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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by LT131, Feb 25, 2016.
Is it possible to make a nice looking pickguard without a router? If so, how?
Sure, cut it out with a handsaw or jigsaw, and use a file to smooth the edges and then give them a bevel. Sand them smooth with 400ish grit and you're good to go. Probably best to do all of this with the protective plastic still on the pickguard blank. The whole thing is time consuming, but works perfectly. I did many like this years ago before I discovered the joy of using a router and template...
Thanks. I have access to a router but the thought of making a template for a one-off seems a little much. Which way works best in your opinion?
Thanks for the input.
A nice template takes time to make and once done the routing takes minutes and does a pro job (will still need some finishing detail) As @Beej describes can also look very nice if you are patient and detail oriented - more hands-on work involved.
Wouldn't a template make a consistent bevel much easier to achieve?
For the time you'd take cutting and beveling the PG by hand, you could probably cut yourself a really amazing template. Cutting it with a pickguard with a template and a router only takes a few minutes.