Tag - luthier tools

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Dremel Rotary Tool
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Power Tool Substitutions
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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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Thickness Sanding Back Plates
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Luthier Handtools
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Shop Safety
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Resawing Tonewood

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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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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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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Thickness Sanding Back Plates

One of the harder operations in the luthier trade is sanding the top plate and back/side sets to a consistent thickness. This is most easily completed with thickness planer and or a thickness sander, and if this is the equipment used in your shop, you need not read this article. If you do not posses a thickness planer[…]

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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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Shop Safety

If you are building your first stringed instrument, you should have a basic knowledge of woodworking tools, their function, capacity and a knowledge of how to use them. If you don’t, I would suggest getting your hands on a good woodworking book and do some in-depth studying on the subject. Another option is to take[…]

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Resawing Tonewood

If you decide to get serious about lutherie as a hobby or as a profession, at some point in time you will want to explore merits of resawing wood. Now I’m not talking about logging here, but the purchase of lumber from qualified sources and sawing up the rough lumber yourself, using your shop equipment (i.e.[…]

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