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  • Making an Offset, Radial Rosette
    Making an Offset, Radial Rosette
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    Making an Offset, Radial Rosette I create some offset radial rosettes for my ES2.OMC model Guitars and share the process of cutting and installing radial sections, routing the pocket and installing the rosette. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips from DIY Guitarmaking   Want to really learn more!? Take [...]

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  • Install a “Workbench Light-box”
    Install a “Workbench Light-box”
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    Install a “Workbench Light-box” Functionally, A lightbox is nothing more than a translucent, backlit work surface. Ordinarily this takes the form of a wooden box which houses a light source and has one face of clear Plexiglas or acrylic. This box can be pulled out when needed and stowed away for later use. Installing a backlight directly into your regular [...]

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  • Tools – Eric Schaefer Guitar Building School
    Tools – Eric Schaefer Guitar Building School
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    Tools –This is a free video from the “Building an OM Acoustic” Course. Click here for more free video tutorials. In this lesson we will discuss various tools around my shop. This is just to get the gears..

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  • Making Guitar Mold Spreaders
    Making Guitar Mold Spreaders
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    #23 Making Guitar Mold Spreaders For this episode I am using an excerpt of The Online Guitar Building School’s Building an OM Acoustic series. This video walks you through the construction of upper, waist, and lower bout spreaders to fit your guitar mold. Was this useful? I would love to hear your questions or comments! I [...]

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  • Radial Rosettes: Building the Radial Rosette Maker
    Radial Rosettes: Building the Radial Rosette Maker
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    Whether following plans from a kit or building from scratch, the rosette is an opportunity for the luthier to be creative and flaunt their?artistic skills. A?rosette pattern designed with artistic discernment and then executed with the utmost precision is the envy of instrument makers everywhere. So what is a?radial?rosette, you say?

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  • Radial Rosettes: Making a Basic Pattern
    Radial Rosettes: Making a Basic Pattern
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    Radial Rosettes: Making a Basic Pattern   *Note: The jig used in this tutorial can be constructed using the plans provided at this link: Radial Rosettes: Building the Radial Rosette Maker. I cut my scrap material (In this case, Zebrawood) into 2″ strips. I prefer the material to be approximately 1/8″ in thickness, give or take [...]

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  • Jointing and Joining the Plates
    Jointing and Joining the Plates
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    Jointing the center seam of the soundboard is often the very first thing I like to do when I receive parts from a tonewood supplier. There is no better way to get acquainted with your soundboard-to-be than taking thin, wispy shavings off of it with a handplane.

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  • A Better Neck Carving Fixture
    A Better Neck Carving Fixture
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    A Better Neck Carving Fixture I talk about the neck carving jig that I use, and the reasons why I think it is a better way to shape and contour a guitar neck. I also show you how to build this simple jig. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips [...]

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  • Keeping a Luthier’s Notebook
    Keeping a Luthier’s Notebook
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    Keeping a Luthier’s Notebook A quick-tip on maintaining a notebook to improve your build process, and keep your guitar building shop rolling efficiently! Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips from DIY Guitarmaking   Want to really learn more!? Take a class with Eric Schaefer and build your own guitar [...]

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  • Simple Saddle Thicknessing Jig
    Simple Saddle Thicknessing Jig
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    Simple Saddle Thicknessing Jig While working on some of the final touches to Nick’s guitar, I make a simple fixture for holding the saddle blank. This makes the task of thicknessing the saddle to fit the saddle slot ( a task that I’ve never really liked) a breeze! Want more of this? Subscribe below [...]

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  • Making the Rosette – Video Tutorial
    Making the Rosette – Video Tutorial
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    Making the Rosette – Video Tutorial Eric Schaefer Guitars’ Online Guitar Building School   This is a free video from the “Building an OM Acoustic” Course. Click here for more free video tutorials. Was this useful? I would love to hear your questions or comments! I try to answer every e-mail I receive, so please [...]

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  • Making a Shooting Board – Video Tutorial
    Making a Shooting Board – Video Tutorial
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    Making a Shooting Board – Video Tutorial Eric Schaefer Guitars’ Online Guitar Building School   This is a free video from the “Building an OM Acoustic” Course. The shooting board is a jig used in conjunction with a handplane to square up stock. The workpiece rests [...]

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