StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box

StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box

StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box

StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box

Item # 2230
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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.


Used with the Fret Slotting Miter Box

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Fret Slotting Miter Box Instructions

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

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4.5
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4.0

Works right from the get-go

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I had a homemade fretting jig, along with a fret scale ruler, and it worked. But only to a point! I always felt that my slots were getting out of square by the time I got to the 12th or 14th fret. So I bought the StewMac tool.

Well , it works very well!! All my slots are now exactly the same depth and are perfectly square to my fretboard centre line! Yay!!

My only quibble would be to have more detailed instructions to the set-up before your first cut. I had already cut my fretboard at the nut end, and I work from right to left, so it took me a while to figure out my starting point.

4.0

Fret slot Cutter

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Verified Buyer


I purchased this tool to properly cut fret slots in my first Ukulele build. The tool is made well but it takes a while too set it up, I had to take the sides off of my jig to get them square to the bottom, But other than that it was in good shape.I didn't purchase the scale template that would make this job a lot easier because its expensive & it was easy to cut the slots without it it just takes a bit longer. I would reccomend this tool. It works good for trimming binding etc.

3.0

Works great. Needed minor modifications.

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Verified Buyer


Works beautifully and it's a solid piece. Only 2 minor complaints. One of the thumb screws was too large for its slot, and I had to use pliers to turn it. I had to file it down. The bolt itself was wobbly on one side so I flipped the black rectangular piece over and used the other side of the thread
Works fine now. The little screws that hold it in place now face the inside, but it doesn't inhibit the function of the tool.

4.0

Perfect for the small scale maker.

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Verified Buyer


Downside was the poor fit of the sliding plastic depth adjusters. This was totally cured by inserting three layers of copper foil (as used for shielding) into the base of the slot in the blocks, making a total thickness of 0,008". Now slackening them off by half a turn allows adjustments to be made without changing the fit or angle of the sawblade. If the slot was cut .008" less in depth this would probably have the same effect.

4.0

Really 4.5 stars

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Verified Buyer


This miter box works very well for slotting fingerboards. I do wish it had the ability to easily slot something thicker like a 1 piece Tele style neck. It's a little pricey, but it will eventually pay for itself. Making a mistake on a rare exotic or highly figured fingerboard would be very costly.

3.0

roller bearing contact issue

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Verified Buyer


out of the box, I could not get the front bearings ( StewMac label side) to contact the saw body, tried every adjustment , finally had to ream out bearing guide slot to allow lower bearing to contact saw blade, was out by .025. Frustrating ! That said, once I modified it, it does work very well, using the template, fixing fingerboard with thin dbl.sided tape, and a stop block on nut side, it works very well, I am using #5744 saw. Not sure if this is a design or quality control issue.

Response from StewMac


Hi Robert,
Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We apologize for your frustrating experience. The miter box should not require any modification before being able to use it. Thanks to your comment, we have triple checked our miter boxes for this issue, and are happy to report all are in perfect alignment. We'll follow up with you to make sure you're satisfied with your miter box, and do whatever it takes to make things right. If you ever need to contact us with an issue, our friendly Customer Support Team is available and always happy to help: 1-800-848-2273 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm EST).

5.0

Just wow....

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Verified Buyer


Easy to set up...easy to use...excellent results...

I chose the version with the Japanese saw. I think it is almost as quick to use as a circular saw jig, in that it took me 20 minutes to cut the frets with this and I wasn't in a rush. OK, you can do it in five on circular saw, but without either, it takes a couple of hours, and that's just marking out.

Tolerance is well within the scope of even the most pedantic guitar maker, and lets face it, that'd be up against some pretty stiff competition, because if you aren't picky, you won't build a good guitar.

I have heard complaints that it isn't easy to set up...use a good square and it's Childs play, and can be done very quickly.

My only gripe is UK customs...I had to pay an additional $130 (there were other items in the order to be fair); but even so, it's still a lot, however, I'd still pay it again for something this good...and besides, tax is not a product fault; it's design cannot be faulted...

4.0

Pretty good, a couple of minor gripes

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Verified Buyer


I bought this on an impulse after failing to find pre-slotted fingerboards of the material I wanted.

I purchased the combo kit with the saw; the saw I ordered was the Stew-Mac version, along with the "Fender" scale template. Overall I'm very impressed with the quality of each of these items. The template in particular looks like there is no way it could wear out short of outright destruction.

My first fingerboard, of nicely figured maple, was a success. It took a little while to get the jig set up, but not too bad. I do have a couple of minor gripes about the design, though.

There is quite a bit of play in the vertical slots that allow adjustment of the parts that hold the bearings. So the vertical alignment between the bearing faces shifts when you make vertical adjustments. It makes adjustment an iterative process, between setting the height and re-setting the gap between the two sets of bearings. I'm not likely to have to do these adjustments very often, so, now that I have it set the way I want, it's not a huge issue. I have to admit to a few blasphemous utterances during the process, though.

My other beef has to do with the clearance between the work piece and the bottom bearings. If you set the height to cut deeper than usual, there isn't much clearance to allow you to lift the template off the index pin when moving from slot to slot. A little bit more clearance, even .05" or so, would help a great deal in my application.

Other than that, it's a nice tool, and I expect that for anyone who is contemplating building more than a couple of guitars it would be a worthwhile investment.


5.0

Easier than buying a pre-slotted board

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Verified Buyer


I have held off buying one of these for several years, but after using it, I see I should have purchased it years ago. After a quick setup, this miter box makes fret slotting a joy. It's easy to set the fret slot depth, and the two clamps hold the fretboard securely in place while slotting. I use mine with the Japanese fret saw. I only wish StewMac made a fret scale template in 33.25", my preferred scale length.

5.0

Fret slot miter box..

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Verified Buyer


Excellent tool, well thought out. If you don't own a vernier caliper, buy or borrow one, then use it to set this up correctly. If you don't take the time to do this, you will be fighting it rather than allowing it to easily do its work. Make sure you tighten the Allen heads when done with set up!

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