View Full Version : Couple of questions

10-10-2009, 01:13 AM
Can you use a regular set of diagonal pliers to cut fret wire or do you have to use fret nippers? I searched but can't find an answer.

Also, does anyone know where I can find plans to build a bending iron? My searches have revealed that for your first build project the consensus is to use a bending iron, but I can't find instructions on how to build one.


10-10-2009, 02:18 AM
You can get by with diagonal or line pliers. It might be a little hard to cut, if the handles aren't long enough. I have a small compound cutter that I use to this day.

Our bending iron is a length of aluminum pipe, screwed to some angle iron, with a propane torch for heat. You don't really need a plan to build a pipe bender. As long as you can attach a pipe to something rigid and get it about as hot as a frying pan, you'll be fine.

10-10-2009, 03:38 AM
great, thanks

10-10-2009, 04:00 AM
I just cut it with the dremel disc...but thats cuz I'm to cheap to buy nippers.

10-10-2009, 05:28 AM
I just cut it with the dremel disc...but thats cuz I'm to cheap to buy nippers. I've seen a guy on a video just knock them in and waggle the overhang back and forth until it breaks off :eek:

dave g
10-10-2009, 05:36 AM
I use side cutters then wiggle until it breaks off.

10-10-2009, 05:48 AM
sounds like an awful lot of work haa

10-10-2009, 10:06 AM
Fret nippers have the faces ground so that you can make the cut very close to the fre board. Regular pliers work fine, but leave a longer overhang to be filed flush. It's what I do.


Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-10-2009, 10:26 AM
I use end nippers I bought at Home Depot and have ground the jaws flat to a single bevel.

10-10-2009, 10:56 AM
Way to go, Chuck. I must do that - it'll save me a lot of filing.


10-11-2009, 08:25 AM
Check this out. http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19423&page=3