Building a Lap Steel Guitar

Tools needed


Cam clamps
All-wood cam clamps, such as the one shown in the picture, are extremely popular among guitarbuilders. They are light-weight and apply sufficient, yet gentle force. Buy at least five of them for a start.


Wood glue: I used a widely-available white wood glue (PVA glue) for gluing on the fingerboard.
Epoxy: Epoxy is needed for gluing in the inlays. It comes in two parts, the epoxy resin and a hardener, which have to be mixed before use. Buy a type with a long open time.
Cyanoacrylate (CA) glue: One bottle or tube of thin CA glue comes in handy for several tasks. Another name for this glue (especially in Europe) is "Super glue".
Double-faced tape: Thin double-faced tape from the stationer's is very useful for various fastening jobs.

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