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Forum topic by jrc127 posted 03-16-2012 11:49 PM 2193 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2012 11:49 PM

I’m a beginner guitar maker and try to use as few power tools as possible. I like using hand tools. What do I need to resaw lumber for guitar parts? Is a bow saw the right tool? I wouldn’t be cutting really large pieces but would like save some money by resawing stock for back, top, sides, and braces, maybe get two or three sets per piece. Is a treadle saw an option?

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#1 posted 03-17-2012 02:00 AM

A frame saw and a bow saw would be a good starting set. There is also a style of frame saw used for resawing but they are roll your own. (Grammercy), Highland Woodworking, and Traditional Woodworker. Oh, and Adria tools I think carries them too. Frog tools if they are still alive.

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#2 posted 03-17-2012 02:04 AM

You could always get one of these:


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#3 posted 03-17-2012 02:39 AM

Bow saw.

Resawing 9” wide boards for guitar plates is not easy to
do with a band saw, much less by hand.

I can understand your desire to keep tooling minimal and
avoid machinery, but if you are just starting out building
guitars, buy your backs, fronts and sides and save yourself
the frustration of trying to resaw them. It is not an
easy task even with a fine band saw. You’ll go crazy with
frustration trying to saw plates thinner than perhaps
3/8” with a hand saw.

In the old world, plates could be sawn, but it would
usually be done by two experienced men working in
tandem as shown above, not by one guy trying to
watch both ends of the kerf and run the saw at the
same time.

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#4 posted 03-17-2012 02:50 AM


Makes sense. I want to fabricate as many of the parts as possible, but for now maybe i’ll stick with the braces and the neck. I’ve seen a couple of Youtube videos on resawing with framesaws and it does look fairly difficult to track the blade when cutting narrow plates.


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