Fret Press Caul, Caul only

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Use your drill press! Our self-leveling steel fretting caul has a 3/8" shank to fit your shop arbor press or your drill press.

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Fret Press Caul, Caul only

Fret Press Caul, Caul only

Item # 4366
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Fret Press Caul with 5 Fret Press Inserts

Fret Press Caul with 5 Fret Press Inserts

Item # 4365
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$61.67 $52.42

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Use your drill press! Our self-leveling steel fretting caul has a 3/8" shank to fit your shop arbor press or your drill press.

Includes five grooved/radiused brass inserts (6", 7-1/4", 9-1/2", 12" and 16").

Additional radii are available: Fret Press Inserts

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Fret Press Caul, Caul only

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Where have you been all my life?

By Dan Vines from Aberdeen, Washington
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, December 05, 2014

I've only been at this luthier stuff for a few years now and have been hammering in frets with hit and miss success. WOW! I just pressed in frets for the first time a few minutes ago and was that a breeze!!!! I can see that there will be very little need for a lot of fret leveling. This is was a great tool investment.

factory fret job

By Blackplates from Aberdeen Md.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 19, 2014

You get a factory quality job with this caul and an arbor (drill press etc.,). Hammering works fine if you like doing it that way but it offers no other advantage over pressing with a radiused caul. Awesome for replacing frets in damaged slots because you can hold the fret in place until your epoxy dries and no pop-up. This is a production tool.

Perfect jobs

By Jose Maria from Valladolid, Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Useful and well constructed.

works as advertised

By alder from NJ USA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 10, 2014

So far I've just used it once, but it seems to have done an excellent job. When fretting with a hammer, I expect to have to do lots of leveling afterwards, but initial tests with the Fret Rocker show this neck is nearly perfect already. I will probably end up tapping down a few places with the hammer and then stoning the whole thing perfect before I am completely satisfied, but that's just because I am fussy about these things. I found it is easier to do a fret (especially a long one) in several steps - push one end, then the other, then the middle down hard. Much the same way you would hammer it. That also puts less stress on your drill press, which isn't really designed for this kind of thing, but seems to do it well enough. Better, faster and *quieter* than hammering. Although I must say I found the whack whack whack method more satisfying somehow. Alas, I will probably never do it that way again. The Stewmac neck caul is the other end of this rig, and is pretty much essential.

Works like a charm in my drill press.

By Highline Guitars from Denver, Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 21, 2014

Way better than pounding!


By joey65746 from missouri
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 01, 2013

I use this in my drill press and it works perfect all frets are all the same hight as long as you don't press one to hard that is easy to do to and hard to fix u can smash the wood

Easy fretting

By Luciano Italy from Foggia
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 28, 2013

This tool give a perfect fretting job. Heavy recommended!

Awesome product

By BradL from Stratford, CT
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 17, 2013

I'm making my first Guitar and the concept of the neck and frets scared the crap out of me. I found that StewMac has all the right tools and this is one of the best. I used the Fret Press Caul in my drill press and the Neck support under the neck to insert my frets. For kicks, I tried hammering one in a sample and there was no comparison. They made my life simple and professional looking neck. A must buy!!

Modified for my use

By XevKai from St.Clair Shores, Michigan
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 04, 2013

I don't use mine in my press. I have modified the unit by welding the chuck bit verticle. I use a light hammer to tap frets into place. It gives me an even push on the entire fret to the radius of the neck.

does what it should

By Milagra Dulce' Guitar works from Oregon
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 04, 2013

in combination with the neck support it works like a dream. Fast and easy!

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