[Solved] Fretboard slotting fun  

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Hello, 'ello

Thanks for creating and posting amazing videos and content, they've proven to be absolutely brilliant and are my main reference for all things luthiery.

I'm feeling a bit more bold in my luthiery endeavours and would like to replicate the fret slotting machine you've built here. Since it's a fine and intricate process to cut the fret slots with the power saw, I'm guessing it's certainly not quite as simple as sticking some draw runners on a power saw with the right blade and hoping for the best. With that in mind, might I ask how you built the aid for it, please? I'm probably being dippy and not seeing it in any plans or PDFs on the site. Thanks for reading and have a lovely NYE celebration.  😎 

https://guitarmaking.co.uk/lesson/making-the-fretboard/

 
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Thanks Joshua

Really glad you are enjoying the courses - makes it all worthwhile to hear that!

If you want to make a fret slotting machine like mine you will first need to find a cheap table saw to adapt.

Mine was the cheapest available and came with a  5/8" spindle. I got the special fretslot blade from Stewmac:

(wow prices have gone up!)

I am using LMI Fretslot Patterns

FYI: It was a long time ago when I bought these - they have served me well but I'm not sure they are the same quality now. I bought mine when they were claiming .0001" accuracy (unless my memory fails me) - now they are quoting .002"

 If I was to buy again I'll go for the Stewmac Fret Templates more likely....

Once you have the Table Saw and the Blade AND the Pattern/s then it is easy to knock up a jig...

When you get to this stage let me know -  I'll definitely add this as a request for a video - Cheers!

Measure twice, cut once...

 
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Thank you, Mr.Bailey!

I'll give you a shout when I get there. I reckon it'll be a couple of months (still need to finish setting up the workshop alongside uni bits) . 🙂