Here is a list of tools
Electric saw, to cut out the body and neck.
Watch for the right sawblades, pick the narrow ones, using wide
blades for cutting the body will cause a lot of smoke when going
round the curves.
Drill. Used on several occasions. To
drill the holes for the tuners of course, but also for sanding
the side of the body with a rotating sanding tool.
Router, Used a lot. Straightening the
neck, flattening the head, making the holes for the tuners, making
the electronic-compartiment, making the holes for pickups and
Powerfile. For rounding the back of the neck.
A lot faster then a normal file, but to be handled with care,
this tool easily "eats" too much wood.
Sanding machine, for the flat surfaces on body
and head. Don't sand the fretboard with this machine!
and graters, for edges of the body, back of the neck, a smooth
transition between body and neck / head and neck. A fine file
is used for filing off the fret-ends, and making the nut.
Measuring tools, the one shown here is only suitable
for measuring the peaces of wood before starting to build. use
only when it doesn't need to be precise. When it has to be
precise, you need a good metal ruler for measuring the neck
and drawing it on the wood. A metal ruler is also used for drawing
the centreline, the fretdistances on the fretboard, place of
the pickup, the holes for the tuners, making the nut, holes for
electronics etc. Needless to say, for drawing with accuracy a
sharp pencil is also needed.
A little handsaw
with the thinnest blades you can get (for metal). This is used
for making the nut, and the grooves for the frets.
A workbench or
workmate. You need something to work on. It's important that
you can clamp the guitar to the bench when using the router or
saw. The guitar lying around loose, while -for example- straightening
the neck with the router, can end in disaster.
Clamps, at least 6 of them, for glueing
the parts together. Make shure you have little pieces of soft
wood (furwood, hardboard, plywood) at hand to put between the
clamps and you guitar. Never place a clamp directly on the
fretboard or neck!
a 1,5 m long, 100%
straight piece of wood or iron, this is used for leading the
router along the side of the neck.
Hammer, a plastic one, for putting the
screwdrivers, for screwing bridge, nut, tuners
etc. on the guitar.
and wire cutter
for connecting pickup and other electronics.
a 30-40 cm long
sanding block. To fold the sandpaper around for sanding
lots of sandpaper 40, 80, 120, 400 and 600 grain.
ear protection, especially when using the router,
that thing makes a lot of noise, it can cause hearing damage!
safety goggles, put these on whenever you use
some kind of powertool.
dust mask, when using the powerfile or high
grain sandpaper. When spraying paint or lacquer this isn't enough,
you should wear a mask with excangeable filters then.
rubber or plastic
gloves, when handling
PU-glue, the stuff sticks to you hands, washing won't help. It
takes days to come off.
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