Hi, I thought it might be a good idea to show some of the many tools and jigs I have made over the years, instead of buying them They may not be your cup of tea, you may not need them, but I may inspire you to be creative in your thinking.

As I mentioned in a previous post, out of all the tools and jigs in the Stumac catalogue I have made 53 of them for myself. Often before they appeared in their catalogue. Most are not original and many are created from just seeing a photo of the tool or jig.

To kick things off I'll show some of the knives I have made or modified. Sometimes two  knives come from the one blade of a bigger kitchen or boning knives.

Still to come is a host of different  hand saws, a half a dozen different style clamps, power tool attachments and misc. other converted  hand tools.

Feel free to add to the list.

Cheers Taff

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  • Hi, Here is my next offering. On the no hammering fretting method.

    This press was made out of one of the hobby drill press that one puts their electric hand drill into. Or you could use your existing drill press if you have one.

    I bolt it to the bench and set it up as shown. I use the brass fittings from Stumac. I can fret fingerboards only or the complete neck/fingerboard.

    Cheers Taff.



    • Does Stew Mac offer a non radius brass fitting?

      • Item #4375 for $4.86

        • Yes they do that's what I use. or you could buy your favorite radius and put it in the holder upside down, you'll just have to file a suitable groove in the flat side to locate the fret.


          • Hi, here I have shown the tools I would choose from to make a full size guitar neck, not shown is the holder for the neck.

            The other photos show the quick and easy way I do a 3-4 string CBG neck. I use a large roundover router bit with bearing. The router is clamped into a suitable "found" router holder and then that is clamped into the bench vice.

            It gives a "D" shaped neck with a rather flattened back, but lots of wood left for stability. After routing I sand with paper on a sanding stick and then wrapped in my hand.

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            Cheers Taff

            • That's a good suggestion, I usually start with a 1/2" roundover bit and then to the files and scrapers.

              • I use a 3/8" round over bit... after I have cut the scarf joint and dadoed the neck for the box.  I round  1/2" shy of the dado for a heel piece, and round all the way through the scarf joint.  I clamp down the neck and cleanup the edge before gluing... 


                • Looks nice John.

                  • Here is a small sanding stick I made, years later I bought the factory model. Both do the job.

                    You'll have to make the photo bigger to see it all, I stuffed up.



    • should be able to modify my old bottle capper . gone to PET bottles for home brew now...

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