Category: Tools

Making a Purfling and Binding Thicknessing Jig

I build a simple jig for cleaning up and planing binding and purfling strips down to their intended dimensions, using scrap wood, an old handplane blade, a threaded rod, and a dowel.

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Prepping Lumber for Guitar Neck Blanks

I fashion a bundle of guitar neck blanks from billets of Honduran Mahogany using the jointer, table saw and planar to make them perfectly flat, square and consistent.

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Restoring an Old Craftsman Jointer

A friend gifts me a rusty old jointer! I remove the rust, level the the infeed and outfeed tables, level the fence, set the infeed table coplanar to the outfeed table, and clean the cutterhead.

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Cost of Getting Started in Lutherie

I break down some estimated costs for tools, jigs, parts and materials to get started in acoustic guitar making. I also talk about the cost of education in lutherie.

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#115 Q&A – Teak tonewood, Jackplane Angles and Katalox necks

Can you use Teak as an instrument wood? Standard angle or alternate angles for jackplanes? How does Katalox compare to Rosewood for guitar necks?

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Adding an Offset to a Rosette

I demonstrate the use of the radial rosette maker jig to add an offset to a radial rosette pattern on an acoustic guitar build. This is a follow up to the first video in this series: Making a Radial Rosette

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Making a Radial Rosette

Step-by-step, how I create beautiful, radial wood rosettes to make my guitars really stand out, visually. I’m using the Radial Rosette Maker jig available at https://www.ericschaeferguitars.com/the-radial-rosette-maker-kit/

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Introducing the Radial Rosette Maker jig

After 6 years of iterating on the design of this jig, I am proud to say that the Radial Rosette Maker is now available! The Radial Rosette Maker is an all-in-one rosette workstation that facilitates the design and creation of

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Which Clamps are Best for Kerfing?

Many builders find the classic clothespins wrapped in rubber bands to be a bit lacking. So I explore some other options for getting a perfect joint between your kerfing and your sides. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly

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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

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