As a custom luthier I'm frequently called upon to fabricate metal parts for nonstandard guitars and other stringed instruments. I'm primarily a woodworker, but my sputter box and brazing torch don't gather a lot of dust. Although my metalwork has always been adequate, it never reached the high level of workmanship that I really wanted.
Then I found this book, Welding Know-How. The beautiful line drawings clarify the simple, well-written text. The amount of shop experience packed into this volume is amazing. There are step-by-step instructions for building jigs and fixtures, and some surprising ways to modify tools so that the actually work. This hefty volume is a keeper, and in the years to come I'll probably wear it out.
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