Category: Tools

#69 14 Mistakes to avoid when building your first acoustic guitar

I talk about some of the mistakes that beginner luthiers make on their first acoustic guitar. #1 using woods of opportunity or reclaimed wood #2 using expensive wood #3 using highly figured wood #4 biting off more than you can

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#63 Why I like Evo Gold Fretwire

What’s the difference between EVO Gold, Nickel Silver, and stainless steel frets? I talk about the aesthetic appeal, the hardness, the longevity, and the tone of Evo Gold fretwire versus the others. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly

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#62 Template Duplicating Solutions Part 4 – Curves and Corners

This series looks a improving your results when duplicating patterns in the shop. This is especially important for luthiers as we use templates for headstock, bridge, guitar body, and fretboard tongue shapes. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly

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#60 Template Duplicating Solutions Part 2 – Router Bit Options

This series looks a improving your results when duplicating patterns in the shop. This is especially important for luthiers as we use templates for headstock, bridge, guitar body, and fretboard tongue shapes. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly

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#59 Template Duplicating Solutions Part 1 – Cleaning Bits

Routers can be a serious source of frustration for woodworkers. I designed this series of videos to explain the solutions to common router problems that I’ve identified. I’ve specified pattern bits because pattern, or template, routing is a very common

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#57 The One Tool that I Carry Everywhere

This episode features the one tool that I keep on my person at all times in the shop: The Gerber EAB Lite utility knife. I also give tips for maintaining flat surfaces by trimming the ends on your sanding blocks

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#54 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

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#49 “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

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#37 Making the Most out of the Robert O’Brien Mortise and Tenon Jig

Episode #37 is an excerpt from The Online Guitar Building School. This video isĀ about a jig that I absolutely love! The Robert O’brien Mortise and Tenon Jig (AKA Neck Angle Jig). There are alot of things about using this jig,

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#30 Creating a Headstock Template

In this excerpt from the Online Course, I demonstrate a practical method for creating a headstock template, whether copying your peghead design from plans or designing your own. Creating a simple Martin style paddle shape certainly simplifies things. However, I

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