I’ve always had a troubling relationship with technology. Never sure if machinery takes the “hand made” out of “hand made guitars”. But needs must, If I’m to compete in the modern world, I need to speed up some of the more mundane steps in the guitar building process. Allowing all the time I need for the truly creative parts of the build.
My first step along the road of “plugged in tools” comes in the way of a donated plunge router and assorted cutting bits. I have to admit to getting a little excited over the possibilities this tool provides. For guitar building, a router can help in many ways and when combined with a router table much more so.
This will make quick, accurate work of cutting the slot for neck reinforcements, following templates for basic head-piece shapes and other parts and a host of other tasks.
The following photos pretty much speak for themselves, they show the few simple steps taken to make a router table, I even got to use the router to help with some steps! A quick search on YouTube will provide you with lots of detailed information if you need it to make your own router table.