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Fret Slotting Blades....

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by JSPguitars, Jul 27, 2007.


  1. JSPguitars

    JSPguitars

    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    Get the StewMac blade or the LMI blade?
    After researching, it appears the LMI blade requires 'stiffeners' as opposed to the StewMac blade, which on the website states that no stiffeners are required. ANybody have experience with either of the two and wish to comment??
    Looking at all these fretboard blanks I've been accumulating is making me want to go the power tool route for slotting. My arm hurts just looking at them!
     
  2. I got the stewmac blade and it works great. No experience with LMI. Some others have bought el-cheapo blades that have worked well too, but required bore adapters.
     
  3. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    Stew Mac blade works great for me
     
  4. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    The Stew-Mac blade is worth the investment many times over.
     
  5. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    Another vote for the Stew Mac blade. I recently picked up a cheapo Task Force sliding miter saw for the blade. And the last fan fret board I did was the most accurate yet. I'll never do one by hand again!
    Good Luck,
    Dirk
     
  6. JSPguitars

    JSPguitars

    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    Thx for the feedback. If you 4 say StewyMac, that's good enough for me ...:p
     
  7. Phil Mailloux

    Phil Mailloux

    Mar 25, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    Builder: Mailloux Basses
    Love my stewmac blade and templates too :)
     
  8. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    I've been slotting by hand ... but the StewMac blade has been on my set-up list for the new shop in Charlotte. Of course the blade is immensely expensive for me, as I need to also purchase its table saw accessory :)

    all the best,

    R
     
  9. Any table saw will do, really. I use mine on a bottom of the line craftsman. I made a cross-cutting sled for it and it works great.

    I wonder if stew mac does endorsements :p
     
  10. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    Someone should write a tutorial on slotting with a table saw. (HINT HINT)
     
  11. Phil Mailloux

    Phil Mailloux

    Mar 25, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    Builder: Mailloux Basses

    Ask and you shall receive :) This one is also for those who don't have the "table saw accessory". :D It's my own jig. I cut a 6" wide 9 string FB with this without any problems.


    http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/index.php?showtopic=29230&hl=
     
  12. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    hey Phil - that definitely does put the table saw accessory within relatively easy reach :)

    thanks for sharing!

    all the best,

    R
     
  13. eleonn

    eleonn

    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - Perú
    Niiiiiiceeeeeeeeeee
     
  14. Another vote for the StewMac blade here. I use mine on a radial arm saw, which to me is also very useful for getting any kind of perfect angle cut across the grain (more accurate than a table saw IMO).
     
  15. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses

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