An Updated Tools List: Page 3

Original Titebond only!!!
Duco cement
For gluing on plastic bindings/purflings
Weld-on cement
For gluing on plastic bindings/purflings
For gluing inlays — I use the 5-minute kind
Super glue
For gluing fingerboard marker inlays, gluing bindings
Glue-spreading bottle
This is the one with a roller on the lid --- very, very helpful!!!
Acid brushes
For spreading Titebond
Silicon bathtub sealer
A few dabs to cushion a truss rod so it doesn’t rattle


Deadblow (for pounding in frets) & regular hammer
4” paintbrush
For dusting off things
Plastic toothpicks
For applying tiny dots of glue, Superglue, epoxy
Artgum erasers
Great for use as little sanding blocks!!!
Popsicle sticks
For mixing epoxy
Palette knives
For removing bridges, fingerboards (you can get these at any art supply store)
Allen wrenches
For truss rod or bolt adjustments
Dental picks
Electric hot plate
For heating up the SM fingerboard heater tool
* SM fingerboard/bridge heater
For removing fingerboard tongues and bridges — heat it on a hot plate
Adjustable wrench
Needlenose pliers
Staple gun
I shoot a few staples into the underside of the fingerboard, then cut them off, so there are just stubs showing — this helps locate the fingerboard on the neck when gluing, so it doesn't slip around.
* Fret press cauls
For use in drill press -- for pressing in frets, instead of pounding them in
Wagner Safety Planer
For use in drill press -- for thinning plates
* The Luthier's Friend
For use in drill press -- for thickness sanding/template sanding small parts
Masking tape dispenser
Very handy – no longer do I need 2 hands to get a piece of tape!!! It's nice and heavy.
Jasper circle-cutting router base
For use in regular router – routs circles from 1” to 7-1/2” diameter
* SM fingerboard radius sanding block
I have a 16” radius one --- for radiused fingerboards
Aluminum sanding bar
From my local hobby shop – for leveling frets
Waxed paper
To keep glue from sticking where you don’t want it to!!!
Aluminum foil
Wrapped around sides when bending, to retain moisture
Parchment paper
Wrapped around sides when bending, to retain moisture
Latex gloves
For those messy, messy operations — or when doing the finishing of the instrument
Cloth-backed sanding squares — 9 grits from 1500 to 12000 --- lasts a long time!!! I use them for the final leveling and rubbing out of the finish.


Shooting board
For jointing soundboard and back halves — used with either a plane or sandpaper stuck to a 24" level
The "Easy Jointer"
An even better way to joint tops and backs — from Luthier Suppliers
Binding router jig
Don Williams’ design – for use with laminate trimmer – EXCELLENT jig!!!
* Universal side bender

From John Hall of Bluescreek Guitars – very well-made!!!

Here are some YouTube videos of John demonstrating the Universal Side Bender:



* Silicon heating blanket
6” by 36” – with timer and temperature control – for use with side bender

Truss rod slot jig 1 2 3

From John Mayes & Jeff Traugott designs -- to easily and accurately rout the truss rod slot
Scarf joint jig
From Pete Licis' plans —uses table saw
Fingerboard taper jig
From a Charles Fox idea -- uses table saw
Adjustable go-bar deck
I got this idea from Internet pal, Mark Frazier – uses Pony clamp parts --- Close-up Photo
* Fiberglass go-bar sticks
24” sticks – from Stew-Mac. Some people use those fiberglass driveway markers you can find in Home Depot or Lowe's.
Soundboard sanding jig
From an idea from the OLF (the Official Luthiers Forum) — to level the area above the soundhole before gluing on the neck & fingerboard extension.
Soundbox clamping table
Uses pipes and a pipe flange – used for supporting the body when gluing on tops and backs
Neck support
Just a simple carpet-covered wood support for the neck
Fret bender
For pre-bending fretwire
Fret organizer
Such a simple little thing – but it keeps those frets in order!!!
Neck-carving jig
I had bought mine from Martin Guitarmakers Connection years ago, before I knew anything about making jigs!!!
Clamps organizer
Made from pipes and 2 flanges
Inlay-sawing jig
Very simple jig – just clamp it to the workbench


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