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    Default truss rod slot cut

    I want to try my table saw, how many blades do you guys put on the saw ? I have heard up to 3 . i have been using a router, and a bit , with a kind of a "rise" shim on the neck to route from deep in the neck to closer to the peghead. hope you all understand this. So, I guess the question in here is how do you cut your truss rod slots? I am using a straight stew-mac rod
    Mike Marrs

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    Default Re: truss rod slot cut

    Before carving anything, I take a 3/8 in piece of scrap and tack glue it to about where the nut will be located.. the slot is cut 1/4 in wide and should be 5/8 at the heel and 3/8 at the nut.. this makes a nice tapered straight line cut.. I just use my normal saw blade and just move it out a little after the first cut.. it can be a little tricky to maintain the 1/4 in channel.. usually about two passes of the blade is enough....
    kterry

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    Default Re: truss rod slot cut

    I bought a slotting cutter for the table saw. The slot is cut in one pass. I use a temporary shim tack-glued at the nut position for a 'tapered' slot depth.

    (For a few pics, go to the bottom of the page:https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...hlight=hamlett)

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    Default Re: truss rod slot cut

    Quote Originally Posted by sunburst View Post
    I bought a slotting cutter for the table saw. The slot is cut in one pass. I use a temporary shim tack-glued at the nut position for a 'tapered' slot depth.

    (For a few pics, go to the bottom of the page:https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...hlight=hamlett)
    I don't own any power tools except handdrill and a crappy old Dremel-like tool so for this job I visit my friend and use his router table and set a fence. On early builds I used to do it with chisel and a scraping tool to finish the bottom (pre-cut the edge lines with knife before bulk wood removal).
    Adrian

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