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miter saw

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by dremy2006, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Good morning and Merry Christmas... I plan on buying a "fret slot cutting blade" from stew mac... do to limited space... I would need to purchase a sliding miter saw.... my Q???? Is, what size saw will work for this job? thanks in advance.... have a on top day......
  2. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
  3. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    Some people use a hand saw with a block, placed at the line for each fret. As long as the block was cut to fit the angle of the edge of the neck/fretboard, the line will be square to the centerline. If the saw you're looking at is small diameter, it may be accurate but chop saws and sliding miter saws have enough play in the mechanism that I wouldn't call it 'accurate enough' for this. Also, the larger the saw is, the more error is caused by a small inaccuracy.

    If you use a hand saw, look for a "gentleman's saw" or a small crosscut saw. The teeth of a crosscut saw are more like chisels and for a clean cut across the grain, while a rip saw is for staying online when cutting with the grain. If you look at Rockler or Woodcraft, they have some nice ones that aren't terribly expensive. Lie-Nielsen and Lee Valley have good saws, too.

    Lee Valley- these are nice saws.


    Here's a fret saw-

    Gent's saw, crosscut and rip-

    I would lean toward the fret saw.
  4. jworrellbass

    jworrellbass Commercial User

    May 17, 2009
    Colorado Springs CO
    Owner, builder: jworrellbass
    I bought a 7-1/4" sliding chop saw from Lowes, the Cobalt brand, works great with the Stew Mac fret blade. The only problem is the lazer on the saw isn't adjustable so when you use the thinner fret blade the lazer mark will be off just a little. I use this on multi-scale fretboards.

    If your doing staight frets then you can use the metal templates from Stew Mac and a table saw. You'll have to make your own slider.
  5. Thanks but I'm taking it to another level... I'm already doing it by head...

  6. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    David, I would got to HD, Lowes, Menards, and Sears, find the one with the smoothest mechanism and least amount of wiggle so you can do as precision a job as possible. A friend is using a Craftsman compound sliding miter saw to do his slots in Missouri.
  7. ....thanks JC
  8. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Majestic Swamp Ash