I've been studying this stuff for many years, but always came up with an excuse not to actually build anything. I did make some mountain dulcimers 40 years ago, so I've figured out a fair amount about the wrong way to install frets. At any rate, I'm plunging ahead with an acoustic build; the body is based on a Gibson LG 2. My design has a boatload of differences, but I expect there will be a strong family resemblance. I'm not rushing anything. So far I've built a few jigs, a shooting board and a steaming box for heating up sides. I tried the shooting board out on some very old sitka spruce and it worked quite well; I got a great glue seam. I've jointed and glued the back plates and this afternoon will be doing some more puttering around, thinning the back and sides to building thickness. Here are a few pics of the project so far. Feels good to make some shavings.