Fret saw

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Steve Sawyer
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Fret saw

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I’ve been using a LMI fret slotting daw, and don’t care much for it. It doesn’t cut smoothly at all and binds in the cut. Seems I always have to go back and deepen the kerf after radiusing, and used a dozuki this time. Big mistake. Cuts beautifully but the sides of the teeth are sharp and will widen the slot very quickly. Teflon fret dams, ebony dust & CA fixed the fret slots I damaged, so I’m okay at this point, but wondering if there is a better saw out there. Stew Mac offers a dozuki fret slotting saw, but cautions that it should not be used free-hand for the reason I discovered.

If not, I may just try waxing the blade on this LMI saw next time and see if it works any smoother.
==Steve==

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Re: Fret saw

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Try sharpening the fret saw before you use it the next time. Saws from the factory are seldom sharp.

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Steve Sawyer
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Re: Fret saw

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Bob Gramann wrote:Try sharpening the fret saw before you use it the next time. Saws from the factory are seldom sharp.
Ugh. My saw sharpening skills are atrocious. Almost ruined a saw trying to learn how. Might have to enlist the help of a “galoot” I know.
==Steve==

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