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Old 08-31-2010, 11:20 AM   #1
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My new Fretboard / Inlay radiusing tool

I'm just about ready to knock a bunch of Banshee (firebirds) fretboard pearl down, something I hate doing. I normally use a radius sanding block, starting with 80 grit and work my way up doing it all by hand. Unlike a Daylighter where I can fit the neck on my 12" radius' platen on my belt sander to knock the pearl down, Banshee's I have to do completely by hand.

I have to give credit where its due, this was Dad's idea. Take a cheap Harbor Freight body shop stroke sander, ditch its platen and put on a 12" radius' platen. Since the sander only goes straight front to back, it should keep a consistent radius. At least enough to finish by hand with a hand block and 220.




It works FANTASTIC!! Saves me a bunch of time and sore muscles. Since the FB's are already radius off the CNC all I'm really doing is trying to knock the pearl down (easy on dots, PITA on blocks) to the right radius and clean up any machine marks. From there I'll go back to higher grits by hand with more radius blocks I've made.

Very simple, total cost is about 30 bucks. If I was REALLY smart, I'd build quick connects and a half dozen radius blocks to keep the right papers preloaded. Hmmm

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That's a great idea! Thank your dad for us.
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Re: My new Fretboard / Inlay radiusing tool

Wow! Guess where my next Harbor Freight 15% off coupon is going... do you think you could radius a flat fretboard with it as well?


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Old 08-31-2010, 01:19 PM   #4
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... do you think you could radius a flat fretboard with it as well?
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I don't know why not!

If I had a dollar for every fretboard I have radiused with a radius sanding block by hand...I'd have about enough to buy one of these straight line sanders.

May have to head on over to Harbor Freight myself!

Great idea Doug dad!
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:36 PM   #5
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:50 PM   #6
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Wow! Guess where my next Harbor Freight 15% off coupon is going... do you think you could radius a flat fretboard with it as well?


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I don't know why not!

If I had a dollar for every fretboard I have radiused with a radius sanding block by hand...I'd have about enough to buy one of these straight line sanders.

May have to head on over to Harbor Freight myself!

Great idea Doug dad!
Exactly, it'll do a flat board no sweat. I think I'd be tempted to put a couple of guides on a bench on the side to keep the sander pointed straight.

I think I'm going to make a couple tweaks, I'm going to epoxy the studs from the platen in to place then switch to wing nuts to hold it to the sander. Then I can just make up a dozen or so plattens of various radii and grits of paper and swap them out in about 30 seconds.
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Good to see some harbor freight love here. I just love that store!
This 20% off coupon is good until Dec 31st
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Thanks for the coupon. I just checked the site, it's on sale for $29, marked down from $39 now.

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Good to see some harbor freight love here. I just love that store!
This 20% off coupon is good until Dec 31st
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Cheap crap cheap! You know honestly HF is great for things like this. Not a super high use tool for me so I don't mind the 29 bucks

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Just happened to pass by Harbor Freight. $32.01 out the door.

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Just happened to pass by Harbor Freight. $32.01 out the door.

Thats the one! I wonder if i'll get credit from HF for creating a mini sales spike

btw I used 5/8 beach to make my radius platen out of. Worked GREAT!
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Thats the one! I wonder if i'll get credit from HF for creating a mini sales spike

btw I used 5/8 beach to make my radius platen out of. Worked GREAT!
How did you put the radius in it?

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How did you put the radius in it?

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I made the platen on my CNC. You might have to google tricks for making your own. If you get absolutely stuck I can probably knock a pair of them out for you.
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Re: My new Fretboard / Inlay radiusing tool

Great tip. I have one on order. Now I need to make a 12 degree platen. I bet if you made a dozen of them you would sell them in a heartbeat. I'd be down for one. Thanks for this post...
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Re: My new Fretboard / Inlay radiusing tool

Yes, I agree with Jim. I'd pay for one as well...


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Great tip. I have one on order. Now I need to make a 12 degree platen. I bet if you made a dozen of them you would sell them in a heartbeat. I'd be down for one. Thanks for this post...
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I'll see if can knock some out this weekend. You'll have to supply your own longer bolts though.
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Hey Doug,
I would love to buy one if it is not too much trouble or $ ... If not I am sure I can figure something out.
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I would love to buy one if it is not too much trouble or $ ... If not I am sure I can figure something out.
I think its going to depend on how much beech or other stable hardwood scrap I have laying around
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Re: My new Fretboard / Inlay radiusing tool

Well Bud,
If your gonna knock out a few 12 degree platens then i'll take one as well.

I was also thinking, you can probably retro-fit a Stew-Mac long 12" radius block?
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If your gonna knock out a few 12 degree platens then i'll take one as well.

I was also thinking, you can probably retro-fit a Stew-Mac long 12" radius block?

12" might be to short, the center-center on the bolt spacing is 13" iirc. I make the platens 20" so that it covers the entire fretboard to help keep it level.

I think I can do a pair for 35 shipped USPS flatrate here in the US (shipping is 10 dollars of that). Sound fair?
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Re: My new Fretboard / Inlay radiusing tool

I think Lou means a 12" radius. $35 for a pair is fine with me, only question is why a pair? Wouldn't one board do it? I guess you could save some sandpaper if you could just unbolt it and bolt another on...

And would you be doing the epoxied in hardware or would that be up to us?


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I'd be in for a radius block too!

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I think Lou means a 12" radius. $35 for a pair is fine with me, only question is why a pair? Wouldn't one board do it? I guess you could save some sandpaper if you could just unbolt it and bolt another on...

And would you be doing the epoxied in hardware or would that be up to us?


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Thats exactly my thoughts, you supply (and epoxy in if you want) your own pair of longer bolts. Its really not a big deal to have a pair of them then you can keep one loaded with say 80 grit and one with 150 or whatever.

I think your right, I mis-read Lou's as a 12" long. That would work though it might be very heavy for that sander.

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Sounds good to me!
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Okay I'm in for a set. Thanks for this, makes my life a lot easier with the half dozen fretboards I have coming up.


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Thanks, a pair would be great. Let me know where you want the $$ sent to.
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I'll make a posting once I get some knocked out and boxed up.

One thing is you'll want to clamp the neck or double side tape down a fresh FB to hold it. The sander will really wobble or spit it otherwise.
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I'll make a posting once I get some knocked out and boxed up.

One thing is you'll want to clamp the neck or double side tape down a fresh FB to hold it. The sander will really wobble or spit it otherwise.
Count me in for a set as well Doug.

I happen to have a new sander!
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Count me in as well Bud !
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Count me in for one, as well!

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