Tag - guitar making tools

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Go Board Tool
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Surface Sanders Part 2
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Guitar Inside Form
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Clothes Pin Clamps
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Using a Scraper
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Stationary Belt Sander Fence
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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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Violin Finger Planes

Go Board Tool

One of the guitar specialty tools you should have to do without. Have you ever heard of a “Go-Board“? That is the slang term for a great jig or specialized Luthier tool that will quickly and efficiently aid in gluing braces to the top and back plates. If you have ever have tried to glue top braces on[…]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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