Tool to hold Nut Files?

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  1. davidos

    davidos Member

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    Anyone know of a tool to hold nut files? I have a .10 gauge file from Stewmac that is so flimsy and floppy that it is very difficult to keep it straight when filing... I was thinking of gluing popsicle sticks to either side of it but that would only leave me with one filing surface...

    Any suggestions?
    Thx!
     
  2. SamBooka

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    I have 008 and 010 files and have no issue.. how much force are you using? I only use them for after roughing in the nut..
     
  3. Quarter

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    For something temporary, instead of gluing the popsicle sticks, maybe just wrap rubber bands around the ends, or use a couple of those little spring steel binder / paper clips things. Other than that, a nice handle / holder would be easy enough to make out of a couple pieces of scrap wood, 2 machine bolts and a couple of wingnuts.
     
  4. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    yeah, you do it wrong and that thing is snapping right in two :mad:

    i never use the .010" file except for the very last bit of filing, and often not even then.

    for anything with an angled gibson-style headstock it's the .014" file for the high E, that string is not going to "fuzz", over-ring and bounce around in the saddle like it might in a way-shallower-angle fender nut.

    with the fenders, i use the .010 to sort of lay a "track" in the middle of the .014" slot once it's done, just enough to keep the string centered in that groove and ringing clearly while not being deep enough to pinch a .010 or .011 E.
     
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  5. mike shaw

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    I use a small triangle file for most of the cut then finish with the nut file
     
  6. Ronsonic

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    I use an Xacto razor saw for most of the cutting for the E & B and just touch the bottoms with the file. I also use the saw for a starter cut for the other strings.

    I haven't tried it, and I wish I could find the link .... Someone on-line had pics of him using a door hinge folded over the file and secured with machine screws and nuts as a holder. looks like it gives support for the blade and makes it much easier to hold.
     
  7. '59_Standard

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    A hand?
     
  8. John Coloccia

    John Coloccia Cold Supporting Member

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    Hold it right over, or close to, where you're filing if it gives you problems. But follow Walter's advice. It's how I do it too. I don't use anything smaller than a .013" or .014". A slot a few thou bigger than the string is just fine. The .010 is just to stabilize Fender high E string right at the end, and it's just a light swipe or two. Doesn't take much, and it's only if the string is giving me trouble. Fender nuts are very tricky to cut right, especially the G, B and E strings. Every other guitar on the planet is a piece of cake, and the .010 sits in the tool box.
     
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  9. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    yeah, it was here on TGP! i can't seem to find it either.
     
  10. Mighty Melvin

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    Okay, here's what I did: A good hobby/craft store or a very good hardware store is going to have that display of small strips and tubes of brass and aluminum material. A 12" by 1/4" by either 1/32" or 1/16" (Your preference) strip of brass will cost you about $2.50. Cut it in half and use the two 6" pieces, clamped on with those black clamp-like paper clips (the smallest ones) on each end, to either side of the file. It's a little awkward but it's cheap and works perfectly.
     
  11. Ronsonic

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  12. David Farmer

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    A little soap on the blade helps. As does a rub on a diamond stone on each wide side.
    You will quickly see the files have some lumps and bumps that can hang them up in the slot. A real micrometer will show where the thick spots are.
     
  13. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    that never occurred to me!

    cool.
     

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