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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Dremel Rotary Tool
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My Favorite Stationary Tools
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Power Tool Substitutions
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Headstock Detailing Part 3
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Violin Finger Planes
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Surface Sanders – Part 1
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Japanese Pull Saws
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Clamps and More Clamps
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Gluing Tips
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Luthier Handtools

Dremel Rotary Tool

The Dremel Rotary Tool – An Incredible Luthier Tool! Where would I be without my Dremel? This tool has proved to be just the ticket for many duties, that I can’t even name them all. Dremel are light, powerful, dependable and one of the most versatile tools you can get your hands on. Couple one with[…]

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My Favorite Stationary Tools

Every luthier has a collection of power tools that they love or love to hate. Since I have been involved in woodworking since 8th grade and studied under my father who was a carpenter, furniture worker and luthier, I have seen my share of woodworking tools. Over the years I have learned an very important[…]

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Power Tool Substitutions

In this article I want to focus on those of you who may not have access to either a Band Saw or a Drill Press. Both of these items are quite costly to purchase if you are tight on funds or only plan on making a single guitar or two. In particular the Classical Guitar[…]

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Headstock Detailing Part 3

Since the Classical Guitar has so much more detail in its headpiece vs. the simplicity of the standard acoustic guitar, we have dedicated a additional posts to completing the process. Note that this article also applies to the Ukulele Slotted Pegged and the Acoustic Guitar Slotted Pegged Tools and Materials: Woodworking Marking Knife Plexiglas Template Needle[…]

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Violin Finger Planes

Looking for one of the best kept secrets in guitar building? It’s the violin finger planes. They have razor-sharp blades, have either rounded soles or straight soles and come in a variety of sizes. They are ideal for getting into difficult to access areas and give you much more control that the larger wood chisels. Plus, they are a beautiful little tool, being constructed mostly from brass.

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Surface Sanders – Part 1

Making Surface Sanders: Sanding sticks and Surface Sanders are some of the simplest and also the most valuable shop aids you can have around. You can hog out a lot of wood and finish it with a razor sharp chisel, but you will still have a need to sand it smooth, especially for finishing work.[…]

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Japanese Pull Saws

If you don’t have any experience with these saws, then take note of this article. These saws have saved so much of my time, I can’t even begin to tell you what a life-saver they have been. My trusty Dovetail Saw used to do most of my evil little chores, but if not kept in[…]

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Clamps and More Clamps

Luthiers And Their Clamps: Luthiers can never have enough clamps. That’s almost like saying women can never have enough clothes or kids can never have enough toys. But it IS true. Just when you think you have enough of one kind of clamp, there is a need for 2 more or a different clamp. But[…]

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Gluing Tips

Believe it or not there are some definite tricks to gluing parts of the guitar correctly. If you get too much glue on the wood guitar parts, it will at a minimum, give you a messy cleanup chore and possibly a poorly glued or structurally insufficient joint. Glue is intended to act as only a very[…]

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Luthier Handtools

One of the first things that comes to mind from first time instrument building is, what are the minimum tools that are required to make a good stringed instrument, and what experience is required? The purchase of proper tools is one of the most important decisions that can be made. Buying poorly made tools can not only be[…]

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