Workshop clearout

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Workshop clearout

Workshop clearout!   It’s only two years since we moved from the UK to Germany, but we are on the move again. So I’m clearing out the workshop and auctioning off stuff I ain’t used for some time. Click on the pictures below and you’ll be taken to my current ebay.co.uk listings. Shipping is within Europe […]

Luthier video:Thickness sander basics

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Luthier video:Thickness sander basics

Use the right tool for the right job!       Thicknessing guitar tops and backs and sides by hand, with a hand plane is fine if you only make a handful of guitars a year. But if you make quite a few, as I do, thickness sanding is the way many go. A lot […]

Making jigs or making guitars?

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Making jigs or making guitars?

Are you making jigs or making guitars?     A recent thread on the Australian/New Zealand luthiers forum inspired me to write. The author of the thread was writing about jigs and wondering about how much effort he might put into making them if he wasn’t planning on making guitars for a living. Anyway, here […]

How to design a new shape

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How to design a new shape

How to design a new guitar body shape.   In the Luthier Blog ebook there is a whole series about designing your work, the “Luthier school” series, with lots of questions and prompts to help you make a design that reflects your preferences. This post would fit in very well with that series indeed. One […]

Getting your guitar head on straight!

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Getting your guitar head on straight!

Getting your guitar head on straight without measuring!   Should be easy shouldn’t it? But it’s even easier to it it slightly off. That’s why I came up with this simple jig to help me get my guitar heads on straight every time without having to measure anything! It all starts with your truss rod […]

Joining guitar backs or tops the traditional way

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Joining guitar backs or tops the traditional way

Joining guitar backs and tops with rope and wedges.   This is my take on the traditional way of glueing tops or backs together – no fancy expensive jigs needed!   More free stuff on the way! sign up and never miss out!

The Luthier Blog ebook

The Luthier Blog ebook

  The Luthier Blog ebook For just over a year I published a blog for instrument makers called The luthier blog. This ebook is most of the contents of that blog, rolled into one big ebook. An impressive list of contributors: In over 50 chapters, read the views of the master luthiers – Ervin Somoygi, […]

Making a living in lutherie

Making a living in lutherie

A practical guide to running your own shop, a guide to dealing with some of the common pitfalls that beset luthiers. “There is a lot of information available about how to build an instrument but not much available about how to make a living doing it. Nigel addresses topics and gives advice that every craftsman […]

Between the ideal and the possible

Between the ideal and the possible

Between the ideal and the possible, by NK Forster and Dave Best     If you’re interested in guitar design then this book may well be for you: hundreds of superb photographs, together with essays about subjects I consider important to this trade – sound, design, timber selection, construction, beauty, longevity, playability, intonation, the battle […]

Simple resaw jig

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Simple resaw jig

  Why didn’t I think of this before?   Recently I set about resawing a pile of old maple boards into backs and sides on my new Record Power bandsaw. Despite being a fairly hefty saw, it’s not all that powerful and like many bandsaw’s it has a tendency to drift if you tax it […]