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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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  • Using Magnets to Repair Side Splits
    Using Magnets to Repair Side Splits
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    Using Magnets to Repair Side Splits This Martin 000-15 came into my shop with a long split in the sides on the treble side. The owner told me that the guitar was never dropped or bumped into anything. It never experienced any kind of trauma to cause the split. Furthermore, the guitar had been repaired [...]

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  • Clamps: How many is too many?
    Clamps: How many is too many?
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    Clamps: How many is too many?   Spoiler alert. The correct answer is… You can never have too many! This is no longer a statement of opinion, but rather a statement of fact, as evidenced by this trucker hat: If a trucker hat says it, it must be true!   It is safe to say [...]

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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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  • 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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  • Stationary Equipment for Guitar Building
    Stationary Equipment for Guitar Building
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    Stationary Equipment for Guitar Building One man’s opinion on the necessary stationary power equipment for lutherie. I discuss “the big 3:” Bandsaws, planers/drum sanders, and router table setups. I also discuss ‘less necessary but still great to have’ tools like the spindle sander. Pat Hawley thickness sander plans:

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