Affordable tool for sanding guitar saddle?

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sphsieh616
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Re: Affordable tool for sanding guitar saddle?

Post by sphsieh616 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:12 am

Thomas wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:00 pm

Affordable but has any body used it ? Is it a long lasting good tool?
Any other tool affordable ?
I bought one,
It's too short for classical saddle, it's for folk guitar saddle only.

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Keith
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Re: Affordable tool for sanding guitar saddle?

Post by Keith » Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:28 am

It is easy to file a flat bottom to a saddle if you make a fence. You can do it a few ways. The easiest is to get a piece of wood or a cutting board and clamp a rule onto sandpaper and the cutting board. The fence allows you keep it straight and you can then use one finger to push and another finger to push the saddle against the fence. Another method is to affix sandpaper to a flat surface and then take a wood ruler and affix it down onto the sandpaper. You can either clamp it or drill holes and screw it in. If you are using a top where you cannot screw or clamp you could tape it. Use the side without the metal edge as your fence. Most wood rulers are only a few millimeters thick so you will have enough bone sticking above it. Now you can push with one finger while using another finger to push down on the saddle or the finger can push the saddle against the fence. You can, if needed, glue a block of wood to the back side of the saddle to be your pusher--just do not use tenacious glue

Here are a couple of photos. The green board is an inexpensive cutting board from IKEA--about $2. The two clamps run about $2 each at Home Depot.
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Thomas
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Re: Affordable tool for sanding guitar saddle?

Post by Thomas » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:00 am

Wow thanks all for your support.

mlau
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Re: Affordable tool for sanding guitar saddle?

Post by mlau » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:35 pm

I'd go with Stephen's suggestion of the emery board.
He's a very accomplished luthier, and has a no BS approach towards the craft.

Meanwhile, I'd just sneak into my office and use the German watercooled stone grinder.

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