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Ultimate Guitar Building Tools and Jigs:

In need of an electric side bender and you don't want to spent the $750.00 for one? Take a look at buying one of our detailed Headed Side Bender Jigs and save about 2/3 of that money. Think how many guitar sets and tops that will buy.

Here at Ultimate Guitar OnLine we have a great variey of Guitar Building Tools and Jigs available for your use in pursuing your passion so you CAN build your own guitar, quickly and conveniently..

All of our Guitar Building Tools and Jig Plans are drawn on my CAD system and are accurate to within 1/1000". There is meticulous detail on all plans and they can be used to make your templates, guitar forms and specialty jigs to make your guitar building experience more pleasurable.

All parts for our guitar building tools and jigs are dimensioned and different materials are all called out . Everything is dimensioned and we give full scale cutout templates if you prefer to glue these to the wood prior to cut-out.

Also for your convenience, for most or our Guitar Building Tools and Jigs and Molds we will give you a plywood layout diagram so you can see how to save as much of that valuable cabinet grade plywood as possible.

As an example, with our Heated Side Bender Jig, we give you the layout for all the Bender parts and also include (11) different sized guitar mold cut-outs with full size guitar outlines for all of our guitar shapes in once package.

Guitar Building Tools and Jigs Available for Instant Download

All Guitar Building Tools and Jigs are available in either pdf format or printed on standard bond white paper. Prices vary and will be listed with each plan on the tabbed pages listed above.

Just click on the "Add to Shopping Cart" button for each plan and you will be taken to our secure server for worry-free check-out that is safe and secure..

Upon ordering you will be given an email for immediate downloading of the plans through a link directly to the ftp server. No special hardware required.

You will have 48 hours to download your digital copies. There are up to 7 sheets of drawings for some of the plans, but these don't total much over 10 MB, so download times are very quick, even on a 56K modem. We are sure you will be very pleased with the level of detail and quality of these drawings.

Guitar Building Tools and Jigs That We Have Now:

Unheated Guitar Side Bender
Heated Guitar Bender
Cut-Away Attachment for Heated Bender
Kerfing Cutting Jig
Adjustable Go Board Gluing Jig
Acoustic Bridge Ramp Sanding Jig
Guitar Plate Jointing Jig
Inside Molds For All Our Guitar Plans With Guitar Workboard For All Our Guitar Plans
Deluxe Neck Cradle Jig
Acoustic Guitar Saddle Routing Jig

So if you are interested in how to build a guitar - or how to make your own guitar, pick from one of these finely detailed plans and start building your dream guitar!

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Guitar Building Tools and Jigs Heated Side Bender Sheet 1

Heated Side Bender Sheet 2

Heated Side Bender Sheet 3

Heated Side Bender Sheet 4

Ultimate Guitar Heated Side Bending Jig - Above Are (4) Of The (7) Sheets

The Side Bending Jig is probably one of the best guitar building tools and jigs to advance efficient guitar building that has come along in quite a few years. If you currently bend your guitar sides over a hot iron, boil the side and clamp them on a form or a combination of the two, you will just love this tool.

The side bending jig is available commercially, but its' cost may be somewhat prohibitive at $650.00. You then need to make a guitar form for each guitar shape you intend to purchase. Each of these will set you back an additional $80.00, if you decide to purchase pre-made forms. You also will need to purchase the stainless steel slats that are placed on each side of the wood sides, prior to heating and these cost $58.50 per set of (2).

Materials List To Make A Fox Bender From Various Suppliers:

Press Screw for Waist Compression: $42.10
Set of Steel Tension Springs: $24.00
Heating Blanket, Which Is The Heating Source: $133.75
Thermostat To Control Heating Blanket: $32.50
Stainless Steel Slats Set of (2): $58.50
Miscellaneous Hardware: $25.00
Baltic Birch 3/4" Cabinet Grade Birch Plywood for Bender: $45.00
Baltic Birch 3/4" Cabinet Grade Birch Plywood for Mold: $22.50

Total Hardware Cost: $383.35

But Wait! - You Do Have One More Alternative:

We have plans available that do not need the bending blanket or the thermostat. The Plans are $15.99 for a very complete set of plans that will give you a beautiful bending jig. The plans come complete with a materials list, full scale parts layout and the part layout on your plywood. They are fully dimensioned and give assembly instructions.

