verhoevenc Posted May 2, 2009 Report Share Posted May 2, 2009 So, for those that have tried to make all-wood pickup rings for your electric guitars chances are you've discovered that you can either route the outside... or the inside... cause once you've done one, there's no way to do the other without having the thin sides explode. Therefore, most people have come to the decision that at this point it's time to use hand tools, or bandsaw out the rest and sand everything smooth... WELL NOT ANYMORE! Here's how I do mine: Firstly, make a template of the inside of the pickup rings- the part the pickup will stick through. Use this to route a hole in your chosen wood. Be sure to have the end grain at the smaller ends and leave a decent amount of wood on all sides or else the router will destroy the wood in this stage. Here is a picture of the second part of the jig: It is a perfectly rectangular piece of wood, squared on all sides and every way, nothing buy 90 degrees. Then draw a line for how wide you want your edges to be on your pickups rings and then use these lines and your previous template to trace the hole's shape onto this jig. Notice how on the opposite sides there is plenty of extra space, this is on purpose! The pickup ring sides must be thicker because of the need for screws, and the front and back being a little over 1/8". Now, superglue on some small blocks with 220 grit sandpaper glued to them so that there is a block just covering each line on each side. These will center the route in your rings and hold everything snugly in place. Now, imagining that the template is your actual routed wood, this is how it will sit on the jig (but obviously not over-hanging on the end ): Now set your tablesaw fence to the length of the jig and send the end through. Now flip the pickup around in the jig and do the other end (I do the ends first because these are the cuts to expect tearout on). Now set the fence to the width of the jig and repeat the process with the sides. Voila, you now have pickups rings! Sand and attach! Chris Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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