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Fret Press Caul, Caul only

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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

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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.

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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5.0

Only way to insert fret wire

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Using this caul in my arbor press has been a life saver when it comes to my ukulele builds. The wires go in uniformly with absolutely no damage to the fret board. This tool has been a godsend for me.

5.0

fret press caul

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I used my own arbor press and cinched my frets into the slots.

1.0

Non leveling Press

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Fretting a Flat new Rosewood Fingerboard resulted in random fret depths in the order of 10-15 thousandths side to side on 40% of the frets. The Fret press caul was used with a similar press to the SM #4480, with a Steel flat plate under the fingerboard with the steel plate resting on the extended level feet off the press. The fingerboard was centered under the shaft of the press and the frets were fully pressed into the fingerboard.
The result was uneven seating , fret to fret and side to side.
I have had to remove and reset about 40% of the frets and redo them by hammering them in.

I would not recommend this tool.

5.0

awsome !!!

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This is by far the best way I have found to install frets. Rather than noisily banging away with a hammer for what seems like forever, this presses the frets in nice and quiet and fast. The result is much more accurate than any hammering job, requiring much less leveling and dressing afterwards.

As the caul swivels in the drill press, it is self-aligning to a degree. Rather than pressing the entire fret straight down, I prefer to press one side, then the other, and then the center, much the same way you would hammer a fret. There is much less stress on everything that way as well. You'll still want a fret hammer for touch-ups, but you won't need it much. And don't forget the glue - I like white glue for frets - it makes the installation much stronger, dries clear, and cleans up easily.

5.0

Where have you been all my life?

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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.

5.0

factory fret job

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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.

5.0

Perfect jobs

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Useful and well constructed.

5.0

works as advertised

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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.

5.0

Works like a charm in my drill press.

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Way better than pounding!

5.0

perfect

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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

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