Guitar Making Tip No. 106 – Making Guitars in the Garage

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Guitar Making Tip No. 106 is about making guitars in the garage. Even a small corner of a garage can be used to make a guitar. Don’t ever let the space you are working in fool you into thinking that you can’t make a great guitar.

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Making Guitars in a Small Space

guitar making tip number 106 even a small corner of your garage is a big enough space to make an acoustic guitarA lot of times, we allow small things to stop big things. This is a common problem among people, and we tend to stop big processes because of something small. Making a guitar is no different.

One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about making a guitar is that you need a big area. This is completely untrue, and you can make a guitar in even a small area.

I know, I have made several in half off a two car garage, and they all came out great. Here is how you can do the same…

Making More of the Space

One of the first things you can do is take steps to make the space that you have feel as big as it can. This means making small changes that have big effects. I wrote a post that helps with making these changes called 29 Ways to Maximize Your Small Shop Layout, and it will help you get this process started.

I cover a lot of topics. They are all designed to help you take the space that you have and make it feel as big as it can. Even if you start with a few of these, you can make your shop feel bigger in a short amount of time.

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Even so, the space you have should be fine, because the odds are that there is someone in the world doing the same thing with less space. Somewhere out there, there is someone who wishes they had the space you do.

See Also: 13 Myths About Getting Into Woodworking for a list of things that you should never let stop you.

Guitars are a Small Woodworking Project

When compared to a lot of woodworking projects, guitars are small. The tools that you use to make guitars are small, and the area you need to make a guitar is small. When you think about other projects, this really comes into perspective.

A cabinet maker or a furniture maker really needs a lot more space. A determined woodworker can make big things in a small shop just as well, but it can require a bit more engineering. A sheet of plywood is still a pretty big item, no matter your shop size.

On a guitar, the biggest pieces are the ones that you use for the plates. These measure about 22 inches by 9 inches, and that’s fairly small compared to sheets of plywood. This also means that you can use smaller tools, because they don’t need to be as big to but the material.

See Also: Bench Top Tools Save Space in a Small Woodworking Shop to learn about how making good choices with your tools can open up the space.

Your Homework

If you have not started making guitars because you think you don’t have the space, please start looking into what you really need. Watch some YouTube videos from smaller makers, and look at their shop.

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I posted close to a hundred videos from literally half of a single car garage. I even built an entire electric bass in a 24 Video Series from that very spot. The last thing you should do is limit yourself by your space. The interesting thing is that I don’t think I saw one comment about the size of the shop.

If you do have a small shop, your next assignment is to make it feel bigger. Read my 29 Ways and put some off them to work. Select the ones that appeal to you the most, and that you think will make the biggest impact in your shop.

Guitar Making Tip No. 106 Wrap-Up

You do not need a big space to make a guitar. On top of that, you should never let something small like that stop you from doing something so big. Making an instrument is a life changing event, and is something that you should really experience if you are a woodworker that also plays guitar.

Look at YouTube videos, and look at what other people are making from their small shops. The odds are that someone in the world wishes they had the same space you do. Don’t look at the negative, find the positive and make that work for you.

Finally, maximize your woodworking space by following my other post, and put some of the ides into practice in your shop. You can make it feel bigger and more inviting with only a few small changes.

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