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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 2:33 pm 
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One thing about the mando was that I wound up having to press the frets in with the same block I used to mill the board. Pretty easy with a single radius. Turns out I felt pretty good about pressing frets. I can do a great job with the hammer, but am willing to believe that a press may do an even better job and leave more fret after dressing.

Is there a press system for a compound radius out there?


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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 2:45 pm 
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https://birkonium.com/product/ultimate-fretting-caul-set/
or I just made up my own flexible caul with UHMWP and a brass strip.

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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 5:34 pm 
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Stew Mac sells fret caul inserts. I bought a couple a few years back and promptly lost them. oops_sign

https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/T ... serts.html


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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 5:35 pm 
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Pics Colin?


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meddlingfool wrote:
Is there a press system for a compound radius out there?


Check out Section 15.6.3 in the white book. Quite straight forward to make your own. The caul in Fig Fig 15.21 can be used in a press as well as a clamp.

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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 6:06 pm 
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Clearly I need to reread that book...


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Here you go. UHMWP about 8mm x 15mm curved to 10" on bottom, groove cut for fret.
Used for 12 - 18" radius frets.
Originally had brass strip screwed to bottom, but I removed and cut off the ends.


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meddlingfool wrote:
Clearly I need to reread that book...

Me too, don't remember a compound radius fret press.

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Thanks Colin and Trevor...


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Colin, how does the plastic caul work? Does it flex?


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Barry Daniels wrote:
Colin, how does the plastic caul work? Does it flex?

Yes. It's not absolutely perfect, but does a good job if you work it across the frets.

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