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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:57 pm 
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I'm looking for a resource for .027 thin kerf fretwork blades. Where is everyone getting theres?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:04 pm 
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I have a .028 3" circular blade I got from Thurston manufacturing.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:40 pm 
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I use Thurston blades in 0.023" for fret slotting and they are great. Very accurate cuts in wood, will hold up a set of feeler gauges by putting the end of the 0.023 blade in the slot.

I get them from - https://www.mcmaster.com/screw-slotting-saws

But to use small dia blade I made a slotting saw out of a 7" sliding miter saw.

It took some fiddling to set up the saw but I love it.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:38 pm 
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If you want hand saws, you can get there by adjusting the set of a saw that’s close. I have a dovetail saw that I pounded flat (.019”) then sharpened and set to .023”.

For my table saw, I had The Blade Mfg. Co. make me a 10” blade. They came a bit small on the kerf, so I fixed it with the set. The advantage of their blade was that they thinned it on the edge from a thicker blank so stiffeners weren’t required.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:47 pm 
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why .027 that is a very wide kerf for modern fret wire. Most blades are .023. and that is what the fret wire is mostly designed for.
Measure tang without the barb.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:14 pm 
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John I recently built a guitar with Robbie Obrien he uses .027 fret kerf size. I liked how easy the frets went in. Ive noticed that .23. just doesn't work all that great with ebony. Maybe I should just jump it down to .025.........

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:17 pm 
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FWIW, I use a .025 blade for all my guitars, which is readily available through LMI...

Before I knew that size was available, I was using a .023 and burning the slots wider with a hot putty knife. The difficulty I was having at .023 went away at .025...


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:40 pm 
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been using .023 for 20 yrs I use .0195 and .0205 wire from jescar easy

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