Building an instrument is not necessarily about fine woodworking or construction techniques and plans, but is primarily about creating an object to make music with. The object is to build a meaningful, superbly functional, and aesthetically pleasing instrument... something that will inspire you.
I am a musician first and luthier second, and that greatly affects my approach to building. Foremost in my mind is the sound I want the instrument to achieve. All other facets, though important, are secondary. I take great pride in the fit and finish of every instrument I make, but if the sound is lacking... what's the point.