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StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box

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StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box

StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box

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StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box with Fret Saw

StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box with Fret Saw

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StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box with Japanese Fret Saw

StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box with Japanese Fret Saw

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StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box

About This Item

The simplest way to cut perfect fret slots.

A StewMac original, better than ever
The guitarmakers in our shop designed this miter box. Through years of constant use and clever improvements, they've created the single best tool for hand-cutting fret slots.

Cuts smooth as glass
Your favorite fret saw will glide through the ball-bearing rollers with no jamming or chattering. You've never felt a miter saw move this freely without looseness. The bearings hold the blade perpendicular to the fretboard at a perfect right angle.

Clear view of the action
Our uncluttered design lets you see and feel the slot being cut. Set the slot depth to suit your fretwire, and the saw stops cutting when you reach that point. Easy!

Work fast with templates
Our Fret Scale Templates are made for our miter box: their notches click onto the box's index pin so you can slot an entire board quickly. No measuring! Of course, you can use the miter box without templates too.

Helping-hand thumbwheels hold the fretboard, leaving your hands free for sawing.

"You won't believe how smoothly our improved fret slotting system works!"
—Don MacRostie, StewMac R&D

The Fret Slotting Miter Box accommodates fingerboards up to 1/2" (12.70mm) thick and 2-7/8" (73mm) wide. The box is rugged aluminum, 12" (305mm) long. Hex wrenches are included for setting the rollers to fit your saw blade.

Save by ordering a miter box and fret saw together!
Works equally well with our Fret Slotting Saw or Japanese Fret Saw.


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Easily cut accurate fret slots with the Miter Box and Fret Saw.

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3.0

Exellent

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Everything is ok
Thanks !!!!

4.0

Does It's Job But...

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I like this tool but to me it's weak point is the adjustability of the saw guides. U can get the guides all equal distance from the base and square but it takes time. The adjustment screws r crude therefore only marginally helpful.
Once u get everything lined up correctly and u keep the thickness of your fingerboards the same, u can just leave it set up and u should be fine.
It does take some practice keeping the saw flat and level during cutting but the leaning curve is fairly quick.

5.0

Super Quality and Design

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This miter box is very solid and well designed to do its job really well. It is easy to use and adjust. I am making only 3 string music sticks so the thickness is outside the adjustments unless I utilize a thinner fretboard glued to the neck. Since I wanted to use a 3/4" neck in one piece I simply readjusted the guide rollers by drilling a small hole on each side and mounting them higher. Now the miter box rollers are fixed. I still can use the ability of the rollers to be a depth stop when they hit the spline of the saw. I can also make height adjustments by putting a shim under the neck. I can always put the rollers back as they were original if needed. The way this miter box is designed allows this variation and also very close tolerances.

5.0

Wonderful Tool

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Once this is adjusted, which just takes a few minutes with tools supplied and your own square, it works very well. Perfect fret slots every time.

5.0

A Unique and Competent Tool

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After a disappointing start by receiving a damaged and incomplete tool, the replacement was wonderful. I typically try to make my own tools and jigs when possible. This is one of those tools that would be hard to make on my own, and I am very pleased at the choice to buy it. Test cuts have proven accurate and easy.

5.0

Great tool

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Hi, Tom from Germany calling.
Super tppl, great quality, extrem massive and stiff, works well.
Thank you

5.0

fret slotting miter box

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Verified Buyer


The first day I cut 2 fretboards and it went perfectly.

Dave

5.0

Great quality

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I own the early version of this slotting tool and the fit and finish is great. Years later I contacted Stew Mac requesting to purchase a replacement set of brass guides and they sent them right out to. Just fantastic customer service.

5.0

Why Did I Wait So Long?

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I have been doing the repair/lutherie thing full time since 1981. In that time, I have made many fretboards for restoration work and new builds. I have tried different saws, re-setting the teeth on saws, using paraffin wax as a lubricant, you name it... I recently purchased this tool with the Japanese pull saw and cut and slotted a custom scale Brazilian rosewood fretboard with it. Amazing! It was too fast and way too easy! This tool is well thought out and simple to use. I laughed out loud as I made the final cut. The adjustable bearing brackets were a bit fiddly at first, but I quickly came up with a way to set them all the same with my dial caliper.
Way to go guys! Truly a must-have tool!

4.0

Good but not perfect

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When you get it setup right It's quick and accurate.

There is a fair amount of wiggle room in all of the adjustable components on this box. Once the screws are tightened down it's rock solid, but when they are loose you can move the adjustable pieces in and out of square. It took about 45 minutes of micro-adjusting, making test cuts, and measuring with a square before I had it dialed in as perfect as i expected it to be. Because of the somewhat loose machining, the assembly that holds the bearings has 3 key things it adjusts: depth of cut, squareness to the board, and how tight the blade is held in place. Adjusting for one impacts the other... so it's a bit of an art teasing this thing square. I'm considering just using it to score my boards and then going back in with a block and saw to cut to depth.

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