Guitar Making Tip No. 55 is about building jigs. You should build as many jigs as possible in the beginning. This is one of the best ways to ensure that your process is stable, consistent, and repeatable. Here is what you can do.
Building Jigs and Forms
Jigs make life easier. They do take time to make, but that time is well spent. It might not feel that way the first time you use the jig, but the second time you will really feel like you are glad you invested the effort.
A jig or a form is something that you make to help you do a woodworking process. This can be to help with a cut, help align a couple pieces, or literally any other process.
The main reason to make a jig is so that the process is done accurately, and that it can be repeated.
When you are doing a difficult process, it can be hard to get the same results more than once. A jig or a form takes the vast majority of the difficulty out of the work, and makes it easier to duplicate. These are some of the reasons that you can be a better guitar maker by making jigs…
Jigs and Making Guitars
Making a guitar is already a long process. There are times when you need to make precision cuts, and there are also a lot of processes that you will need to perform. There is no reason to make this any more involved than it already is.
When you make a jig, you take out a good chunk of the difficulty in the step. This means that you are going to have a much higher likelihood of success on that step. The more you can do to ensure your success, the better your guitar build will be.
Making jigs is one of the easiest ways to give your builds a higher chance of success. For example, if you make a Fret Slotting Jig from my directions, it means you can make very accurate fretboards without measuring at all.
In contrast, measuring down to the thousandth of an inch and making a perfect saw cut 24 times is very difficult. The jig ensures that you have a much easier time with the process. It is also really easy to make, which is another bonus.
Spend the Beginning Building Jigs
In the beginning, especially if you are very new to woodworking, make some jigs. The guitar is a complex project, especially for a beginner. Spend your beginning phase making lots of jigs, and you will get a double win from the exercise.
The first win is you making the jigs. You need them, and now you have made them. They will always be with you, and you can use them over and over nearly forever if you take care of them. That’s the primary win.
The secondary win for a new woodworker is the added experience from making the jigs. Any time you put tools to wood, you are learning. The beginner more so than the expert, but you are constantly learning. These jigs in the beginning can give you the quick wins you need to boost your confidence for the actual guitar build.
Guitar Making Tip No. 55 Wrap-Up
Since you have already committed to a long project by choosing to make a guitar, don’t be afraid to spend some time making the necessary jigs. Not only will these save you time in the long run, they will also make the process easier.
A guitar has several processes that require a high level of accuracy. When you make a jig, you make the process easier. This increases your ability to perform the step successfully. Over time, the more jigs you make means the more accurate and better sounding your guitars will be.
If you have any questions on Guitar Making Tip No. 55, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Happy building.
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