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Tips and Tricks for getting the most out of your shop and building better instruments

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Fretting Tips, Tricks & Supplies

Started by Ted Crocker. Last reply by Sonny Armintrout Jan 16, 2014. 1 Reply

Here ya go, let me know if I missed anything.  Have questions?  Just ask! 
CB Gitty Crafter Supplies:  Fretting…Continue

Tags: Supplies, &, Tricks, Tips, Fretting

Little tips to save those all important pennies

Started by proudy1959. Last reply by Ellwood T Bear May 4, 2013. 1 Reply

A few tips here that will save a little bit of moneyCleaning your paint brushes - all important if you have spent a lot of dosh on a good quality brush. After use clean as usual with white spirit to…Continue

Wood strengths chart

Started by Randy S. Bretz Sep 11, 2012. 0 Replies


Waterslide Decal Demo

Started by Brian Parks. Last reply by Hal Somervill May 11, 2012. 6 Replies

Here's a quick demo for waterslide decals which are a great way to get a logo or something on your build.…Continue

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Comment by martin baker on January 31, 2015 at 11:19am

one way to make your own spool clamps.spool%20clamps.JPG

Comment by martin baker on December 26, 2013 at 5:42am

I saw a vid about a jig to hold the neck while gluing a scarf joint, now I cant find any more, can someone show me where it is?

Comment by steve smith-- Dewy Dewtron on February 6, 2013 at 11:03am
Comment by Wichita Sam on June 12, 2012 at 9:35pm

The picture is one of my best little ideas for nut cutting. 

This is a jumbo fret with the spine cut off.IMG_0868

When you have a nut glued in place with the initial slot cuts for strings, lay this on top of the fretboard against the nut and you have a depth gauge for finishing the string slots.  For anything from fretless to medium frets, this serves as a depth gauge.  You can get the right depth on the first cut.  Saves a ton of time.

Comment by jim on May 10, 2012 at 9:18pm

Fret hammering arbor made from corian.

Comment by Hal Somervill on May 10, 2012 at 3:41pm

To Sgnt Roy,

You can find inexpensive (cheap) tuners, that work pretty well, on eBay for about $1 each including shipping, when you buy 6. I've bought a lot of them and only had one failure, and that was when my nut angle and scarf joint was very steep, thus overworking the tuner.

Comment by Ted Crocker on May 9, 2012 at 2:05pm

Hi Roy,

I just copied this post to here from Ted's Mad Scientist Lab

Check out Fretting Tips, Tricks & Supplies.

Lots of great info!


Comment by Randy S. Bretz on November 17, 2011 at 10:04am
Comment by ™ǝɹnsodxɯɐɔ on August 27, 2011 at 11:52am

was wondering of some crafty ways to make some bandsaw jigs- I found these -  http://users.stratuswave.net/~wd8jik/bjig/bandsaw.htm

what is great it's my bandsaw - so I now it'll work

Comment by jim on April 11, 2011 at 1:39am
My cheap bastard fret crowning thing. Drilled a hole one size larger than the the fret crown and sanded down to slightly less than half the diameter. Then used double stick tape to adhere the sand paper to it.

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