Adventures in Lutherie #4: Miter box for fretting

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 11-18-2016 08:27 PM 1178 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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[Above] Recently I had to cut fret slots on a fingerboard for a mountain dulcimer. I decided to build a miter box specifically for this. A standard miter box is too wide for this and the slot is a bit sloppy for my dovetail saw. I grabbed some scrap plywood which happened to have a decorative edge on it and screwed the two sides onto a bottom piece. This assembly was then screwed onto a wider base piece to allow me to clamp it in place. The whole thing has some weight to it as well, so even without clamping (still recommended) it won’t move quite as much as otherwise. I created the slot using my dovetail saw and a speed square and sawed down to just below the height of the finger board in question.

[Above] This is how it is used. Now I just need to find a place to keep it until next time.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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