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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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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.


Video

Instructions

Product Instructions

Radius Block Basics

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

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5.0

Great leveling tool

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I've been eyeing these radius-sanding beams for quite a while. Finally took the plunge and couldn't be happier. If you're on the fence, go for it. I don't know what I waited so long for. Perfect for fretboard and frets.

3.0

Good but!

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Unless you are ready for an extreme workout don't but this thing. I am 67 years old and let me tell you something, this thing gave me an extreme workout. If you are trying to radius a hard piece of wood this can be pretty grueling. You better use the coarsest grit you can use until you need to finish it. Even with the weight of the tool it is not an easy task. That being said it does the job depending on your steady hand. It is very well made and quite heavy which does help some. I believe I will get my boards with the radius already cut the next time.

5.0

Best tool for fretboard work

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I have used sanding blocks for final shaping of fretboards. I always wanted one of these but the cost seemed too high, until after seeing a picture of it used to remove a fretboard. After several months attempting to remove a fretboard that seemed inseperable from the neck I used this with a clothing iron resting on the fretboard with frets for an hour and the fretboard popped off with a little force. The fretboard had a bad bend in it from previous attempts so I put it on the sanding block after spraying it wet and ironed it. Now I can repair the truss rod and reassemble it. I will use it as a glueing clamp as well and then for leveling the frets. Wish I had bought the sandpaper strips that fit.

5.0

Excellent!

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Really strong and light!

5.0

great tools

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The Aluminum Radius-sanding Beam are VERY helpful so I thank you a lot and rate it 5 stars

4.0

Great but should be wider

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The Aluminum radius sanding beam is the best quality beam on the market. However it is, as are all of StewMac's radius blocks, too narrow for 5 string bass guitars. The should all be made 3.25" wide.

5.0

Works so fast

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This tool certainly speeds up the process of levelling the frets. I havent used it yet in the gluing process as yet

5.0

Great tool for new or refret leveling

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Great tool, use for leveling finger boards & frets. Machined well, fits the hand and does a great job.

5.0

Straight as a razor!

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Been using wood blocks for so long I didn't know what I was missing! This tool has cut my fret finishing time considerably and has more than paid for itself!

5.0

wow kickass tool

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omg stewart Mac, make guys like me (DIY) work like PRO this is a perfect tool for level fretboard, level freet, press fret etc etc it will make your job look well made in the end, i love this beam my guitar dosen¦t play anymore , she sings!!!!!! :)

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