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So here is a list of some of the best places I’ve found for Ukulele Luthier Tools and Supplies. I have put the list together based on several factors including: quality, price, availability and delivery fees. I hope you find this a useful reference point when searching for those tools and hardware you need for ukulele building or to make your own ukulele. There are a few extra tips on where and how to buy your tools at the bottom of the list, don’t miss those.
- Tilgear – General better quality hand tools. Check out their “Special Offers” section for regular bargains.
- Axminster – Own range of “Rider” block planes are good for the price. Free UK delivery over £50.
- FFX – Good for power tools, fixings, consumables and lower grade hand tools. Free delivery.
- Rutlands – General better quality hand tools. Sign up to newsletter for regular sales and discounts.
- Workshop Heaven – High quality hand tools, “Schtickle” and a strong ebay presence for bargains.
- Classic Hand Tools – Good price on the fantastic Lie-Nielsen Chisel Set. Free UK delivery over £45.
- CPC – Fixings and consumables. Check out their “Special Offers” section for regular bargains.
- Dictum – Speciality tools for instrument making from Germany. Free UK delivery over €150.
- LMII – Speciality tools for instrument making from US. Fantastic knowledge-base of Luthier’s tips.
- Stew Mac – Speciality tools for instrument making from US. How-To videos and resources.
- Tool Line – Bargains to be found on hand tools and Dremel accessories. Free UK delivery over £50.
- Madinter – Speciality tools for instrument making from Spain. Free UK delivery over €250.
- Tone-Tech – Speciality tools for instrument making from UK. “Bargain Corner” and How-To’s.
- Cremona Tools – Speciality tools for instrument making from Italy. Graduating/Thickness Calipers.
- David Dyke Luthier Supplies – Speciality Luthier tools and tonewood, good price on 1:30 Reamer.
- UK Ukee Tool Webstore – Finally this is a selection of the best deals and bargains found on Amazon.
It’s always worth comparing prices against ebay and Amazon. Don’t forget to check out your local second-hand shops, car boot sales, flea-markets and friends for old tools, as they are often better made and longer lasting compared to some modern tools. Be careful what you buy, do some research on what to look out for before you buy. If it’s really cheap and has a good brand name on it, then you can’t go far wrong, unless the thing is falling apart. Most tools will need some fettling whether they are new or old, you’ll often have to sharpen or replace blades or other parts for anything second-hand that you do pick up.