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Sep 27, 2020 - 5:30:13 PM
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kww

USA

610 posts since 6/21/2008

Just a quick testimonial for Stewart Mac's Jaws2. A recently acquired antique ukulele banjo is undergoing its first Arizona fall, so the wood is shrinking and a fret popped out. Really didn't feel like beating on my instrument with a hammer, so I added this to my tool collection. Works great, keeps everything properly braced, and only took about five minutes to get things back together.

stewmac.com/luthier-tools-and-...erts.html


 

Sep 29, 2020 - 10:49:37 AM

161 posts since 4/3/2009

It's actually kind of nice to read a positive post with Stew-Mac in the subject. Thanks for the review!

Sep 29, 2020 - 4:12:24 PM
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412 posts since 1/28/2011

I don't see where that hundred and fifty dollar tool does any thing better than a ten dollar plastic hammer, and it looks to me like it would take longer.

Sep 29, 2020 - 4:19 PM

412 posts since 1/28/2011

That is a hundred and fifty dollar tool. I never used one but it doesn't look to me like it will do anything a ten dollar plastic hammer won't do in half the time.

Sep 29, 2020 - 4:25:57 PM

412 posts since 1/28/2011

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Originally posted by latigo1

 


For some reason it took my first post a long time to get posted.  I thought it got lost.  Guess not.

Edited by - latigo1 on 09/29/2020 16:29:55

Oct 1, 2020 - 5:45:33 PM

kww

USA

610 posts since 6/21/2008

I've got far more experience with antique cars than antique banjos, but a lesson I learned from them is that a carefully set up press goes wrong much less often than a hammer blow. I will always seek a solution to a problem that applies slow, controllable pressure.

Oct 1, 2020 - 6:58:59 PM
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Owen

Canada

6516 posts since 6/5/2011
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I've got no experience with either antique banjos or antique cars [aside from looking at 'em]. Would it be possible to get the controlled pressure with a long-jawed Vice-Grip [with the banjo neck and fret being adequately protected, of course]?    Truth be told, I've never done any fret work on a banjo either.   ...just thinking out loud.

Edited by - Owen on 10/01/2020 18:59:59

Oct 1, 2020 - 8:26:29 PM

kww

USA

610 posts since 6/21/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

I've got no experience with either antique banjos or antique cars [aside from looking at 'em]. Would it be possible to get the controlled pressure with a long-jawed Vice-Grip [with the banjo neck and fret being adequately protected, of course]?    Truth be told, I've never done any fret work on a banjo either.   ...just thinking out loud.


I strongly considered buying just the fret die and jerry-rigging the clamp.

Oct 6, 2020 - 9:26:11 AM

Helix

USA

12970 posts since 8/30/2006

I bought just the fret die and I use it in my little drill press on a 48” work table so it’s at eye level

My fret hammer is an official Stewmac hammer

I hit frets with it to make sure they are properly seated after the fret die

Hammering makes a certain sound and has a feel that is not available with the press alone

The vise grip type are good for those who like them

I got my drill press as a mgrs’spcial at ACE hdw for $50. It’s the same machine sold at HF. I got the laser sights

For the ease of operation and leverage of my drill press, I would find this lighter duty rig suitable for doing fewer frets

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