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Freeman

Total Topics: 27
Total Posts: 671
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


Measuring sticks


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


Glue


Finishing


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.




Mar 22, 06 | 8:34 am
Freeman

Total Topics: 27
Total Posts: 668
The other thing that I didn't take a picture of but should have is clamps. You can't have enough (and I don't) but I've got a couple of deep throat C's, about 8 normal C's, 10 bar clamps of various sizes (but all with fit the depth of a guitar), some little spring clamps and a bag of clothespins. No cam clamps (yet), no spool clamps. With the right cauls to spread out clamping pressure you can get by with what I list, but more would be nice

Mar 22, 06 | 10:27 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
Freeman -- That was a good idea. There's also a source page on the KitGuitarBuilder site under "Tools" where a complete list can be downloaded. Your pictures include a few that aren't on the list. Thanks --

Bill

Mar 24, 06 | 7:56 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
The chainsaw, of course, is essential. :-)

Mar 24, 06 | 7:57 am
Ted

Total Topics: 22
Total Posts: 158
Strange, I use Stella Artois for all my problem solving as well. It is a valuable tool and I highly recommend its use.

Aug 26, 06 | 5:03 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
Ted -- that's a great tool for taking the worrying out of waiting for the glue on the neck joint to dry and hoping it didn't shift while you were clamping it.

:-)

Bill

Aug 26, 06 | 5:51 am
SteveCourtright

Total Topics: 1
Total Posts: 81
OK, I understand the beer, but I wonder if you might have to also include the antigonist therefor, i.e., Coffee!!!!!

Sep 01, 06 | 12:44 pm
Ken Hundley

Total Topics: 40
Total Posts: 2169
You know, Kathy Matsushita has a great list of tools she recommends for starters too. I love her site, lots of great information, and sh eis a pleasure to communicate with outside of the school year as well.

Sep 05, 06 | 8:19 pm



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