.


plausible or not?

if anyone else has any other ideas then please feel free,
im after a low cost fret pressing tool becuase im not too comfortable in using a hammer on them lol
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#2
seems like it should work.

only one way to find out.
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#3
that would be such a pain in he ass. yo ucan buy a press from harbor freight for next to nothing and do some slight mods to fit stewmacs radiused press cauls. al it takes is a hole and a threaded rod and you are set.

then again, fret presses are for people who dont know how to use a hammer properly.
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that would be such a pain in he ass. yo ucan buy a press from harbor freight for next to nothing and do some slight mods to fit stewmacs radiused press cauls. al it takes is a hole and a threaded rod and you are set.

then again, fret presses are for people who dont know how to use a hammer properly.

Or people who want 100% consistent results..

Besides, Ormsby uses a fret press and he's awesome
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#5
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Or people who want 100% consistent results..

Besides, Ormsby uses a fret press and he's awesome

Agreed. Yes, this idea should work. I built mine out of a broken drill press and this baby, however you should realize that yours will not have an adjustable radius.
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#6
What you could do, Is make up lots of Brakepads of different radii, and attach them to the clamp by a drill chuck or something - With referance to the post above, you could even just make up the brake pads and put them in a bench drill.
#7
i only plan on refretting one guitar with it at the moment, just wanted to know if it would work
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i only plan on refretting one guitar with it at the moment, just wanted to know if it would work

Theoretically, yes. However, you should tap the frets in with a hammer (to keep them in place) before you use the fret press to press them down. Also, I'm not sure if that pad will give a solid enough surface to press the frets into place, but there's only one way to find out. Worst case scenario: you have to use a hammer for the whole job.
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#9
I bought an arbor press in the UK and Stew Macs press caul

about £50 for something that will last you probably all the guitars you'll ever make instead of something that may or may not work




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#10
No reason it wouldnt work just be slow with the screw to raise and lower. Its alot easier with a drill press and the stewmac tool. You can buy the inserts pretty cheap for the different radiuses. Get the insert you need and figure a way to mount it in your brake pad.
#11
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I bought an arbor press in the UK and Stew Macs press caul

about £50 for something that will last you probably all the guitars you'll ever make instead of something that may or may not work


I got one too and it turns a difficult time consuming job into a peice of cake. I'd never be without it now, Its so easy. Worth every penny of the £50 it cost.
#12
its £50 i dont have or want to spend on a press as i only need to fret one guitar really, maybe two, i have everything else i need for fretting really i just want a consistant way of pressing them in.

but ive been thinking maybe the pressure from a whole break system from a bike would work with some adjustment to both the pads. im going to dig around in my garage to see what i can find lol .
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#13
well well well turns out i won some money on the grand national so im getting some fretwire and one of those brass radius block things from stewmac, ill let you all know how it goes,

ps. how much (in ft) fretwire is advisable for a first timer ? i was thinking maybe 2 or 3.
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#14
ummm... with stewmac fretwire, you need atleast 3 pieces, im not sure how long their pieces are. i just know you need 3, can't get by with two, not even if you cut them out perfect. unless its like an 18 fret acoustic or something.
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#15
theyre 2ft each, ill order 6 ft to be sure.
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#16
do you have a radius machine to get the fret-wire radiused? and a .023 or .022 hobby saw? those might be a necessity. also alot of short,fat rubber bands and some tightbond.
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#17
haha nope but i know of a way lol
i dont have a hobby saw but i could get one easily, and titebond, but why short fat rubber bands ?
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#19
well its all a test really the radiused press thing from stewmac is replacing the pad not sure how, or if im even going to do it i might spend my winnings on something else guitar related.
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#20
you use the rubberbands to help hold he fret ends down while the tightbond hardens, it helps alot, but isnt needed.

you get a big fat rubber band, double it, stick one end around one side of the fret, wrap it aroudn the back of the neck, and put it on the other side of the fret, leave 1/4 inch or so overhang on each fret so it will work.
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#21
You have money to bet away on horse racing that you may or may not win, but cant get £50 to spend on something you'll actually use? That doesnt make sence




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#22
i only bet £2 lol
and only won £22 back its enough for some fretwire and a radius thing from stewmac,

still might buy some other stuff though hmmmmm.
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#23
I bought it, looks really nice Get the 5 inserts as well (only £25)

I bought all the inserts, and all the radius blocks lol, just incase




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