What is our heating source if we don't need the bending blanket?

Light bulbs and they work great.

I've been using one of these for years and decided to share my plans with you so you can enjoy it as well. Besides, it is a great feeling to make one of these benders and see what it produces.

We have sources for a Press Screw for less than $20.00 and the cost of the light bulb receptacles is minimal. The only other big expense is the stainless steel sheets for bending. You may be able to do better than the $58.50 per set. I would imagine you could find some in a local sheet metal shop for around $35.00 to $40.00 for a set. So here is the price list for an Ultimate Guitar Building Side Bender:

Materials List Ultimate Guitar Building Side Bender:

Detailed Bender AND mold jig for 11 sizes of guitars: $15.99 and here is what you will need to purchase to make the actual bender jig:


Press Screw for Waist Compression: $20.00
Set of Steel Extension Springs: $24.00
Spring Timer: $20.00
Miscellaneous Hardware: $25.00
Porcelain Receptacles and Electrical Wiring: $15.00
Stainless Steel Slats Set of (2): $40.00
3/4" Cabinet Grade Plywood for Bender: $8.00
3/4" Cabinet Grade Plywood for Mold: $6.50

Total Hardware Cost: $158.50

OK we saved over $225.00

What The Plans Include:

Side Bender Jig, showing all the materials, details, dimensions and instructions you will need to build this jig very quickly and accurately. Also, new to this version of the plans, we are featuring a variable waist compression system, which allows you to insert any guitar form shape and the bender adapts to the different waist contours, giving you a very quick and flexible too. Also, we have done a lot of work on the spring attachment hardware and have developed superior methods for handling both the fixed attachment points and removable attachement points for the extension springs.

This jig only uses 1/4 sheet of plywood at 24" x 48" and all the patterns are supplied to you for the ultimate in accurace to allow you to quickly and easily build this jig and get started in your bending operations is a few short hours.
Full Size Scale Plywood and Compression Block Templates @ 100% Scale

(11) Different Guitar Shapes Templates @ 100% Scale Which Include:
Concert Sized Classical 000
Concert Sized Parlor Acoustic Guitar Dreadnought (Martin D18, D28, D35, D41)
Grand Auditorium 12 String
Acoustic Grand Auditorium 6 String
Acoustic HD-28VS Vintage Series
Acoustic 0-28VS, 00-28VS and 000-28VS Vintage Series
Acoustic Jumbo J200
Acoustic Grand Symphony (GS)
Acoustic J45

The great part about it is if you decided to add the warming blanket later you still can. (I wouldn't know why though.) Also some luthier shops get several of these going at one time because you can only do (1) side at a time. I know shops that have up to 6 of these or more to keep production going.

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000 Guitar Plan

Ultimate Guitar Unheated Side Bending Jig

If you are not ready to spring for a heated side bender or if you are like me and have a heated bender that is constantly being used, you will want additional options available to you. If your heated bender is kept occupied with side bending operations you may want to use an unheated bender to take care of solid linings, purflings, binding or just additional side bending operations.

Consider One To Supplement Your Heated Bender: On the other hand, if you want to use boiling as your primary method of side bending, then this bender is just what you need. I used one of these forever and still have a number of them in my shop, getting almost daily use. One of the disadvantages of this style bender over the Heated Guitar Side Bender is you have to construct the whole form for each guitar shape.

Now don’t get me wrong, that is not that big a deal. We are only talking about a few pieces of wood that you need to repeat – and the hardware of course. The unheated side bending jig is available commercially, but its’ cost may be somewhat prohibitive at $225.00 per guitar shape and that adds up in a hurry if you plan on making several guitar configurations.

Also, you can choose to use the stainless steel slats and a heating blanket if you like – or you could graduate to that if you get sick of boiling the sides. Be aware that there are a few minor differences from the Everett Side Bender. I made the waist compression blocking much more simple, in a manner that I use, not the double block. I find my bender functions just fine.

Also you may want to over-cut your guitar forms just a bit to allow for some spring-back. I have shown this on the first sheet of plans, which indicates the Dreadnought shape only.

Materials and Construction: Resources are very minimal for building this jig. A small piece of 3/4″ birch cabinet grade plywood, some hardwood blocks, steel spreaders for the form, (8) eyelets, (4) springs, (2) eye bolts, (2) plastic star-shaped knobs and you will be set to rock & roll.

