William “Grit” Laskin advises readers to set aside thoughts of instrumentmaking as being too tough or not enough about furniture. Here, he covers the trickier and most troublesome processes in making a steel-string guitar (a thorough explanation would fill up a book). Laskin talks about general theories of guitar design that guide selection of materials, and brings readers to the first assembly stages dealing with the soundboard, or top, and the back. An extensive drawing kicks off his explanations of the luthier process, and he details how the shape evolved, what materials are best to use, cutting strategies, joining tips, and further reading and suppliers.

From Fine Woodworking #67