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Luthier's Friend

Luthier's Friend and Robo-Sander™ with sleeve.

Luthier's Friend, SPLFSS, set-up.

Luthier's Friend in use with Sliding Vise, SPSV.

Bridge Compensation Vice, SPBCV

The Luthier's Friend™ is a precision sanding station, designed for the independent luthier. With it you can thickness and pattern-sand bridges, nuts, saddles, purfling, bindings, ribs, corner blocks, fingerboards and veneers down to 0.010" on your drill press. It will thickness material up to 2-3/4" tall. The Luthier's Friend™ mounts quickly and has excellent dust collection—just attach your shop-vac to the dust collection shroud. Its lower support bearing gives tremendous stability and allows aggressive freehand sanding of complex parts.

In the up position the 2x3" Robo-Sander™ allows you to duplicate parts using a template or an old part as a pattern. In the down position the Robo guide wheel locks into the table creating a lower support bearing which assures maximum stability for thickness sanding. The micro-adjustable fence assures accuracy and adjustments of a few thousandths of an inch are easily achieved.

When you purchase the Luthier's Friend™ you get:

  • The Luthier's Friend table (12x10x3/4") with micro-adjustable fence
  • A 2x3" Robo-Sander™ with a 50 grit sanding sleeve
  • a dust collection shroud
  • 3 extra sanding sleeves (50, 80, and 120 grit)
  • Instruction manual and safety sheet


The Sliding Vise, SPSV, holds small parts (nuts and saddles) securely for safe and accurate thickness sanding. It is a must for making and fine tuning guitar saddles. It can also be used to hold small parts for freehand sanding. It is 8 inches long (purchase separately).

Bridge Compensation Vise, SPBCVCutting the Saddle Slot
The Bridge Compensation Vise will hold a guitar bridge precisely and safely while you mill the compensation slot. Use a shim cut to the proper angle to index the bridge. The Luthier's Friend™ micro-adjustable fence will allow you to set up perfectly and the long base allows for a safe and easy feed. Chuck up an end mill in your drill press and you are set to go.

The SPBCV gives you repeatable accuracy for small production runs. Use it without the shim to drill the bridge pin holes. The Bridge Compensator™ turns your Luthier's Friend™ into a bridge making machine.
Jaw 4-1/2" long  •  Base10" long •  Width 2-3/4"

SKU Product Name In Stock Each  
SPLFSS Luthier’s Friend™ Yes $166.95
SPSV Sliding Vise Yes $19.74
SPBCV Bridge Compensator™ Vice Yes $27.46
SPLF1RS 1" x 2" robo sander w/bearing Yes $19.16
SPLF2RS 2" x 2" robo sander w/bearing Yes $21.74
SPLF2X3RS 2" x 3" robo sander w/bearing Yes $26.25
SPLF3RS 3" x 3" robo sander w/bearing Yes $35.02
SPLF1250 1" x 2" sanding sleeve, 50 grit Yes $1.00
SPLF1280 1" x 2" sanding sleeve, 80 grit Yes $1.00
SPLF2250 2" x 2" sanding sleeve, 50 grit Yes $1.47
SPLF2280 2" x 2" sanding sleeve, 80 grit Yes $1.47
SPLF2350 2" x 3" sanding sleeve, 50 grit Yes $1.94
SPLF2380 2" x 3" sanding sleeve, 80 grit Yes $1.94
SPLF23120 2" x 3" sanding sleeve, 120grit Yes $1.94
SPLF3350 3" x 3" sanding sleeve, 50 grit Yes $2.68
SPLF3380 3" x 3" sanding sleeve, 80 grit Yes $2.68