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 Post subject: Fret saw blades
PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:59 am 
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Does anyone have an alternative source for 6" .023 or .025 circular saw blades? The $115+ StewMac blade seems excessive. I know it's a speciality blade and I generally try to support Lutherie suppliers.
Also, do you send them out for sharpening, do it yourself, or dispose of used blades? On average how may fretboards do you get before the blade is dull?


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 Post subject: Re: Fret saw blades
PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:59 pm 
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I sharpen mine with a file. Pretty easy if you know how.


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 Post subject: Re: Fret saw blades
PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:33 pm 
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We used to sell similar blades at MSC Industrial. Probably McMaster too.


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 Post subject: Re: Fret saw blades
PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:49 pm 
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I use the stewmac blade also. After about a dozen fretboards and a fair amount of kerfed lining making, I just sent it out for sharpening. Haven't got it back yet but I hope it is better than new when I do.

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 Post subject: Re: Fret saw blades
PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:56 pm 
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If you buy the LMI power slotting system once, it's a 200$ investment for everything it comes with. Subsequent replacement blades are only 57$.

I did send one out to be sharpened, but they just cut new teeth in the old blade and it came back a different diameter. Which made it useless.


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 Post subject: Re: Fret saw blades
PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:26 pm 
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How about the LMI blade & a set of CMT stabilizers?

https://www.amazon.com/CMT-299-102-00-B ... B000P4NTRW

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 Post subject: Re: Fret saw blades
PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:27 pm 
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Maybe you'd get away with it. The LMI ones are 5.5", leaving ~ 1/4" blade exposure. I'd be worried about flop with the amount of blade exposed by 5" stiffeners...


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 Post subject: Re: Fret saw blades
PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:04 pm 
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meddlingfool wrote:
Maybe you'd get away with it. The LMI ones are 5.5", leaving ~ 1/4" blade exposure. I'd be worried about flop with the amount of blade exposed by 5" stiffeners...

You very well may be right.
Why else would LMI offer a solution that costs over 4x as much idunno

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 Post subject: Re: Fret saw blades
PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:31 am 
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For several years I used a “standard” 5” stiffener on 6” LMI blade and never noticed loose slots. .5” of exposed blade is not a crazy amount of exposure.

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