How to Make an Acoustic Guitar Shelf

6 Materials
4 Hours

Hey guys my name is Bill from the BillSin-Workshop channel. Re-purposing items takes thinking out of the box, and that is what I tried to accomplish with this guitar shelf (it was a damaged guitar from the flea market). If you want to add something different from the ordinary shelves on your living room or bedroom this project is for you! Here is the process I went through to transform this guitar into a cool shelf.

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At the beginning I'm planning how I would like to be.

The first step was removing all the strings from the guitar.

Pliers were helpful on removing the strings.

Then I traced where i would like to cut with a marker a few centimeters from the edge. 

Before cutting the top, I clamped the guitar on my workbench and made sure it was very sturdy and steady. I carefully moved the jig saw along the black marker and used a razor blade to cut between the body and the fretboard. 

After removing the lid I vacuumed the saw dust i made. With the upper lid off of the guitar it was time to move on to the next step. 

I grabbed a pair of strong pliers and used them to remove the wood from the inside of the guitar. An orbital sander also was used to help smooth out the surface. 

Then i brought the wood pieces for the shelves and tried to imagine how I want them. Here you can change the design and put the shelves as you like them. Then i cut them on the table saw but you can also use a hand saw to do the same.

Then it was time to stain the wood pieces and the inside of the body. I use a wallnut stain for the shelves and polyurethane varnish for the whole inside.

I used my drill to drill holes from the back of the guitar and screwed the pieces together. 

Then i used a hot glue gun and glued the led stripes to the inside rim of the guitar. Many clamps were used to hold them in place until the glue dried fully. 

Drill a hole towards the bottom of the guitar so an power source can be connected. 

Here is the finished product.

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  • Joanie
    on Sep 9, 2017

    Was the guitar warped? What was the matter with it?
    • Bklyn Cowgirl
      on Oct 4, 2019

      When I think of all of the financially strapped people who would give their eye teeth to be able to afford even a "cheap" working guitar for their kids or even themselves it breaks my heart to think that anyone would intentionally destroy a perfectly good instrument. Pete Townsend not withstanding. Check out garage and yard sales. They very often have functionally damaged instruments.

  • Sandie Hawley
    on Sep 9, 2017

    I have been thinking about making one of these for my son-in-law who is a musician, thank you so much for the directions. How would you suggest hanging the guitar shelf?
    • Jokneez
      on Sep 11, 2017

      Check out:
      It's the Goodwill Auction site. You can shop goodwills thru the USA or a warehouse near your city. The auction site isn't your regular goodwill store. They are separate Goodwill Warehouses specifically for Auction items.

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