Handmade jigs and tools
There are a lot of tools you can buy for guitar building that would break the bank if you tried to get them all. What I can not afford I try and build until I can afford to get the nice stuff.
For instance.... A few people want me to make them an acoustic guitar after seeing and hearing mine so I'll be building more than I thought when I first started this journey. A thickness sander would make a few jobs a lot nicer. So far I have been using a hand plane for most and cabinet scraper/sanding block
for the crazy grain stuff. It works but it is pretty labour intensive and a little inconsistant on thickness if you are not careful. For some odd reason I can't convince my wife that a new thickness sander would be worth the money... yet. It is only around $1500.00 CAD. So... I looked around my shop and shed and found enough scraps to try and make one. And it actually works. It is not big enough for a joined front or back but now I'm thinking about making a bigger one with an old electric motor.
So... end of the day... I think I've only spent about $70.00. Not too bad. I'll just buy the stuff that I can't make first. 🙂
I like you're style @bpower , part of the fun of guitar building for me is finding a way to do it. You're next challenge is to add dust extraction to your thicknesser.
Already thought of the dust extraction @robin. If I hadn't broken my hole saw I would have done it. It will have one but for now I just could wait to try it out. 🙂