I’ve seen a lot of fantastic “Made on a GF” products. And over the years have pumped out many thousands of relatively simple items entirely with my GF. But from the very first day my plan was to use the GF as a tool maker, not a primary tool. Have created a lot of jigs and templates that have made my other hobbies so much easier.
I recently completed my first made from scratch open back banjo. Am amazed at how well it turned out. Feels, looks and plays excellent. Obviously this project could not have been completed using the GF as the primary tool. I used planers, belt and oscillating sanders, bandsaw, drill press, router and many hand tools. But the GF was the tool I used to prototype jigs, forms, make templates, and score a very precise fret layout.
Prototyped a jig to cut the banjo neck to rim joint.
Template for making a rim form and steam bending form
Template for the neck profile
Template for layout of fret positions
Used the GF to score fret position directly on the Richlite fret board.
Template for peghead and heel cap
Template for fretboard shape
Template for fretboard position markers
Prototype parts for the dowel stick drilling jig
Working on my 2nd banjo now. Have some additional ideas where best to use the GF.