Guitar Shelf!

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About: I am a Grad Student at Lehigh University in the Technical Entrepreneurship Program

Hey everyone,
 So I decided to use an old guitar laying around my house and upcycle it into a shelve. What I did was remove the face of the guitar and put two shelves inside and then hung it up on my wall. It's a fairly simple project but I think it's creative and unique as well. 

You will need:
an acoustic guitar
wood quarter to a half inch thick
drill, screws, wood glue, chisel or screw driver, clamps 

Step 1: Step 1: Removing Strings

Take the strings off of the guitar by loosening the tuning machine and plucking the prongs out of the saddle.

Step 2: Step 2: De-facing the Guitar

Take off the face of the guitar. Clamp the guitar down so the guitar doesn't move around. Start by using a hand saw to cut into the guitar's side about an 8th of an inch down so that you are just cutting away the face. Once the saw has cut enough, you may be able to take a chisel or even a screw driver to pry the rest of the face off.

Step 3: Step 3: Cutting the Shelves

Once you've cleared the face off, measure the inside of the guitar where you would like your shelves to go. Measure the depth of the guitar as well.Cut the wood down to these dimensions.

Step 4: Step 4: Placing the Shelves in the Guitar

Glue the shelves down in place and let dry for a few hours. Then take a drill and drill a screw on both sides of the guitar through the shelves for extra strength. 

Step 5: Step 5: Finishing Up

Finish your project by sanding the guitar down so that there are no chips of wood. Also, if you want to get real creative, you can re-paint your guitar with different colors depending on your taste. Hang up you guitar by drill holes through your guitar-shelf into the wall. I used two screws, but you can use how ever many you feel is necessary for you.

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AlexA429

Question 10 months ago on Step 4

How do you cover the screws on the sides? I'm planning to make such shelves but I want to keep the natural colours... I guess I'll screw the shelves from the back... But I dont know if that's thick enough...

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praga37

1 year ago

If anyone would want to save the top.... this would make a "door" for the shelf itself :)

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MilleC2

3 years ago

But how do you get the shelves to stick? just with glue?

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JONJC5159

4 years ago

Check it out!

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JONJC5159

4 years ago

Trollppl awesome idea just finished my as gift for family member. Changes I made were keeping strings attaches along with strap. Also made it horizontal to hold coffee mugs. Thanks for the idea.

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jeremymbates

5 years ago

I just made this today and I love it! Thanks for the idea man!

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lowky

6 years ago on Step 4

cool instructable. Wasn't sure what it was for at first, because the title is listed as step 1.

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Bongmaster

6 years ago on Step 1

you need to name your instructable ;) its called Step 1 at the moment