Fret Slotting Table Saw Blade

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

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Fret Slotting Table Saw Blade

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Table saw shooting board for fret slots and flexible cauls

A make-it-yourself solution for fast accurate 90 degree cuts on your table saw. Also a cool tip on making bendy, flexible cauls that follow the shapes on a guitar.


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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.


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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Stew Mac on the mark again!

By walter M from Austin, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, June 09, 2012


Saves precious time and does great work!

excellent for aluminium necks

By gseguitars from australia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 24, 2012


I reccently purchased one of these blades from stew mac to use for slotting aluminium necks. i realise they are disigned for timber slotting but ive done 2 aluminium necks (with dead accurate slots)so far and the blade is still sharp. It took only a few minutes to slot each neck. considering that previously it took hours by hand to end up with less than perfect slots this blade is a winner for me. Note for Australian customers. check your table saw will accept a 16mm arbour (most table saws in aus seem to take 20mm or larger) luckily my dewalt takes a 16mm.
Cheers

Fret Slotting Circular Saw

By Colin V M Wright from Perth, Western Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 14, 2012


This circular saw blade, when mounted in an accurately set up table saw, cuts a fine slot that readily accepts the frets, whether installed by press or soft hammer. It does however, require a sliding jig to present the fingerboard to the exposed blade at a precise angle, indexed by an accurate template. The flat plate(MDF)jig in the photo is held at right angles to the circular saw by a long timber strip that slides in the table top LHS channel, with a further two small guides on the RHS. The fret indexing guide is fixed by screws to the reversed blank fingerboard and registers on a pin in the sliding jig. The accuracy of the fret spacing is assured by the jig fixed to the fingerboard and does not require any further measurements.
I have been using the S-M pullsaw jig, which is quite satisfactory, but in my opinion, requires more care in execution to obtain the correct depth and clean cut.

This will save you time.

By Winston & Fidel from Calgary AB. Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 19, 2012


I don't think that any other tool in my shop has saved me more time and money than this blade coupled with the frett board template.

Fret Slotting Table Saw

By Don Kawalek from Bunker Hill, WV
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 11, 2012


For years I have been cutting my fingerboard slots with a .023" blade on my trusty Dremel 4" table saw. The motor died while I was using it to get fretboards ready for an upcoming Workshop. I ordered the Fret Slotting Table Saw and all I can say is WOW!!!! I did manage to find another Dremel table saw on e-bay but I will use that for other things. I will stay with my Stew Mac Fret Slotting Table Saw. It adds a great touch to the cast iron 1957 Vintage Craftsman 11" Table Saw I have had and used for the past 38 years.

Perfect for the job

By Jeff Wolters from Exeter, NH
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 01, 2012


I made a small table saw sled to hold the fret board true, and I can now cut all fret slots for a fretboard in minutes instead of hours and days by hand. I only plan to do a few fretboards a year. If you have a reasonable quality table saw it is worth it!

Wow

By Rich K from Ontario, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Can't believe how smooth it cuts, it's not carbide tipped, but there is no tear out at all. Very please with how well it cuts.

Setting up the blade

By steve s from England
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, November 19, 2011


Great service thanks. Having cut fret slots by hand, this blade should make a big difference. I fitted it onto my small bench top table saw and immediately found that the blade was not running true. This had not been apparant on thicker blades. After checking I found that the clamping discs either side of the blade were not quite square to the arbour, only by a small amount but enough to make the slot too wide. A bit of time trueing up on the lathe sorted the problem. Now it cuts just the right width. Worth checking!

Awesome!

By A. Lucas from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Best StewMac purchase I have made; by far my favourite item! Slots a fretboard in five minute on the radial arm saw. It would be hard to go back to doing it by hand now if I for some reason had to.

Ukulele fretboards

By Griffin ukulele from Bellingham wa
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Bought your fret slot blade but had to go elsewhere for ukulele templates. Just cut five soprano fretboards in about fifteen minutes. It used to take ten hours to do the same with less accuracy. blade perfect, you need to recognize the need for ukulele builders with templates for all four sizes.

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