My home made fret press

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  1. andy007

    andy007 Premium Member

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    I've been watching youtube videos of how guitar builders do fret work. I liked quite a few of the youtube videos from Chris at Highline Guitars. I modified a Harbor Freight arbor press as many of you have done. This works great for bolt on guitar necks but not for re-frets on set necks or neck through guitars. Especially not for Axcess style guitars.

    I saw a fret press that had a screw press mounted on a beam and there was enough room to slide the actual guitar body under the beam. That gave me an idea for a fret press suspended on a horizontal beam. I removed the handle and ram from my arbor press and used those parts to build a "beam" style fret press. There is a Metal Supermarket store nearby that sells scrap metal at a reduced price. So I picked up four pieces of bar aluminum and built this prototype "beam" fret press. The only thing left to do is to build a bracket for each end to hold it up off the bench top. I used four pieces of aluminum and drilled ten holes. Oops, 12 holes. Two holes were mistakes. I'm going to test it out later this week.






     
  2. Skyjerk

    Skyjerk Meatbomb

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    As a guy that mainly builds neck-through guitars I say "Well done"! :)
     

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