If you have trouble getting the 1/2″ steel spreaders for the guitar forms, I have included an alternate detail on using rigid conduit for the same purpose.

What The Plans Include:

Side Bender Jig At 50%
Full Size Scale Plywood and Compression Block Templates @ 100% Scale

(11) Different Guitar Shapes Templates @ 100% Scale Which Include:
Concert Sized Classical 000
Concert Sized Parlor Acoustic Guitar Dreadnought (Martin D18, D28, D35, D41)
Grand Auditorium 12 String
Acoustic Grand Auditorium 6 String
Acoustic HD-28VS Vintage Series
Acoustic 0-28VS, 00-28VS and 000-28VS Vintage Series
Acoustic Jumbo J200
Acoustic Grand Symphony (GS)
Acoustic J45

The great part about it is if you decided to add the warming blanket later you still can. (I wouldn't know why though.) Also some luthier shops get several of these going at one time because you can only do (1) side at a time. I know shops that have up to 6 of these or more to keep production going.

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Free Plan Downloads

Be sure to visit our Plan Shop, which is part of the Ultimate Guitar Building Site. Here you will not only find all the guitar plans, bender plans and jig plans, but we will be posting updates on this site for you download. Free downloads and updates will be available here too.

Addition items to look for at the Plan Shop are Free Downloads for Guitar Building Tools to help you in your guitar making operation. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page in the Free Downloads Section.

The Inside Form and Guitar Assemble Workboard:

I have had several requests for plans of the inside forms that I use to build guitars. Therefore, I have decided to roll out these plans at this time. Also included with these plans will be a guitar workboard, which is another essential guitar building tool. After all, the quality of your finished product will only be as good as the forms you constructed.

These Forms will allow you to maintain accuracy in your plan by having an accurately cut form that will allow you the ease and flexibility with which to make your new guitar.

I will have a full set of guitar inside form/workboard for each style of guitar plan that I publish. You can either purchase them on this page or from the Plan Shop page.

Guitar Inside Form

These Plans Will Consist Of Three Detailed Sheets::

Guitar Inside Form Plan:This plan show all shapes, dimensions, fasteners etc., needed to make the form very accurately. I call out materials and the features of the Inside Form.

Side and End Elevations:: This supplements the top view above. It shows the depth and dimensions of the form, how to attach removable end blocks and the hardware required for each. Also I've shown alternate securement of the end blocks with threaded inserts.

Guitar Workboard: This is a rather simple jig to make, but a very important one. I show the guitar outline, strapping securement studs, neck extension and access port.

Order Inside Forms/Workboard Plans Right Here:

If you like you can add Inside Forms/Work Board Plans to your cart by clicking the links below. Note: That these forms are designed to be used with the Ultimate Guitar Online Guitar Plans or the Ultimate Guitar Building Plans and the sizes are designed for each of the guitar shapes listed below.

Add J45 Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add HD-28VS Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add 000-28VS Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add 00-28VS Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add 0-28VS Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add 000 Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add Dreadnought Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add Dreadnought 12 String Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add Grand Auditorium Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add Jumbo Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add Grand Auditorium 12 Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add Grand Symphony 12 Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add Grand Symphony Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add Kasha Braced Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add Ramirez Braced Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add Torres Braced Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Add Bouchet Braced Inside Form/Work Board to Cart $7.49

Note that the inside form/workboard is the same for the Kasha, Ramirez, Torres, and Bouchet are all the same shapes. Therefore if you order one set, they will work for all the guitars. Also note that the Grand Auditorium 6 and 12 String Guitars use the same Inside Form and Workboard.
Gluing and Routing Jigs
Plate joining Jig Sheet 1

Plate joining Jig Sheet 2

Hardware For Each Cam:
(1) 5/16" x 2-1/2" Carriage Bolt
(2) 5/16" Flat Washers
(1) Plastic Knob W/ 5/16" x 20 Threaded Insert

Ultimate Guitar Plate Clamping Jig

The Guitar Plate Clamping Jig is a relatively simple jig to make, but it is also a very necessary one. Essential in the construction of this jig are the cams and how they are fastened to the base board. The Jig Plans are available for a very reasonable $5.99.

