A New Experience for a Worthy Cause

Rob Johnstone with GuitarIf you’re a regular follower of our blog, you have seen videos of our projects at the Craftsman Experience in Chicago and Rob’s video from last summer’s Guitars4Vets event (if not, you can view them here, here, and here).

We’re gearing up for another journey to the Craftsman Experience in the Windy City this week, but this event is a little bit different: we’ll be building a guitar in the span of three days. At the end of the build, the guitar will be presented to Guitars4Vets, who will then auction it off to benefit their organization.

Sounds like a daunting task, right? For such an undertaking, we’ve enlisted not one… not two… but THREE Woodworker’s Journal authors: editor in chief Rob Johnstone, field editor Chris Marshall, and regular contributor George Vondriska.

George Vondriska with GuitarSo come on down to the Craftsman Experience Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (or all three nights!) to witness this amazing confluence of very cool woodworking experience supporting a very worthy cause. Stop by the Craftsman Experience in Chicago (click here for the map) from 5 pm – 9 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (March 11 – 13). There will be live music every night following the build-out … you might even see one of our editors sitting in with the musicians!

Craftsman Experience Flyer
Click to See the Flyer for this Event

If you can’t make it to the event in person, you can follow the action online: just go to http://facebook.com/craftsman and click on the “Experience” tab. After “Like”-ing Craftsman and being asked to accept some Facebook-required permission prompts, you’ll be able to enter the Experience app and watch the demonstration live from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central time (same time, all three days) – all from the comfort of your own computer. There will also be an opportunity to send in questions through the Experience app, so make sure to have some ready to ask the group!

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  • Hello,

    What kind of woodworking tools should I make a body for a guitar?

    I’ve never done any woodwork before and need to learn the names of some tools. I want to get pretty intricate into detail with it, so any tools that do just that would help the most. Thank you so much.

  • Chicago is so far away, when are they having one of these, or similar, down in the southeast?

  • Building a guitar in just 3 days sounds pretty incredible. I wish I could be there, but I’m also a ways from Chicago. I hope you keep your blog updated and let everyone know that reads it how the event goes.


  • I didn’t know you could build a one off guitar in just 3 days. I am dying to know how it turned out. Did it sound good and play nice? Was everything done from scratch or did you have some kind of kit that you put together?

  • I’m part of the Disabled American Veterans and a woodworker. I want to thank you for all your work in helping to give our vets something to improve their quality of life. Keep up the good work and God Bless .