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This is by no means the best jig in the world and I still have to add a couple of other bits but it works. I used some MDF, plywood, bolts, nuts, bearings, washers, screws and one small nail. I arranged them into an ordered form that they would hopefully become something useful. It works so far but like everything, itโ€™s open to entropy.

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With saw.

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I use a scale length template (multiple online shops) to stick a fretboard blank to.

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A small metal pin is one of the most important things this jig must have.ย 

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That is pretty clever - Thanks!

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Bearings to keep the fret saw straight.

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A friend sent me some fretboard size pieces of walnut so I had to make this jig.ย 

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Very Good John. Now you just need to build a radius jig. You seem to have the engineering skill so I'm sure you'll find a way.

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Thanks Russ, a radius jig will be a little more tricky and require a little more thought. ? ?ย 

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That jig looks really neat.

I admit that I bought mine (Stewmac, though when the $/ยฃ rate was much better!).

Do the bearings function as a depth stop for the saw too?

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Very Good John. Now you just need to build a radius jig. You seem to have the engineering skill so I'm sure you'll find a way.

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And if you wouldn't mine sharing instructions and pics here when you've done it ... that'd be great!

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I use this and is available with different scales. It comes with the saw with the right depth stop to ensure you do not go too deep...Iโ€™m not affiliated with them, it just works really well. They have bolt on versions as well as long for bass. I went for the longer one so I have the choice...

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Looks sturdy and better than the Miter Box I have been using lately, quite simple and straight forward...thanks for sharing will get me one of those...

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@ihab-amer The saws come with two depths so you can choose depending on the fret depth..

I think they are 1.5mm to 3.5mm. Contact them and they will source with any of the kits.

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ย  Wow John, nice jig! Mine is so much simpler but works quite effective. Same exact concept but it is held by a thin saw blade sandwiched on boards with the blade dull side up sticking out to where the fret slots on my Fretboard template catches. Works for me and I adjust my depth cut on my saw with a diy guide. I like the bearings! I think I am gonna incorporate that. Brilliant!ย 

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Thank you deej / David, the tool is great and the site seems great and I didn't know about it. Will order one of those to see how things are going, 1.5 mm would do ...cheers!

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@clinton Thanks man, it takes a while to set it up but once you have, the bearings keep the saw blade straight consistently and prevent any wearing. The bearings also act as a depth stop for the height. If you want more detail, I can give you a list of what you need and a cutting list for the wood.ย 

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I donโ€™t think Iโ€™d come across that site before. ย Thanks @david-johnson09

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Given your engineering skills John, do you think that you could create something like this?

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Given your engineering skills John, do you think that you could create something like this?

@russ Iโ€™ve thought about this before, I noticed them a while back. Itโ€™s possible, itโ€™s just a case of making the different radii pieces accurately. Itโ€™s definitely worth a shot isnโ€™t it?ย 

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