How do You Clamp the Top and Back of an Acoustic Guitar?

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Westfarthing Woodworks asked 9 months ago

I have your book and have made several jigs and am making more in preparation for my first solo build.

I made my first in a school and it turned out great and I can’t wait to make one on my own.

Question: I have built an outside mold and am wondering what way you recommend clamping the top and back?

Any input appreciated!

Thank you!


1 Answers
Westfarthing Woodworks answered 9 months ago

Thank you Rob. I am honored that you bought my book, and I thank you very much. I hope you enjoy using it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Depending on the size of your mold, you need to find clamps that can reach the sides with your mold in the way. These can be cam clamps that you make, or other clamps that you buy.

You can also use longer boards for batons or cauls that spread out the clamping pressure around the rim. I typically use a variety of clamps and it works out really well.

Another thing you can do is trim down your mold a little. Anything more than a couple to three inches for wall thickness is plenty. Mine is a monster, and could use a trim as well. I just left it square when I made it.

If you have any more questions please let me know and I will be glad to answer them. Happy building

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