I've decided to start working on my bridges myself, as I'm pretty picky (and fickle) with action, and want to be able to experiment without the 2 hour drive it takes me to get to and back from my luthier's workshop. He's really great, but having watched him working on my bridges these past few years, I think it's something I could - with practice - do myself, and enjoy doing. I'd like to eventually be able to make them from scratch myself, but that's a way off for me yet.
So I've got some cheap blanks to practice on from eBay (will use Dupont once I'm a bit more confident), and was looking for advice on the following:
1) Tools - I'm mostly just using sandpaper right now...what sort of files would I need to do bridge feet and string slots
2) Method - advice on cutting string slots: is it just a cut straight down with a file? I know the "half the width of the string" rule for depth...is overshooting that a really bad thing? And any tips regarding intonation when cutting a slot?
Any advice would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance,