Several people have asked me what kind of tools they need to build a kit guitar. I went out in my shop last night, cleaned off the work bench and took a bunch of pictures of the tool I use - it is a pretty minimal set to get the job done.
Obviously having the right tool makes the job easier
My shop - looks like a garage, doesn't it? Workbench with vise, good light, tunes, heat.... Cover the cars - they will get dusty
Start with plans - LMI classical plans and dvd, Cumpiano's wonderful book
StewMac plans and pdf, lots of downloads from the 'net
Molds - I build them from pressboard. 000 on the left, classical on the right. Classical workboard behind
Simple cauls - 000 bridge on left, classical on right. the 2x4's in the back are radiused to match the back braces - my "go-bar" deck
Cutting tools (I also used an table saw and band saw but they are not in my garage)
Planes and chisels - I use the little plane a lot
Files and rasps
Fretting tools - the little "L" thingie is a piece of fret wire with the barbs files off to check slot depth
Luthier tools - nut files, fret crowning file, bridge pin reamer, router bits
Big router, little router. A laminate router would be better for binding
Bling - precut pearl and abalone, and a practice routing block
Not shown and very important is PPE - a dust mask for any sanding, safety glasses for cutting and sanding, latex gloves for handling stains, and respirator for spraying.