I work as an analyist in an environmental lab... complete opposite of anything resembling a luither
I'm in that group too... I've been able to transfer the skills I've learned DIY-ing guitars over to household projects. Knowing about woods and glues and whatnot is definately a plus to do proper fixes vs. just trying to duct tape everything together.
I couldn't find a pic of the first guitar I did but I know I have one on a hard drive somewhere. I do have others I can post tho.
These two are my 2nd & 3rd builds done in 2004. The black & red tribal looking one was my first attempt at painting.
This one was done in 2006 after after having about 6 or so builds under my belt. A modified version of an Iceman adding an upper horn.
This Firebird style one was done around 2009 or so.
The next couple were done around 2011-2012. The first one was inspired by a bat wing shaped guitar I saw online & the other is a 12 string build.
Lastly are 2 I finished over this past summer. Both have the same body shape of a modified Iceman/Fireman. Basically it's the fireman flipped back around to look like an Iceman but keeping the small horn cutout and shaped so it looks right. One's a regular 6 string and the other a short scale bass.
I'd like to think that I've shown some improvement over the years. I do know that my confidence level has grown alot doing these projects from when I first started. As you can tell I gravitate more toward natural wood or dyed wood look with an oil finish rather than paint & lacquer. I'm not a big fan of high gloss finishes mainly because fingerprints and smudges drive me nuts. They don't show up on matte oil finishes.
Recently I've been messing around with paint pens and matte poly finishes which I must say I'm having fun with. This is my current project a 97 iceman restoration. I had it almost finished but then accidentally chipped the finish and had to fix it. Now I'm just waiting for a few days for the weather to be nice so I can finish up spraying it. Stupid Louisiana weather, one place where you can experience all 4 seasons in one day... wake up with the heater on then watch the rain come down and by the end of the day it's sunny and the AC is running full blast. Anyway here's a pic of that one.