View Full Version : Noob: Budget fret slot saw in uk?

04-19-2015, 01:52 AM
I'm just starting out trying my hand at some cigar box or buscuit tin ukes on a tight budget. Can anyone in the UK recommend a saw for cutting fret wire slots? There's loads of fine saws on ebay but none state the kerf.

04-19-2015, 04:42 AM
The experience in the cbg world is that dovetail saws are usually the right kerf. My first fret slotting saw was a junior hack saw. If the kerf is too wide a bit of gentle hammering or filing of the sides can fix that.

04-19-2015, 05:26 AM
I did my first dozen ukes with a junior hack saw blade...and I get my fine fretwire from a guy called
Snowcouldren on eBay

04-19-2015, 09:46 AM
Thank you.

04-19-2015, 10:08 AM
Zona *thick* kerf dovetail saw, the cheapest I know of and very good. Zona do a thinner one, but thick kerf is the right version.

Snowcauldron is your man for fret wire, 2 x 1ft lengths will do a soprano, 3 for a tenor. You want the thin stuff, which I think he describes as mandolin/banjo.

04-19-2015, 10:47 AM
Have ordered a dovetail saw, and happen to have already ordered the fretwire from snowcauldron yesterday.

04-19-2015, 01:15 PM
I have the thicker Zona