#1
Hey guys, I'm sorta in a limbo waiting for access to a jigsaw or a bandsaw (God damn being poor) and I've begun to realize that when I go to college, they wouldn't exactly be thrilled to hear a router or a bandsaw running in the dorms

Which leads to my question. I'm well aware that building an electric guitar is possible by only hand tools, and as of yet all I can think of building by hand tools is a neck. Meaning thats all I know how to build by hand

What tools would one need to cut out and route a body by hand? I'm honestly going to want to do this while I'm at college, and I'm willing to invest a bit of money into this, instead of dropping a couple hundred on power tools that I couldn't take anyway.

Help?

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#3
hand planer
chisels (multiple widths, sizes, and shape)
good knife
plenty of sandpaper

I guess you can get a hand drill, to do the jack and screw holes
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#4
Quote by Jason Jillard
handsaw, handrill, hammer, chisel, rasps, files, handplane and a tonne of sandpaper.

and patients.. and amazing arm muscles.


Hammer and chisel for the routing and cutting of the body yeah?

Arm muscles from hell That won't be a problem.

So I'm assuming, cut out the rough shape of the body with a handsaw, and chisel it to shape, then sand it smooth.

yeah?

My things:
Bowes SLx7
Washburn WG587
Washburn X40Pro
Washburn X50
Washburn HM24
Washburn WR150
Laguna LE200s
Arietta Acoustic
First Act
Valveking 112
VHT Deliverance

#5
if your college has a wood shop class or something similar im sure they wont mind you using some of thier tool for that
just saying
#6
I'm not sure they do, at least I didn't see anything about woodworking on any of their class lists

My things:
Bowes SLx7
Washburn WG587
Washburn X40Pro
Washburn X50
Washburn HM24
Washburn WR150
Laguna LE200s
Arietta Acoustic
First Act
Valveking 112
VHT Deliverance

#7
Quote by valennic
I'm not sure they do, at least I didn't see anything about woodworking on any of their class lists


A lot of colleges don't list any specific classes, but sometimes they have a major that uses the shop for projects. You could probably send some emails to them and ask.
#8
I was trying to find the site so I can post the address but I can't find it now. Anyway, I was watching a guy in YouTube the other night making a hollowbody guitar using hand tools...

I felt the pain when he starting sawing 3/16" thick strips off a 2" deep length of maple with a japanese saw! Then he used a coping saw to cut a template out of 2" thick plywood (four half inch boards clamped together)!!

It is possible to make a guitar (electric or acoustic) using only handtools, but it would be painful.
Last edited by lostcreation333 at Apr 13, 2011,
#9
Quote by valennic
What tools would one need to cut out and route a body by hand?


I guess if you've got spare time, all you need is a jack knife. Or you could sharpen a butter knife using a rock. Oooh! A rock. You dont need a knife at all!