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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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  • 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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  • Variable Pitch Bandsaw Blades: A No-Brainer for Resaw Work
    Variable Pitch Bandsaw Blades: A No-Brainer for Resaw Work
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    Variable Pitch Bandsaw Blades: A No-Brainer for Resaw Work This past summer I spent some time and money improving my setup for resaw work, specifically for resawing tops and back and side sets. I want to share a simple alteration that had a pretty significant impact on the quality of my cuts: That is; [...]

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  • “Knives” for Removal of Fretboards and Bridges
    “Knives” for Removal of Fretboards and Bridges
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    “Knives” for Removal of Fretboards and Bridges Well, in this case they are not really “knives.” My favorites are all kitchen spatulas modified for removing glue joints. In this episode of DIY Guitarmaking, I discuss my favorite implements for bridge and fretboard removal and for removing double stick tape on templates. Questions on this [...]

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  • Three Hacks to Improve the Flow in a Luthier’s Workshop
    Three Hacks to Improve the Flow in a Luthier’s Workshop
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    Three Hacks to Improve the Flow in a Luthier’s Workshop This episode is about improving comfort and efficiency in your guitar building workshop. I share 3 “hacks” that I’ve used to alter my environment for a better flow. 1. Radius dish workstation 2. A go-bar deck that goes 3. Workbench lightbox My instructional article [...]

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  • Chisel Sharpening
    Chisel Sharpening
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    Chisel Sharpening   I discuss hand sharpening and honing chisels with sandpaper and a granite block, and sharpening using a powered system with dry abrasives: the worksharp 3000. This is an excerpt from The Online Guitar Building School course “Building an OM Acoustic”   ‹ #28 Cutting the Scarf Joint #30 Creating a Headstock [...]

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  • Guitarmaking Q&A for October 2018
    Guitarmaking Q&A for October 2018
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    Guitarmaking Q&A for October 2018 Today’s topics include: bending florentine cutaways, sourcing guitar plans, creating headstock inlays, deciding the dimensions of a mortise and tenon, installing fretboard inlays on a finished guitar, radiusing fretwire, and radiusing the soundbox. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips from DIY Guitarmaking   Want [...]

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