FRETWORK / FRET CUTTING JIG
The Fretting Vice - Fret Cutting Jig assists detail work including length cutting and tang removal, enabling these tasks to be accomplished using basic workshop tools.
This is made possible through the provision of clamp plates / jaws with a simulated fingerboard radius. The jaws are separated by a parallel gap for the tang which permits easy removal/re-seating of the fret and ensures positive clamping of the fretwire.
The fretwire tang is clamped by tightening the allen key clamp screws.
JIG COMPONENTS & DESCRIPTION
The jig body comprises of an aluminium backplate with 2 precision dowel location pins onto which the interchangeable fret profile clamp plates and the tang gap spacer washer are mounted.
The jig can be clamped in a bench vice or permanently fixed in a suitable position via the two mounting holes.
BASIC WORKSHOP TOOLS
The fretwire can be accurately cut to length using a fine tooth junior hacksaw, the tang can be removed with a small needle file.
TWIST/DISTORTION FREE ENDS
As the fretwire is firmly clamped on the tang either side of the central jig slot, snagging of the fret wire and distortion of the fret ends is avoided as the cut is made.
Waste is reduced and the the cut produces a clean/usable end for the next fret start.
FRETBOARD RADII COMPARISON
The jig plates provide a useful reference for comparison against when forming / bending fretwire.
Photo showing typical content - (Fret Profile Plates supplied will be dependent on option selected).
CLAMPING & CUTTING FRETWIRE IN THE JIG
Tighten the clamp screws and cut through into the centre slot using a fine tooth fretsaw/hacksaw (32 TPI is recommended).
DEBURRING FRET ENDS / FRET TANG REMOVAL
The ends can be deburred in the jig.
The tang can be easily removed with a needle file if necessary.
The jig can be turned on its side in the bench vice for convenient access.
ACCURATE PRE-CUT FRETS
The jig will enable frets to be pre-cut accurately to length, without distortion and with a minimal amount of material left on each end for finishing on the instrument.