I hope you are all well, I'm looked to get a table saw for fret slotting and to use the stewmac blade (unless there are other recommendations). I've never had a table saw but used one for this at the school I went to and it was such a nicer and quicker way of working.
It might seem like a noob question tocthose that use these all the time, but the arbour on the blade is 5/8" and it's an 8" blade. All the saws I can find here seem to be 10" and nothing has a 5/8" arbour am I missing something or will the blade just not fit these? 🤔
Also does anyone recommend any table saws?
You guys are probably not aware of a really good store in Bavaria called Rall Guitars.
He’s a really nice guy with a website in English and they have a great selection of tools and supplies with realistic prices. He has two versions of the saw blade that you’re after but unfortunately they aren’t currently in stock but just send them a message and ask when they’ll be available again.
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I had a look at the rail ones, they also have 30mm arbours and dont need stiffners so look pretty good. Only difference is that they have pin holes in them. I take it they can just be ignored if not needed? Also they are 180mm, is there any thing to look out for that might stop me from fitting it to any 10" saw?
Btw matt do you have one the blades from them? I'm think this looks good https://shop.rall-online.net/epages/61511639.mobile/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/61511639/Products/04080015
no I don’t have that saw blade but plan on ordering one at some point. They also have a 150mm version if that helps. I just looked at them again and it appears that there are a couple of different sizes for the width of cut as well so look out for that!
I’m guessing that those pin holes are to be ignored if not needed but don’t quote me on that as I do not now nor have I ever owned a table saw!
Btw, if you decide to go with the Stew Mac blade check out Madinter, a store in Spain that carries SM stuff.
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Unless you're planning on doing *lots* of fret slot cutting, getting a table saw (with the appropriate blade) and setting up the jig properly, purely for that job might be a bit OTT?
There are easier ways of cutting fret slots, and far cheaper tools for doing it.
For example ...
Online guitar making courses – guitarmaking.co.uk
Sorry for absence I had a baby a year ago and haven't the time to even think about building!! Lol Thanks to everyone that replied whilst I was away, I completely agree its over kill, but I am now a full time guitar tech with my own workshop space and views on producing lots of guitars (and wanna make my life as quick and easy as possible!😆)
Good news on this though, I dont know if anyones been watching Radius Dish Uk, who seem to have popped up over the last couple of years, makingg jigs and bit other luthier bits. They have just released a new saw blade thats a tiny bit cheapier (and in stock, I could never get the one I wanted) than Ralls. I've ordered mine, I let you know how I get on!