Category - Tools & Materials

General purpose tools, tools specific to guitar construction and materials and where you can obtain them. We will also cover the different jigs, molds and construction aids and how you can build them yourself.

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Surface Sanders Part 2
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Guitar Inside Form
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Guitar Templates
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Clothes Pin Clamps
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Making Your Own Bone Nuts and Saddles
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Using a Scraper
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Side Spreader Jacks
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Guitar Templates – How To Make Templates
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Tonewood for Guitar Tops
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How to Re-saw Tonewood

Surface Sanders Part 2

Sanding Sticks: We really can’t finish the discussion of surface sanders without touching upon the value that sanding sticks adds to our arsenal of tools. These simple odd-shaped assortment of wood covered with sandpaper is often a life-safer tool when we really need them. You will find that just when you have all of the sanding sticks[…]

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Guitar Inside Form

The Inside Form is one of the most-used jigs you will have in your shop. The Inside Form if very popular with many luthiers for many reasons, which we will discuss below. Inside Forms can be used for most any acoustic instrument including acoustic and classical guitars, ukuleles, mandolins and hollow body electrics. What Are The[…]

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Guitar Templates

I have just finished publishing all of our Guitar Templates for the Georgia Luthier Supply Plans. If you plan to make more than just one guitar, you should plan to make yourself a nice professional set of templates for each guitar size and style you plan to make. They are located in the Georgia Luthier[…]

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Clothes Pin Clamps

I feel just a bit silly about writing an article just on these little Clothes Pin Clamps, but, on the other hand, I use them all the time, so I will pass this little trick on. They are used for the most part to glue linings on to the instrument sides. They replace the small 1″[…]

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Making Your Own Bone Nuts and Saddles

Years back, when by father started making and repairing guitars, he was too thrifty (i.e. cheap) to pay the high price of quality bleached bone nuts and saddles. After all, he bought all his own lumber to resaw for tops, backs and sides, he found flitches of aged spruce and hand split his own braces.[…]

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Using a Scraper

You will really get some payback by taking some time to master the use of a cabinet scraper. They are simply various shapes of harden sheet steel with a burnished edge on them, allowing you to plane down an area of wood in a hurry, while having a silky smooth finished surface. They can be used for a variety of uses as are explained in this informative article on making and using Hand Scrapers.

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Side Spreader Jacks

Not all luthiers utilize these handy jacks as they are used to hold the pre-bent guitar sides tight against an inside form. Also, if you use either our new Adjustable Inside Form, or Side Forms, you will want to use spreader jacks with these forms as well. I do use the inside form and I[…]

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Guitar Templates – How To Make Templates

Guitar Templates – You will want to make your guitar templates permanent and accurate. Learn which materials to consider for this invaluable tool and how to make a great set of templates for your guitar shop.

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Tonewood for Guitar Tops

Selection of the guitar top plate tonewood is one of the most important steps you can make in the wood selection process. The top is the most influential piece of wood that shapes the guitars volume and tone color attributes. So follow these tips and if you find some great tonewood stock, load up on it and use if for many years to come.

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How to Re-saw Tonewood

Re-sawing your own guitar wood on a bandsaw can be a bit tricky if your saw and fence are not setup perfectly. We will take you through the process step by step, including how to correct for blade drift and making test cuts to properly prepare you saw.

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