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Aluminum Radius-sanding Beam

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7-1/4" radius

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9-1/2" radius

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10" radius

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12" radius

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14" radius

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16" radius

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20" radius

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Aluminum Radius-sanding Beam

About This Item

Extended length for fast, precise shaping. Create a constant radius on an unfretted fingerboard, or level installed frets with this unique tool for the professional guitar shop.

The 18" long extruded aluminum block is comfortable to hold, and its stiffness and precisely machined radius assure accuracy that's not possible with a wooden block of the same length. We designed this tool for a lifetime of use in the busy shop.

Lifetime durability • Extended length
Fast, accurate fret leveling and fingerboard shaping


Dimensions: 18" long x 2-3/4" wide (457.2mm x 69.85mm)
Seven different radii are available, for popular fretboard shapes.

A great clamping caul for glue-in fret jobs!
"I use aluminum fretboard sanding blocks to hold and clamp the frets in place while the glue dries...A scrap of Neoprene on the bottom of the caul protects the frets from the texture of the machined surface, and serves as a cushion that conforms to the radius a little better, conforming to any slight variations in the fretboard."
Excerpt from Erick Coleman's book Fret Work Step-By-Step

Cut and stick!
3M Stikit Gold Paper Self-adhesive Abrasives are the right width for our leveling and radius sanding tools. Attach 80 through 220-grits for radiusing and leveling the fingerboard, and 220 through 400-grits for leveling the frets.

Works on stainless frets, too!
All of our tools are suitable for use on stainless-steel fretwire, with the exception of our Fret Tang Nippers. Modern stainless-steel fretwire is known to be harder than the traditional nickel-silver blends, but our own shop experience indicates the wire does not cause premature wear of files or sandpapers.


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Product Instructions

Radius Block Basics

An explanation of the different uses of a radiused sanding block.

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Finally bit the bullet and bought the 12 inch radius beam. Although pricey, I will say that it is an outstanding tool and extremely well made. Another example to show that even if expensive, it will be inexpensive in the long run and makes my guitar making easier and more precise.

4.0

Really OK!

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The sanding beam is a heavy tool thats doing his job. Unfortunately there was a little transport damage. Nothing big, but I think the packing is a little unstable for overseas-shipping for such a delicate instrument.

I've bought some tools now from Stewmac. The overall quality is good but not ecxellent. You get a better quality when you buy in a german DIY store. Honestly, what really wins are the great tool ideas, but the quality aspect is holding me back to buy some other stuff, that I don't need right know.

5.0

Keep it straight

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Indispensable tool for fingerboard and frets leveling for no-buzz low string action. Forget the radius wood blocks!

5.0

exellent tool but...

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excellent tool but when working on a fingerboard radius ,you must make a jig ,that wont let you move from right to left while sanding.THIS IS A MUST!!!!!

5.0

Good Tool

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Great tool. Accurate work is much easier.

5.0

Aluminium Radius Sanding Beam

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I purchased the beam some years ago and have used it constantly ever since. It produces a very accurate camber for the fingerboad and can also be used to level the frets. I also use the flat side of the beam for sanding flat tops on solid guitars and for fret leveling. I find the more accurate the camber is made on the fingerboard the easier it is to get the frets right with a minimum of leveling/re crowning and this beam is excellent for this purpose. To get the camber accurate and at right angles to the axis of the fingerboard I put the beam between 2 rails and mark out the centre line. The blank then is held centrally between the rails and the beam runs between them giving an accurate camber. Pressing the frets solidly against the camber then produces a very even set of frets requiring minimal leveling.

5.0

Great tool, 

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This is a great tool, I can't say how well it's made. It does not flex whatsoever when putting the radius on fretboards, also it makes for a great leveler of frets.

5.0

Never More Without It

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Sanding beams are the smartest tool you can use on a guitar. they turn a tricky and boring job to something easy and funny. level the fingerboard, clamp the frets for glue-in and fret leveling with the same beam is the clever thing you can do to insure the best results in a refret job. since i got them i almost don't even need to level the frets.

how could i live without it?

5.0

Great buy

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Really good tool that will last for life. Forget saving a little money on a wooden one.

5.0

BUY THIS!!!

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This is the best thing to happen to my fretwork since I began making guitars 14 years ago. There is nothing like having perfectly level fret-work to make your work sing. If you are on the fence about spending the money on this, save up and get it now or you will regret it in 14 years.

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