Post Your Favorite Special Tools: DIY or Store Bought

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Post Your Favorite Special Tools: DIY or Store Bought

Hi Y'all,

Every cigar box guitar builder eventually makes their own unique setup in order to make things easier or make the guitars better.  Let's see your favorite tools and jigs, whether homemade or store bought.  We're especially looking for DIY ideas! 

So what's your special tools?

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Fret Jig

Started by Scott Schoepf. Last reply by Gary Stenzel Mar 2, 2017. 2 Replies

I Was Going "Nuts"....!

Started by Slowpaw Steve T. Last reply by Gary Stenzel Feb 21, 2017. 6 Replies

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Comment by Joe Vernice on March 28, 2021 at 8:43pm

This is the fret slotting jig I use. I attached a block of wood to my fret saw with strong double-sided tape as a depth stop.

Comment by Joe Vernice on March 28, 2021 at 8:33pm

This is the jig I use to drill side dot markers on my fretboards.

Comment by Tom Hoglund on March 26, 2021 at 11:34am

I needed an aid in getting consistent alignment when installing fretboard side dots.  Used a spare mandolin bridge cover (any piece of metal with a right angle will do) and drilled three holes for where to position dots for ukulele, CBG or regular sized guitar. See pic.

Comment by James Pobog on January 2, 2020 at 11:46am

Anyone have a cheap alternative to a $110 fret crimper? Sorry, I can't drop that much on a pair of special pliers...

Comment by michael spiker on October 22, 2017 at 5:01pm

thickness sander with and without dust collection ran pallet wood thru today very happy turning on the machine turns on an outlet that my shop vac is plugged into

Comment by michael spiker on September 28, 2017 at 7:47pm

thickness sander im building capacity of 1 15/16" to 0" anything bigger can go into the planer

Comment by martin baker on May 4, 2017 at 6:10pm

Getting ready for the fretboard production!

Comment by michael spiker on December 19, 2016 at 7:09am

new to the group just built this neck jig from scrap been moving towards building with truss rods havn't added the body supports yet

Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on December 3, 2016 at 4:41pm

Nah, I'll just put it on the shelf next to the other relics.  Still have my first stone axe there. 

More into blues than rock anyway.

Comment by gary sheldon on December 3, 2016 at 4:29pm

Thanks, Duck.  You want to get rid of a perfectly good rock?  :  )

 

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Fret Jig

Started by Scott Schoepf. Last reply by Gary Stenzel Mar 2, 2017. 2 Replies

I Was Going "Nuts"....!

Started by Slowpaw Steve T. Last reply by Gary Stenzel Feb 21, 2017. 6 Replies

box bracing

Started by Wichita Sam. Last reply by Gipson Fat Fingers Shoemaker Jan 24, 2016. 4 Replies

Diamond core drill bit for fret dots etc

Started by Titch the Clown. Last reply by Gipson Fat Fingers Shoemaker Jan 24, 2016. 4 Replies

Special Tools

Started by Gary Ross. Last reply by gary sheldon Mar 19, 2015. 1 Reply

indispensable..

Started by Seasick Mick. Last reply by gary sheldon Jun 3, 2014. 10 Replies

Power string winding bit

Started by Titch the Clown. Last reply by Thomas "Duck" Petry May 11, 2014. 2 Replies

Raised Work Table

Started by David McQueen. Last reply by Thomas "Duck" Petry Apr 28, 2014. 3 Replies

Top Gluing Frame

Started by David McQueen. Last reply by David McQueen Apr 28, 2014. 2 Replies

Home made drill press

Started by Jimbo Cawthron. Last reply by Mike Strehlow Oct 21, 2013. 6 Replies

Wine bottle cutting jig

Started by Jan Westphal. Last reply by Mike Strehlow Oct 20, 2013. 4 Replies

Benchtop guitar clamp

Started by Mike Strehlow. Last reply by stringybark Oct 20, 2013. 1 Reply

Cutting Fret Slots on a Bandsaw?

Started by Habanera Hal. Last reply by Lou "cubancigar2000" Feb 25, 2013. 6 Replies

Hot hide glue pot and storage

Started by Charlotte Henry. Last reply by David McQueen Feb 10, 2013. 3 Replies

Spoke Shave

Started by Bluesheart. Last reply by jabes Jan 2, 2013. 5 Replies

tiny tools

Started by Bluesheart. Last reply by Habanera Hal Aug 19, 2012. 2 Replies

Homemade fret-end beveling file

Started by Turkeychicken. Last reply by PhilUSAFRet Mar 29, 2012. 2 Replies

Anyone use the stewmac dragon rasp?

Started by Charlotte Henry. Last reply by Charlotte Henry Mar 11, 2012. 31 Replies

Rotary Rasps

Started by PhilUSAFRet Mar 8, 2012. 0 Replies

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