|Project by stanley_clifton||posted 05-03-2009 12:37 AM||6693 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
I have been making an electric guitar and will be posting a link to photos of this project shortly, when it is finally complete.
During that process I knocked up a little cutting jig that was supposed to help me cut the fret slots square, which turned out to be completely inadequate resulting in mis cut frets out of square. So, I resolved to develop a better jig and that’s what your looking at here.Yes it’s crude but it’s not furniture and will live in the workshop, so I don’t really care what it looks like as long as it does the job.
I hope that its working concept is fairly self explanatory. One of the pics shows the relevant saw for reference. There is a rosewood fretboard blank clamped in for further reference. The number of these clamps may look over the top, but the intention of this is that the boad will be held by three clamps at all times as it is moved past the cutting slot. The two clamps close to the cutting slot are rather too close for comfort, but I want the piece clamped very securely either side of the cut and this arrangement will do this.
Materials are 19mm ply with bracing and fences of ash, beech and a little bit of reclaimed mahogany. The plywood has been stood around for a while and has warped slightly; this is the reason for the over-the-top bracing on the rear side. I think that the warp is coming out: I will be clamping this to the workbench with care, but in practise I don’t think that it’s a problem.
Now for some more guitar projects. I am intending to make a tele pattern with humbucker pick ups and the, hopefully feeling that I’m starting to get the hang of this, and then a Les Paul junior inspired guitar for myself. Having bought a lot of specialist tools I am not giving up guitar making now, in fact it’s starting to feel a bit like the Hotel California. Anyway this jig should make getting the crucial fret slots right a lot easier.
-- Stanley generally struggling