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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Bandsaw Setup
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Table Saw Setup
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Table Saw Tips
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Making the Acoustic Guitar Bridge Clamp
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Saddle Channel Routing Jig
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Inlay Cutting Jig
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Cutaway Attachment for Bender Jig
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How to Sharpen Chisels
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Stationary Belt Sander Fence
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Go Board Arch Mold

Bandsaw Setup

Intent on re-sawing your own top and back plates from exotic lumber? Then this article is a must read for you . We show you how to properly set blade tension, get the proper bandsaw blades and set the guide blocks like a pro so you can make flawless cut.

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Table Saw Setup

The Table Saw can be one of the most dangerous tools in the wood shop, especially if it is not set up correctly. Wood can kick back, splinter and become dangerous flying objects. Learn about blades, fence setup, trundle setup and what fences, and safety equipment you should use.

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Table Saw Tips

The table saw is the work horse of the wood shop. It is also one of the most dangerous. We have here several tips that will help you complete you table saw cutting tasks more efficiently, have better quality and make for a safer work environment.

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Making the Acoustic Guitar Bridge Clamp

If you have ever tried to clamp an acoustic guitar bridge with long reach clamps, you know what a hassle it can be to get the clamps set just right, the bridge aligned and prevent damage to the interior of the guitar. With this free PDF download you can make a great bridge clamp that makes all of these problems go away. This article is the instructional materials on how to make this easy to construct clamp.

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Saddle Channel Routing Jig

Saddle Channel Routing Jig Plans – Very detailed plans of a great tool to make life easier when cutting that all-important slot for your saddle in the bridge. Works on bridges mounted on the guitar too. Full range of adjustment for compensation, cutting length and securement to the bridge.

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Inlay Cutting Jig

Inlay Cutting Jig Plans – Very detailed plans of a great tool to make life easier when cutting shell inlays for guitar necks, headstocks and bodies. Immediate electronic download of PDF file which consists of (1) 24″ x 36″ printable plan showing the assembled jig with all dimension and complete notes. This article also instructs you how to build this useful jig for about $10.00, including air pump to blow away dust particles and convenient attachment to your workbench.

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Cutaway Attachment for Bender Jig

If you have our Heated Side Bender Jig, you will want to add this attachment so you can have the option of making those great cutaways that you see on so may handmade guitar. This jig accessory will pop right on our heated side bender and allow you to bend cutaways for (4) different guitar shapes. The plans include the complete detailed jig assembly plans, template layouts and complete notes and dimensions to easily construction this jig.

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How to Sharpen Chisels

It is a well known fact that you can hurt yourself much easier with a dull tool vs. a sharp one. This chisel honing guide takes through the process of truing up the chisel edge and utilizing the array of sharpening stones from medium grit to extremely fine grit and finally to leather strop.

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Stationary Belt Sander Fence

If you own or plan to buy a Stationary Belt Sander, one of the first accessories you will want to make for you sander is your own fence that you can easily take off and install. Many of the higher end Stationary Belt Sanders allow you to flip the cast iron table upward so you[…]

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Go Board Arch Mold

If you use a Go-Board Gluing Tool (and you should), I would advise that you make arched molds to glue up your back bracing. You will need to make a mold for each of the different back contours that you are using. This will greatly improve your glue-up efficiency time and if you plan to[…]

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