Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tools You'll Need For Building An Electric Guitar

I thought it might be helpful to list the tools you'll need for building and electric guitar. I've divided the list into three categories, which are Must Have, Should Have and Nice to Have. I've tried to list every tool I use, however, I may have missed a few. Check it out and let me know if I forgot any:


Must have tools:
  1. Jig saw
  2. Rasp file
  3. Fine tooth file
  4. Deadblow hammer
  5. Fret saw
  6. Miter box
  7. Socket wrench with SAE and metric sockets
  8. Tape measure
  9. Sandpaper
  10. Radius sanding block
  11. Drill
  12. Drill bits
  13. Clamps
  14. Wood glue
  15. Super glue
  16. Screw drivers
  17. Long straightedge
  18. Feeler gauges
  19. Router
  20. 1/2" x 1/2" pattern bit
  21. 1/4" straight bit
  22. Soldering iron
  23. Electronic solder
  24. Flux
  25. Clean rags
  26. Mechanical pencil
  27. Safety goggles
  28. Respirator mask
  29. Hearing protection
  30. First aid kit
  31. Hobby knife
  32. Wire cutters
  33. Tweezers


Should have:
  1. Belt sander
  2. Random orbital sander
  3. Drill press
  4. 1" x 2" sanding drum
  5. Set of nut files
  6. Fret crowning file
  7. Helping hands alligator clamps
  8. Preval Sprayer
  9. Wagner Safety Planer
  10. Fretboard clamps
  11. Shop vacuum
  12. Fret press
  13. Fret bender
  14. Fret edge beveling tool
  15. Rotary hobby tool
  16. Portable clamping workbench
  17. Clamp lamp
  18. Digital calipers
  19. Multi tester


Nice to have:
  1. Band saw
  2. Table saw
  3. 6" jointer
  4. 4" x 36" bench top belt sander
  5. Oscillating spindle sander
  6. Dust extraction system
  7. HVLP spray system
  8. Spray booth
  9. Buffing station
  10. Large workbench

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