I built this today and was pretty proud of myself. It's the cradle portion of a binding jig. Next I'll build the portion that holds the laminate trimmer. (I ordered a Porter Cable last week.)
I only put a couple of bucks into it, for the hardware. And after I put this together, I looked around and realized I have a little collection now of homemade, very-cheap tools and jigs. I'm a packrat and I have a mound of free scrap wood in my garage, which I used to make all these things.
Here's the mold I made that I used for my first guitar, the 000. On my second guitar, a 00, I've decided to get more precise with a KMG mold.
This is my go-bar deck.
This too was made out of free scrap. I had those little "L" shaped pieces and the screws, but I can't imagine those cost very much.
And here are my go bars. They are just dowels cut a little short of 24".
These 2"x2"s have radii cut into them.
One is 15' and the other is 25'. I don't have a shop. I just have a bench. So efficient use of space is crucial. When I turn the 15' radiused piece on its side...
... I've got a fret holder.
I'm actually planning yet another use for these two 2"x2"s. I have a piece of pipe and a flange that I will mount to a board. When the rim is built, I'll drill a hole in the center of each of the 2"x2"s, so that they can spin on the piece of pipe. I'll use this to sand the rims, transferring the proper radius to both top and back. (Idea stolen from John Hall)
This piece of poplar has been trimmed for most of its length, so that it is the same shape as a fingerboard that is 24.9" scale and 1 11/16" wide at the nut. Although susceptible to warpage, I figured it wouldn't be so bad to use this for one one or two guitars, before I someday pay the hardware store to cut me one out of plexiglass.
When it is strapped to the fingerboard, the other end has a mark that should fall right in the center of the body.
Here's my version of the bridge gluing jig. Again, it only cost me the price of the screws.
And last but not least, and probably most controversial of all, (you've prob'ly seen em before) are my homemade nut files!