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Tutorial Videos

We are pleased to sponsor instructional and informative videos to aid you in your building projects. Robbie O'Brien is the creator of many of our videos. He is one of the most experienced guitar building instructors in the U.S. He founded and, for nine years, directed the Lutherie Program at Red Rocks Community College in Denver, CO. Thousands of LMI customers have used his DVDs for building and finishing guitars. Robert currently offers online building courses for mandolin, classical, flamenco, steel string and electric guitars, as well as rosette making, fretwork, French polish, spray finishing and even sharpening. In addition, he offers private classes. These new video courses are well organized, clear and entertaining.


LMI Drill Press Rosette Cutter

drill press rosette cutter
Robbie O'Brien using the Rosette Cutter
Length 11:32
See Rosette Cutter

 

GluBoost MasterTint Repair

GluBoost Master Tint Tutorial Video
Robbie O'Brien ding repair with GluBoost products.
Length 7:16
See GluBoost

 

Nut & Saddle Setup Gauge

LMI nut and saddle setup gauge
How to use the LMI nut and saddle setup gauge
Length 2:25
See Nut and Saddle setup gauge 

 

How Often to Sharpen Tools

How Often to Sharpen Tools
Robert O'Brien answers some questions.
Length 2:36
See Sharpening Tools 

 

Pore filling rosettes

Pore filling rosettes
The method for pore filling rosettes.
Length 3:57
See Solid Wood Rosettes 

 

How to seal your tuner holes

Sealing tuner holes before finishing
to prevent finish cracking on the peghead.
Length 2:57
See CA glue and micro-pipettes

 

Closing the Box

Closing the Box
& maintaining your centerline.
Length 3:45

 

Sandpaper Tricks

Sandpaper Tricks
with Robbie's O'Brien
Length 3:39

 

How to Achieve a High Gloss Finish

Routing a Binding Ledge
without using a buffer.
Length 3:16
See Micromesh

 

Bending Bindings & Purflings

Bending Bindings & Purflings
with a focus on bindings with a laminate.
Length 3:32
See Wood bindings

 

Routing a Binding Ledge

Routing a Binding Ledge
with the LMI binding jig
Length 5:17
See LMI Binding Machine

 

Tonewood Talk

Tonewood
with O'Brien & Sakimoto
Length 7:07
See Mostly Wood

 

LMI yellow Instrument glue

Re-attaching a bridge
A quick glue review.
Length 3:09
See LMI yellow instument glue

 

Re-attaching a bridge

Re-attaching a bridge
using the vacuum bridge clamp.
Length 6:21
See Vacuum Bridge Clamp

 

Jack the Gripper

Jack Installation Tool
Jack installation & tightening tool
Length 1:21
See Jack the Gripper

 

Drilling an end pin hole

Drilling an end pin hole
For end pin or pickup component hole.
Length 3:28
See Acoustic pickups

 

Bone Shims

Several fixes using bone shims
Several fixes using bone shims.
Length 2:34

 

K&K pickup installation on an F5 style mandolin

K&K pickup installation on an F5 style mandolin
Step-by-step demo with Robbie.
Length 10:10

 

Shellac & Sawdust Pore Fill

Shop Design
Instant color match!
Length 6:03
See Shellac

 

Shop Design

Shop Design
Great tips on designing your shop.
Length 14:30

 

Neck Removal

Finish Repair
An attitude adjustment.
Length 10:28
See Neck Blanket
 

 

Working with Problem Woods

Working with Problem Woods
Making lesser quality wood work.
Length 5:35

 

Determining Finish type

Determining Finish type
How to determine what kind of finish is on your guitar.
Length 3:25

 

Finish Repair

Finish Repair
How to repair a finish using CA glue.
Length 10:28
See CA glue
 

 

Fret Removal

Fret Removal
How to remove frets from a fretboard.
Length 04:33
See End or Fret Cutters
 

 

Working pain free

Working pain free
Things to do in your shop to avoid working with pain.
Length 03:52

 

Fretboard Binding

Fretboard Binding
How to attach binding to the side of a fretboard.
Length 08:19
See Wood Binding & Adhesives

 

CA glue and tie block bones

CA glue and tie block bones
Attaching tie block on a classical bridge.
Length 03:49
See Tieblock inlays & CA glue

 

Removing Finish Scratches

Buffing High Gloss Finishes
Spraying • Sanding • Buffing
Length 03:16
Buffing & Polishing

 

Using CA glue

CA glue on fret ends
to fill the gaps on the fret ends.
Length 03:52
See
CA Glue

 

Importance of Humidity

Importance of Humidity
with Andy Lund, Taylor Guitars
Length 06:47

 

Hygrometers

Home Made Hygrometer
Make a simple hygrometer.
Length 04:29
See Hygrometer

 

Dust Collection

Dust Collection
4 steps for effective dust control.
Length 04:25
See article: The Dangers of Dust!

 

Vacuum Fixtures

Vacuum Fixtures
with Robert O'Brien.
Length 09:40

 

Classical Guitar Building

Classical Guitar Building
Private class at O'Brien Guitars.
Length 06:03

 

Pickguards

Pickguards
How to make & install.
Length 09:40
See Pickguard sheets

 

Crack Repair

Crack Repair
Repairing cracks in your guitar.
Length 03:24

 

Binding with CA Glue

Sunburst Finishes
Installing binding using CA glue.
Length 05:10
See Cyanoacrylate glues (Super glues)

 

Applying Finishes

Sunburst Finishes
Opaque/Sunburst 
Length 03:20
See Finishing (Dyes/Finishes)

 

Hide Glue

Hide Glue
How to mix & use animal glue.
Length 09:27
See Granular Hide Glue

 

O'Brien Guitars Class

Pickguards
Watch a guitar being built in 5 days.
Length 08:21
See LMI acoustic guitar kits

 

Shellac

shellac
All about shellac & how to mix.
Length 05:10
See Shellac & French Polish

 

Cutting Binding Channels by Hand

Intonation
Using the LMI gramil.
Length 03:18
See Schneider gramil

 

Intonation

Intonation
Adjusting intonation
Length 06:23
See Intonation article

 

UV Cured Finish

UV Cured Finish
The pros/cons
Length 03:57

 

LMI Pre-Carved and Semi-Carved Necks

LMI Pre-Carved and Semi-Carved Necks
Installation process
Length 07:04
See Carved Necks

 

Purflex

Purflex
How to install Purflex.
Length 07:04
See Purflex

 

Bridge Hole Drill Jig

LMI Bridge Hole Drill Jig
How to use.
Length 02:44
See LMI Bridge Hole Drill Jig

 

The Arm Bevel

The Arm Bevel
Executing the arm bevel.
Length 6:34

 

Tonewood

Tonewood
A discussion of Tonewoods.
Length 10:13

 

Band Saws

Band Saws
Set up and use a band saw.
Length 16:04

 

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