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    Default The cheap fret slot saw set up

    Floody and Andy have been hanging for pics of this, so here we go.

    First an overview.

    This is for those that want the ability to slot fretboards quickly, but don't have a dedicated Droppy (SCMS) or a saw bench.

    I got this motor and assembly from Bunnings for around $100
    This machine matches the Stew-mac fret saw arbor of 5/8"
    Basically threw everything away but the motor and cradle. It is marketed as a table saw but really wasn't worth hanging onto the top. Not if accuracy was to be had.
    The MDF box was made to size and the sliding top uses Ball bearing
    drawer sliders. There is also an index pin mounted in the Jarrah
    slide fence for indexing the stew-mac fret slot templates as well.

    I've had this for around 12 months and find it to be a real time saver.
    Set up is integral to getting accurate slots cut, and once the initial set up is
    achieved , it shouldn't move at all. The bearing drawer sliders stop any sideways pivot or slop and create the perfect glide forward and back.













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    thanks for that Stu

    so thats one of the small ozito or gmc saws? or is it one of the little tile cutting ones?

    how do you adjust the blade to make sure it is all square to the sliding top/fence?


    so your selling these in flat packs?

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    I like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_B View Post
    thanks for that Stu

    so thats one of the small ozito or gmc saws? or is it one of the little tile cutting ones?

    how do you adjust the blade to make sure it is all square to the sliding top/fence?


    so your selling these in flat packs?
    Put me down for a flat pack!!!!

    Looks pretty good stu! Hopefully ill be able to replicate it when i get some cash to buy everything...i have a whole heap of mdf at work already so thats no problem.
    Thanks for posting the pics mate

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    Thanks Stu,

    That is a great set up. Can the depth of cut be adjusted easily?

    Cheers,

    Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterbrown View Post
    Thanks Stu,

    That is a great set up. Can the depth of cut be adjusted easily?

    Cheers,

    Peter
    Peter, this is set up at one depth only. To vary the slot depth , I run a
    suitably sized substrate between the sliding table and the fretboard.
    It would be possible to introduce a riser setup, but I'm more happy
    to use a substrate and know it is perfectly tuned always.

    Andy, A simple method of getting the blade parrallel with the sliders and fence is to use a mitre square against the fence and then slide the fence forward.
    You want to see the square's edge against the saw's blade maintaining the same gap all along the travel distance. If this gap alters, then you've got run-out.

    To state the obvious, this doesn't do fanned frets either.

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    This is similar to what was used and the rest thrown away.
    Marketed as a table saw.
    Cost was around $100 from memory at Bunno's
    Possibly badged as an ozito, but the only importance was the actual bore/arbor size
    to match a Stew-mac blade

    Pic. is here..........https://www.woodworkforums.com/f153/s...10/#post709660

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    hmmm
    i guess i will have to build one now...
    it seems like the easiest way to go about slotting, other than spending a fair amount on a mitrebox, which involves more physical activity

    hmm i wonder if theres any blades like the stew mac ones, that are more... local...

    so this will involve,

    the saw - 100ish
    slotting template - 45
    blade - 80
    mdf
    drawer runners
    index pin
    fence

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    The Stewmac blade is well worth it. The whole blade is case hardened, it'll last you a long time, you only need to keep it sharp. The downside to that is that reboring for a different size arbour is not easy . I had to do that for my SCMS and ruined a drill bit.

    That setup will save you a lot of time on cutting fret slots, you'll wonder how you ever did without it.

    The box looks great Stu, I feel like making myself one too now

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    Cool tutorial Stu and even cooler tool! Makes you wanna slot and slot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_B View Post
    hmmm
    i guess i will have to build one now...
    it seems like the easiest way to go about slotting, other than spending a fair amount on a mitrebox, which involves more physical activity

    hmm i wonder if theres any blades like the stew mac ones, that are more... local...

    so this will involve,

    the saw - 100ish
    slotting template - 45
    blade - 80
    mdf
    drawer runners
    index pin
    fence
    Well, you already have a double sided slotting template, you only need to make an index pin for it, unless it's not the scale you need.

    If you need a different scale to that one I may be able to arrange another for you, If you like.

    Your local saw manufacturer can easily make that saw for you but I've priced them and it's actually cheaper to get it from stewmacs.

    regards

    Wal
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    Quote Originally Posted by walcen View Post
    Well, you already have a double sided slotting template, you only need to make an index pin for it, unless it's not the scale you need.

    If you need a different scale to that one I may be able to arrange another for you, If you like.

    Your local saw manufacturer can easily make that saw for you but I've priced them and it's actually cheaper to get it from stewmacs.

    regards

    Wal
    Slotting template?? I need a slotting template! How can u arranage that wal? Do you make them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by floody_85 View Post
    Slotting template?? I need a slotting template! How can u arranage that wal? Do you make them?
    They aren't that hard to make, actually they are really easy to make.

    All you need is a length of 3 mm flat aluminium, it can be 4 or 5 mm but not less than 3 mm about 10 or 15 cm longer than your fret board and between 60 -80 mm wide.

    Mark your frets accurately on the flat aluminium scribing them with a razor blade or Stanley knife, then cut notches in the centre of each line down one side, I used a band saw for this and the notches ended up the width of a hacksaw blade.

    You could make an index pin from a piece of hacksaw blade .

    Aluminium is really easy to work with and if you gotta mark frets out anyway you may as well do it making a template and cut your job down in the future.

    Half way down this page is where I posted mine. Post #162

    https://www.woodworkforums.com/f98/bo...3/index11.html

    regards to all

    Wal
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    Ah i forgot about that..I remember reading it now..Ill give that a shot! Might go buy one of those little table saws from bunnings this weekend!

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    indeed the mad professor made me a slotting template
    i never got around to checking its accuracy might do that soon, but i trust wally

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