Tips

These are tips and tricks that our member Luthiers want to share with other luthiers.  We hope they help you in some way in your quest to make amazing stringed instruments!

Dowel Hole Drill Guide for Repairing a Broken Guitar Neck

Broken guitar neck.  Using threaded rods as dowels.Dowel jig used as a guide in repairing a broken guitar neck.This tip is from Steve Lamb who is a professional instrument repairman (http://www.lambsmusic.com/repair.html).  This is a drill guide to accurately drill dowels holes to repair a broken neck. The u-shaped cutout fits around the trussrod nut. Steve leaves the break as undisturbed as possible and uses 1/4" threaded rods as dowels. When the neck and head are both drilled he reassembles using epoxy glue.

Jig for Pressing in Fret Wires

Jig for pressing in stringed instrument fret wires.This is Steve's jig for pressing in frets. It consists of an aluminum I-beam that has adjustable posts and two clamps to fasten the jig to the neck. Steve uses the press screw with an appropriate caul to press in frets. Steve is thinking about marketing these.  If you think you would be interested in having one, his contact information is provided on the following website http://www.lambsmusic.com/Contact.html .

Binding and Rosette Channel Cutter

Binding and rosette channel cutter.Here is Steve Mayo's binding channel cutter. It is built around a Stu Mac Dremel router base. Steve prefers the Black & Decker rotary tool over the Dremel. The base has a screw feed micrometer adjustment. The wooden foot is rounded in a cone shape and in use is kept pressed against the side to keep the cutter perpendicular at all times. With this type of tool, it is essential that the cutter is held tangent to the side to insure a consistent depth cut. With the wooden foot removed, Steve also uses this as a rosette channel cutter by revolving the base around a pin at the center of the sound hole.

Band Saw Jig for Cutting Binding Strips

Band saw jig for cutting guitar binding strips.This is a band saw jig that Steve Mayo uses to cut binding strips. It consists of a guide block that has two guide shims the same thickness as the binding to be cut. The shims are set to the width of the stock to be cut and locked in place with the wing nuts. The jig is then clamped to the saws table with the blade riding in a saw kerf at the front of the lower block. The work piece is pulled through the jig past the saw blade and neatly cut to a consistent width.

Jig to Pre-bend Laminated Bindings for a Headstock

Ed Schaefer uses this neat jig to pre-bend the laminated bindings that he uses on his headstock.

Jig to pre-bend the laminated bindings for a headstock.

Jig for Drilling Tuning Machine Holes

Here is a nifty shop built drilling jig that Bo Walker uses to drill his tuning machine holes. Note the two pins that index the jig against the side of the peg head.Jig for Drilling Tuning Machine Holes

Side Bending Machine Variation

This is David Adams' version of a side bending machine. He hasn't tested it yet (just finished putting it together) but there is no reason why it shouldn't work. He used a quick-grip clamp turned spreader instead of a screw (the rest is standard issue Fox bender).

Side bending machine with quick grip clamp.

Closeup photos of side bending machine.