Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag 67
Showroom shine

Luthier and Instructor, Robert O'Brien shows how to use a couple of products to get that final showroom shine on your instrument.
Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag 67
Showroom shine
02:52
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Removing buffing compound residue
02:04
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UV Pore Fill
03:55
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Drilling tuner holes
01:50
Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag 63
Twill tape
06:51
Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag 62
LMI Nut and Saddle Setup Gauge
02:26
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Super Six Planer
03:53
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How often to sharpen tools
02:36
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Lutherie wax and lemon oil
03:32
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Is it really as easy at it looks?
03:53
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Radiusing braces
04:54
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Marketing your work
06:11
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Calibrating hygrometers
07:44
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A better glue bottle
106:44
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Friendly plastic
02:23
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The articulated clamp
03:19
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Pore filling rosettes
03:57
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Sealing tuner holes before finishing
02:57
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Closing the Box
03:45
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Working with problem woods
05:34
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Sandpaper
03:39
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High gloss without a buffer
03:16
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LMI pre
carved classical neck
02:37
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Bending Bindings
03:32
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Safe
t
planer
03:07
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Binding jig advice
05:17
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Tonewood
07:07
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Baking Tops
03:11
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Re
attaching a bridge
06:21
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LMI Yellow glue
03:09
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Pandora's Box
11:48
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Royal Lac
36:31
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Aqua Coat pore filler
06:01
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Drilling an end pin hole
03:28
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K&K Guitar pickup install
03:56
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Side bending
03:56
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Mando pickup install
10:11
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Shellac and sawdust pore fill
06:04
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Shop design
14:31
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Redwood
02:24
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Burn in sticks
02:31
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Tonerite
05:06
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Determining Finish type
03:26
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Finish repair
10:29
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Fret Removal
04:34
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Pickguards
09:41
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Nut slots
04:49
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CA glue for gap filling
03:59
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Working pain free
03:53
Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag 18
Gluing frets
01:43
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Fretboard Binding
08:20
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CA Glue
07:23
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LMI Fret Tang Filer
02:20
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CA glue and tie block bones
03:50
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Buffing high gloss finishes
03:17
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Pickups
08:52
Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag 11
CA glue on fret ends
03:53
Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag 10
Sunburst Finishes
03:20
Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag 9
Hide Glue
09:27
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UV systems
03:53
Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag 7
Dust Collection
04:27
Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag 6
Bindings with CA glue
05:10
Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag 5
Vacuum fixtures
02:31
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String height at the nut
03:33
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Crack Repair
04:14
Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag 2
Filing fret Ends
05:46
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Hygrometers
04:30

About My Video Series

Luthier Tips du Jour

In 2008 I started a free instructional video series on Youtube called Luthier Tips du Jour. This series has become very popular the world over and has grown to be a very inclusive “How to” video library. It continues to grow as I add more videos every few weeks to the already extensive list.

How I began the Luthier Tips du Jour series is an interesting story. I literally had the idea come to me in the shower one morning. Not knowing anything about video editing or even camera work I almost gave up on several occasions. In the beginning I was spending more than 40 hours to produce a 5 minute video. It took an exacting toll on me, my shop time and my personal life. LMI turned me onto some video editing software and that helped considerably. I now am able to edit the videos much quicker but still spend a considerable amount of time to produce the videos. It has been a huge learning curve for me and I continue to learn more about video production with each video I produce. You will notice as you watch the videos that over time the quality of the editing has improved considerably.

The second largest viewing audience I have comes from Brazil. In February of 2009 Cesar Tessarin suggested adding English and Portuguese subtitles to the videos and then took on the task of translating the audio and including the subtitles for both languages in the videos! This is also a monumental task and I am very grateful to Cesar for taking this on. Using the CC option on Youtube allows the viewer to then have the subtitles translated into any other language. Having the Portuguese subtitles allows the Youtube CC translation to be more true to the original when translating to other Latin based languages than if it were being translated from English.

Luthiers Mercantile International proudly sponsors the Luthier Tips du Jour videos. In addition to LMI, videos 1-65 also say sponsored by the Red Rocks Community College School of Lutherie. I started that program in 2003 and grew it to International recognition with over 100 students per semester. However, I left the college in March of 2012 and am no longer associated with the school. Videos after number 65 reflect this.

I hope you enjoy the videos and appreciate my efforts.

Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag

Over the years I have gotten many emails from viewers around the world asking questions on topics they have seen in my Luthier Tips du Jour videos. So, in January of 2013 I decided to address some of these questions in a new series called Luthier Tips du Jour Mailbag. These videos are not subtitled.

Product Videos

I have been asked to do many product demo and instructional videos. Since I am a consultant for LMI I do most of the videos for the products they develop. These are available here as well as on DVD’s when you purchase the products from them. Some of these videos are short demo videos while others are very in depth instructional videos on how to set up and use different products.

Other Videos

Here you will find a bunch of my other videos. These range from videos of guitars produced in my private guitar building classes to videos of artists playing some of my guitars as well as interviews with people like renowned luthier José Romanillos.