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A small piece of timber is needed for replacement of banjo fingerboard.

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Pretty nifty.

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Nice router ski setup! Can't wait to see the finished work.

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Nice Jig I like my Trend router also. Did you make the skis or are they store bought

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Hi Bill the ski/frame is home made and easily constructed with DIY tools. The maximum drilled
hole diameter is 1/2" and the threaded items are limited to M6 and M8 sizes for standard bolts.

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That certainly is another way to make router skis but constant sliding of the router along the rods is bound to cause wear.
My approach is rather different, as shown.
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Thanks Harry for your comments. I feel some misunderstanding exists. The frame is bolted
to the table and does not move. During cutting the router is stationary and clamped to the
horizontal rails. The sled is used to move the timber into the cutter and overlapping cuts are used
by moving the router along the horizontal rails. The two battens are used to restrain the sled when
feed directions are changed.
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This is the fingerboard with the
fret slots lightly cut. Final cutting
will be done when fret wire is
chosen. The fretboard is for an
80 year old mandolin banjo with
originally a 13.25" open string length. To make measuring easier
with a metric rule this has been
slightly adjusted to 336mm
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This is the fingerboard with the
fret slots lightly cut. Final cutting
will be done when fret wire is
chosen. The fretboard is for an
80 year old mandolin banjo with
originally a 13.25" open string length. To make measuring easier
with a metric rule this has been
slightly adjusted to 336mm
Is this mandolin going to be used to play blue grass? I sure hope so.

Don in Murfreesboro,Tn.

Measure once cut twice and it's still to short.
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Hi Don Blue Grass should be easy. looking forward to hearing Salt Creek and Arkansas Traveller.

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