Homemade fret/fingerboard leveller

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vandenboom
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Homemade fret/fingerboard leveller

Post by vandenboom » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:20 pm

I have puddled on up to now without one of these...
https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/T ... elers.html
To flatten a handplane base, we can use wet/dry on a sheet of plate glass so i wondered about doing the same with 16" length of 50mm x 25mm gal box tube steel. Do u think this good produce an equivalent outcome to the purchased product?
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Re: Homemade fret/fingerboard leveller

Post by 56nortondomy » Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:07 pm

I use a spirit level that i've shortened to about 400mm with wet and dry glued to it, it was an old one I had laying around.
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Re: Homemade fret/fingerboard leveller

Post by lamanoditrento » Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:13 am

I saw a cheap one on etsy the other day. I haven't bought one so I can't speak to the quality etc but the price is very appealing:

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/2754665 ... ch_click=1
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Re: Homemade fret/fingerboard leveller

Post by Geoff » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:34 pm

Made one from an old smoothing file and a QLD maple offcut. Very happy with its performance. Inspired by Stewmac
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Re: Homemade fret/fingerboard leveller

Post by vandenboom » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:12 pm

Thnx Geoff. What is its length?
I looked at getting a longer (12") fine mill file once for fret levelling but struggled to get one that was truly flat. I went to a reputable engineering tool supplier in melb , checked 8 of his stock sgainst my precision straight edge but couldn't find a good one.

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Re: Homemade fret/fingerboard leveller

Post by jeffhigh » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:09 am

IMHO length is vital,
A 16" beam with 320 grit is far superior to a shorter file, even if you get a good one.

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