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Cutting out f-holes

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Phil Mastro, Feb 8, 2005.


  1. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Montréal
    I'm building a chambered archtop guitar for my bro, and we were thinking of cutting out f-holes, for stylistic purposes mostly.
    However, I have no clue what tool I should use for this purpose. Any one out there has experience with this type of work?

    In case this is of any use, I have a decent set of chisels, a router, a dremel, a jigsaw... that's pretty much it I guess.
     
  2. Cerb

    Cerb

    Sep 27, 2004
    Indiana
    What I do first is draw the design on the wood. Then I drill small holes around the edges of it about 3-4mm apart. Then I just take a small round file and file between the holes.
     
  3. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Montréal
    thanks man! that's actually a really feasible and useful solution
     
  4. Cerb

    Cerb

    Sep 27, 2004
    Indiana
    The few things I had read about them before I did mine were all saying to use a router template. The idea of a spinning metal object with sharp points on that thin piece of wood scared me a bit.