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SHOP TOOLS HAND MADE AND STORE BOUGHT

Here you will find photos and descriptions on various hand made and store bought guitar repair tools...

HANDMADE SHOP TOOLS

Fret Clamping Caul

     When the decision is made and you're going to glue the frets in, this little caul comes in handy. Using a Stew-Mac neck caul on the back, this one goes over the frets and holds them down while drying....

Fret Clamping Caul

     Two 1/4" oak dowells on a 1/2"X21/2"X18" oak plank. The dowells are flattened on one side and glued to the plank to match the gradual widening of the fretboard. Use on any radius neck...

Compression Jacks

     I run into a situations while regluing loose braces where it is hard to twist a turnbuckle jack or even operate a scissor jack. I needed a jack that could be operated with one hand and that had variable tension for a given job...

Compression Jacks

     I came up with a spring loaded jack that could be set with one hand and use different spring lengths and load rates. Using a 1 1/8" hardwood dowel, 3" bolts, some cork sheet and a few different springs I made four jacks that work just perfectly...

Fret Files

    The two wooden blocks are laminated oak 1" X 2" planks (2). They have been tapered and sanded for fret file handles. The files are cut from single cut, second step mill files. The files were made in the shop at work with a die grinder and a large bench grinder. The end edges of the files on the single cut side are beveled so they will not catch on the frets. Using a two part epoxie, glue the files on to the bottoms of the handles with the single cut mill side out. They only file in one direction...

 Fret End Bevel Files

     The files are the same single cut, second step mill files used for the fret files above. They are also beveled on the ends to avoid catching on the fret ends. If you look closely at the ends of the handles, you will see the cuts that run length ways down the handle (click on photo). These were cut on a table saw, one at 20 degress and one at 30 degrees so the files fit snug in the cut. This is so when the files eventually wear out, they can be replaced with new files...

 Fret End Bevel Files

     In the photo, you can see the clamps that hold the files in the slots. The aluminum clamp plates are slightly bowed length ways to put pressure on the wood when the bolts are tightened to hold the files in place. This makes the handles re-usable instead of gluing the files in and throwing them away when the files wear out...

 Fret End Bevel Files

     The file edge extending below the edge of the clamp plates is just enough to mill the ends of the frets. Always test your hand made tools out on garage sale guitars before putting them into real time use. Testing leaves room for error and corrections. These files turned out really well and prepare fret ends to general bevel for final dressing.

Bench Top Guitar Workstation

     I designed and built a bench guitar workstation. This became the centerpoint of the majority of guitar work and has been a real workhorse throught the years...

Bench Top Guitar Workstation

     With a 6" wood clamp, a large piece of press board, some cork sheets, a hardwood block and some rubber feet, I was in business. The cork lined clamp can hold guitar necks, it is a rest and the clamp folds out of the way...

Neck Jig

     I keep a neck jig around the shop for varius neck repair including crack and break repairs, fret leveling and truss rod nut repairs when I need the neck level...

Neck Jig

Made to clamp into a Black & Decker Workmate, this was a more complex jig to build... 

Guitar Blankets

     When I saw this  I knew this was a good idea. This is split suade ordered thick, but as you can see is very supple as well...

Guitar Blankets

     I ordered the suade from Tandy Leather Factory and was only $35.00 for two large sheets and included shipping and tax...

Fret Height Dial

     After fiddling around with a straight edge over two adjacent frets and feeler guages trying to figure out fret heights,  I wanted to know the fret heights, not the space between the two frets...

Fret Height Dial

     Once you have set it up by leveling it on a piece of glass, locking the base and setting the dial to zero, you can zip along measuring frets length ways and across the fret board...

STORE BOUGHT SHOP TOOLS

Fret Bender

     As I was researching parts and methods for building one, I ran across a forum post about this bender. The person writing the post was looking for a bender that would easily handle EVO gold and stainless steel frets...

Fret Bender

It gets better, this work of art is only $68.00 plus shipping. Click on the photos for a closer look and visit the builder of this tool here...
 http://www.guitarbuilderonline.com/fret-bender.html

 Mini Digital Endoscope

      I often wind up inside of an acoustic guitar with mirror and flashlight in hand, digging around trying find a problem, view repairs I have made or just taking a look to make sure everything is in it's proper place...

 Mini Digital Endoscope

     After a few weeks of snooping around I finally found it. A USB camera on a two foot gooseneck with a handle and an LED light with variable brightness control...
USB Endoscope

 Fret Level Guage

     Simple, but effective tool. The three sides are cut to different lengths and the edges precision ground flat. This tool is used to span over three frets and 'rocked' to detect high and low frets...

String Spacing Tool

     Instead of evenly spacing the marks for string slots across the nut, this tool compensates for the larger strings toward the bass side so the larger strings are spaced a little farther apart for an even, overall spacing...

String Height/Action Guage

     In my opinion, feeler guages are just too time consuming and are not as accurate as this guage is. This is another time saving, must have tool around the shop...

 Fret Board and String Radius Gauges

     These will likely be the only type radius gauges you will need in your shop. They work underneath the strings at the bridge to adjust the saddle radius on electric or acoustic guitars. Use the bottoms to identify any fret board radius...

Fret Board Leveling Tool

      For fret board leveling, I have not found anything to match this tool. I won't say this is a 'must have' tool, but I prefer leveling from the fret board, not the fret tops...

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