Parts and material list is as follows:

Jig Base, Fence and Hold Down:
Minimum 3/4" (25/32") cabinet grade plywood.

Jig Cams:
Undoubtedly the most critical element of this jig are the lockable cams. These have to be crafted out of hardwood with an off-center pivot and this allows approximately 1-1/2" of clamping action. Also use large tension knobs on the 5/16"carriage or stove blots for each of the 3 cams so you can really tighten them down.

Seam Hold-Down Board:
The third movable component on this jig is the center hold-down board or fixture. It is made from (2) layers of 3/4" cabinet grade plywood that are glued and screwed together for extra stiffness and has the same knob tightening system as the cam clamps and the jig fence. The fixture also need to be adjustable as to be able to place the fixture over the center of different sized top plates. Again it is done by slotting the Jig Base and allowing for about a 3 inch travel. There are (2) tightening knobs – one at each end of the fixture.

As I always stress, when you make your jigs, molds, templates etc. make them with the same care as with your guitars. Make them in such as was as to show them off. Impress you potential clients with your quality construction and your attention to detail and abilities – even in your work aids, such as this jig.

Are you interested in a detailed plan of this jig? If so we will be putting together plans for all the jigs, molds and specialty tools that we talk about on this site. Be sure to leave a comment that you would like one or drop me an email. The pricing will be very reasonable and will save you a lot of time and take the guesswork out of something that is proven to work.

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Go Board Clamping Jig Sheet 1

Go Board Clamping Jig Sheet 1

Ultimate Guitar Go Board Gluing Jig

One of the guitar specialty tools you should have to do without. Have you ever heard of a “Go-Board“? That is the slang term for a great jig or specialized guitar making tool that will quickly and efficiently let you glue the braces on your top and back plates.

If you have ever have tried to glue top braces on a top plate with a combination of deep throat clamps, wood cam clamps, spring clamps or a combination of them, you know that it is not an easy task.

Some of the negatives of using the direct clamping system are as follows:

    Clamps are cumbersome to deal with, slow and you often don’t have time to deal with them before your glue dries. The wooden cam clamps are a good deal better, but they are still a challenge.
    Usually you don’t have room to clamp all the braces on a top plate at one time and have to split the operation into 2 segments.
    Clamps are often too large to effectively clean glue squeeze-out.
    The top plate has to be dealt with very carefully so as not to dent under the pressure of clamps. You also damage the braces with any kind of metal clamp.
    You can’t place enough clamps on a brace to spread out the clamping pressures uniformly over the length of the brace.
    If you use wooden cam clamps, having enough of them on hand is very expensive.

Enter the “Go-Board” clamping system. This is a great tool to have in a guitar shop, even if you make only one guitar at a time or several. It’s main components are 3 pieces of 3/4" cabinet grade plywood that form the top and bottom, and adjustable plates, and (4) posts (1 at each corner) to anchor the top plywood plate to the bottom plywood plate. The 3/4" plywood corner posts securely hold the plates in place and also facilitate the adjustable mechanism for the variable height plate.

The second piece in this brace-clamping pie are the actual dowels that apply pressure to the braces. You have several options available to you. First you can purchase 1/4" hardwood dowels and taper the ends and round the tip. An alternative to the tapering is to place a rubber foot over the end of the dowel, which adds slip resistance and completely protects the brace. The main problem with dowels is that after repeated use they tend to retain some memory of the bend and loose their effectiveness.

A great alternative to the hardwood dowels are fiberglass dowels. We will be handling both the fiberglass dowels and the vinyl feet, which will give you access to the best of the clamping world. Be sure to check back for these items as we will be rolling them out the first of the year!

This is a new and improved version of our original go-board clamping system, which features an easily adjustable plywood clamping plate. This allows you to adjust for more clamping pressure, additional or less brace heights and best of all, you can simply insert a back or top arch form right in the jig and you can automatically clamp with your desired arch..

You will find that with this system you can Very quickly clamp a top, do it with adequate and even pressure, have good access to glue-cleaning operations and minimize damage to the plate and braces. The one problem with the go-board is clamping braces with a crown, such as back braces. There are two ways to handle this. Either slip tight-fitting wedges between the guitar back plate and the go-board -or- which I feel is a much better solution, cut some tappered cauls that match the brace crowns and place them beneath the braces. Line these with leather or cork to protect the tonewood. Make them approximately 1-1/"? wide and be sure to shape them nicely.

