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Fret Slotting Table Saw Blade

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Fret Slotting Table Saw Blade

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Fret Slotting Table Saw Blade

About This Item

Fast and accurate! Now you can cut fret slots on your table saw or radial arm saw.

Labor saver!
Slot fingerboards quickly, cleanly and precisely, for any scale length, right on your own table saw. Ideal for production work, this is the same model 100-tooth high-topped steel blade we use here at our factory.

The outer edge of the .060" blade is specially hollow-ground to cut .023"-wide slots for our fretwire. This custom shape cuts more smoothly, and eliminates the need for an additional blade stiffener. 5/8"-diameter arbor required.

Blade dimensions

Diameter6"(152.40mm)
Thickness.060"(1.52mm)
Width of cut.023"(0.58mm) on the outer 1/4" (6.35mm) edge

Slot your own fingerboards quickly and precisely with our Fret Scale Templates and this saw blade.

Need help calculating your fret locations?
Our online fret scale calculator can calculate any scale length you want to use. It will also give you accurate measurements for locating the bridge on your instrument.


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Instructions

Product Instructions

Dual Fret Scale Template Instructions

How to determine where to cut fret slots using the Dual Fret Scale Templates.

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5.0

fret slotting blade

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Took a long time on back order ! but we have it now , and hoping it will last one year, we will soon see , this is a great way to do fret jobs ,stew mac always trying to help the luthier community !

5.0

Wonderful addition to my arsenal of bass building tools!

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Finally getting around to using this and providing my review of it. I've got to say, I'm not sure if making a perferctly measured out bass fretboard could get any easier than with this blade and the fretboard template. I took the time to make a shooting board as Dan suggests in his "How to" video and I would suggest that to everyone, regardless of the quality of your table saw. It truly makes it fool proof and awesome for a new builder like myself! I would strongly recommend this purchase.

4.0

Nice and easy to work with

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Love the SM fret slotting system for my table saw. Makes slotting fretboards extremely easy and fast. I do lots of exotic hardwoods and I wish this blade lasted longer. I can tell a great difference within 20-30 fingerboards. I make it work and have gotten over 100 with a single blade. You can see it start burning the wood and widening the slots when dulling. Only advice I can give is when doing oily woods... clean the blade after each use. The oil buildup causes slot widening. All of a sudden when you go to fret the neck, the slots are too wide for good barb seating. Still a good system. Expensive though.

2.0

It should be better for the $$...

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Its thickness is not consistent ...-0.0220"-0.0250" - (what...???)- when we are talking about installing frets with the same size, you know that some of the frets won't stay nicely fit, they will come out, no doubt, because of this issue!
I had to return it and l already start looking for a different option to finish my fret job...!

5.0

great fret blade

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i made frets by hand, and this fret blade made making frets in less than 15 min.

4.0

Real time saver, highly recommended

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I love this blade. I have the old style miter box with solid brass guides and it took nearly an hour to slot a fretboard from a hard wood like honduran rosewood or ebony. This saw blade does it in 30 seconds.

Before you slap this blade on, make sure your table saw blade is square with your miter slots and your arbor doesn't have any runout. A couple hours spent on table saw setup will make all the difference. I made a miter sled as shown in the video and used the fret slotting templates with the supplied pin.

5.0

Excellent Saw Blade!!

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I purchased one of these and it was a while before I could use it and when I did the slots were a bit too wide. I informed Stew Mac and they Promptly sent another at their cost and I returned the first one at their cost. This Saw makes quick work of making a fret board and I am Thankful and appreciate Stew Macs customer service! I have made many purchases from Stew Mac and I am always impressed and Happy with the result. This saw will be a joy to use on my future cigar box guitar projects!!

5.0

Great tool

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I don't know why I didn't buy this blade sooner. It is faster, easier and does a better job than other methods that I have used. The price seems a little high, but it was worth it.

5.0

Fret tablesaw blade

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I love this blade along the fret scale guide and a shooting board. I can now cut my frets in minutes ( use to take me hours to mark them and cut them and it wasn't always 100% accurate). Now I have no worries !

4.0

Does The Job

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Yep. This is what you need. No getting around it. I tried to grind my own. I tried to hand saw. Don't waste your time. Buy this with the notching template and be done with it.

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