Category: Tools

Best Kerfing Clamps for Guitar Building | How to Make Them

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, I show you how I modify c-clamps to make the perfect clamps for installing the kerfed lining on an acoustic guitar.

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Buying Equipment for Guitar Making – Podcast Ep. 9

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, I discuss stationary power tools and the considerations that go into purchasing them for a luthier’s shop.We cover the bandsaw, the table saw, the planer, the drum sander, industrial thickness sanders, belt sanders,

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Shop Rounds | Tru Oil, 000 Guitar Design, Tuner Counterboring, Shop Filtration

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, I talk about the use and application of Tru Oil as a guitar finish, my new short scale 000 design, a new set of bits for counterboring the tuner washers, and the Axiom

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Inlay Cutting Tips

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, I share some tips for cutting guitar inlays including what tools to use, techniques for using the jeweler’s saw, and how to plan out your cuts so that your work comes out the

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The Chaos Behind the Scenes at Eric Schaefer Guitars

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making: A look at the shop when it becomes overwhelmed with projects and dust. I also talk about future plans for dust collection and some tool storage fixtures that I am building.

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Interview with Jim Harris – Podcast Ep. 4

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, I have a conversation with Jim Harris of the popular woodworking youtube channel LastingBuild. Jim is a woodworker and he is getting started on his first acoustic guitar build. Check out LastingBuild at

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Making a Purfling and Binding Thicknessing Jig

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, 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

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, 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! In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, 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

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Cost of Getting Started in Lutherie

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, 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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