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Author:  Morgan [ Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Bending fretwire

I need to bend some fret wire, is there a pitfall to simply cutting an arc of MDF, routing a slot in the edge for the tang and bending around that?

Author:  tippie53 [ Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:24 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Bending fretwire

I made my own with a hole saw made 3 rollers with the top one in the middle and a thin slot for the tang
I don't have a pic but it looks something like this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV804LQDll0

Author:  ruby@magpage.com [ Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:12 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Bending fretwire

I did what you are proposing to touch-up wire and increase the bend a little where needed. Mine is yellow pine with a saw kerf that followed a pencil line. I poked around and found a backsaw in the stash that was a slip-fit for the wire. Works fine for my purposes, but all the wire I have bought came pre-bent so i have never had to do the whole job with it

Ed

Author:  phavriluk [ Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Bending fretwire

I made a fret bending jig from a drawing I fished from somewhere online. Had a parts list of all the bearings and rollers and handles and fasteners, and every bit came from my local True Value guitar tool store. Except for the UHMW cutting board I used for the body, that came from Target. Works just fine and didn't take but a couple of hours to build.

Author:  MaineGeezer [ Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Bending fretwire

You may want something harder than MDF so the tang is a good stable non-wiggle fit in the groove, but I think it ought to work.

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