As I always stress, when you make your jigs, molds, templates etc. make them with the same care as with your guitars. Make them in such as was as to show them off. Impress you potential clients with your quality construction and your attention to detail and abilities – even in your work aids, such as this jig.

Are you interested in a detailed plan of this jig? If so we will be putting together plans for all the jigs, molds and specialty tools that we talk about on this site. Be sure to leave a comment that you would like one or drop me an email. The pricing will be very reasonable and will save you a lot of time and take the guesswork out of something that is proven to work.


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Kerfing Cutting Jig Sheet 1

Kerfing Cutting Jig Sheet 2

Kerfing Cutting Jig Sheet 3

Ultimate Guitar Kerfing Cutting Jig

There is not much that is more boring than standing at the band saw and trying to cut kerfing slots with consistent spacing. Sure you can put a mark on the table of the saw and follow that until you just about go blind. Then it happens - you are just about done and you cut through the back of the lining because the kerfing slot went too deep. Okay start over!!

This jig was conceived as I was doing some of this mind numbing work. I usually cut enough kerfing for several guitars to save the setup time, and because I hated doing it so much. I thought, there has to be a better way to do this. And guess what? Yep, there is and now you can escape the monotony of cutting kerfing channels too, with my handy little kerfing tool.

Okay it does not do it automatically, but it sure does speed up the process and you get great consistent results without ruining the lining unless you don't hold the lining firmly against the fence.

This tool in intended for use on a Band Saw. The tool fits over the entire width of the table and you will drill and tap into the side of the Band Saw Table to secure the jig. This is absolutely essential as we really need this tool to be solidly held in place. This is done by a couple of plastic knobbed studs that secure the jig at its aluminum side plates.

The tool is made in three layers and does not use the miter slot of the Band Saw. The reason for this is that most saws only have one miter slot and the tool would just bind in one slot.

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Belly Bridge Sanding Jig

Ultimate Guitar Belly Bridge Ramp Sanding Jig

The bridge ramp sanding jig has just one purpose in life. That is to sand the gentle curved ramps on the belly bridge, evenly and consistently. If you have ever tried to do these by hand, you will really appreciate this jig. To get the ramps on both sides of the bridge to look symetrical is not only a challenge, you will probably go through several bridge blanks before you get it right.

Each Stationary Belt Sander Has A Different Setup:

Start out by inspecting your Stationary Belt Sander. First of all you will need to remove the guard that protects the idler pully. This guard should be removed completely to eliminate conflict.

Next you will need to set the belt sander surface all the way to the down position. Now measure the distance from the top of the sander stand to the bottom of the sanding surface at the underside of the belt sander.

You also will almost always need to drill new holes in the top of the stand for the mounting of the jig.

The full detailed plans for this jig are available in our Plan Shop. I have a nominal charge of $3.99 for the plans which consist of (2) 24" x 36" PDF sheets which is an immediate electronic download ready for you to print or to follow electronically.

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Wood Cam Clamp Plans

If you would like to build your own Wooden Cam Clamps you can download the great plans we have available for them. You get all three sizes of plans (6 inch, 8 inch and 10 inch deep clamps).

All are fully dimensioned in both millimeters and fractional inches. Plans are full sized so you can choose to either paste them directly on the wood or transfer the dimensions to the wood with a Woodwookers Marking Knife.

We clearly show all notations, dimensions and pieces required to make these somewhat complex clamps. The are available as an instant download and are in 11 inch x 17 inch format so you can print them on a good sized copy machine or even an ink jet printer.

I’ve made about 50 of these in many different sizes and my use for them extends beyond the rhelm of guitar repair or guitar building.

For additional information and details on how to make these handy clamps visit the Wooden Cam Clamp Article, or go to our Plan Shop.

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Free Plan Downloads

Be sure to visit our Plan Shop, which is part of the Ultimate Guitar Building Site. Here you will not only find all the guitar plans, bender plans and jig plans, but we will be posting updates on this site for you download. Free downloads and updates will be available here too.

Addition items to look for at the Plan Shop are Free Downloads for Guitar Building Tools to help you in your guitar making operation. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page in the Free Downloads Section.