Guitar Memory Box

Transform an old guitar into a display case for memorabilia.

Guitar Memory Box

Transform an old guitar into a display case for memorabilia.

5 col

Difficulty:Easy/Intermediate

Materials
Old guitar
4" × 10½" poplar wood shelf (top)
4" × 15" poplar wood shelf (bottom)
Jigsaw with fine-tooth blade
Painter’s tape
Needle-nose pliers
Pneumatic nail gun
23-gauge finishing nails
Wood glue
Circular sander with 150-grit sandpaper
Drill driver
3/8" drill bit
Permanent marker
Ruler

Steps

1. Remove the guitar strings by loosening the tuning pegs and clipping the strings at the saddle with needle-nose pliers



2. Outline the perimeter of the guitar body with painter’s tape



3. Use a permanent marker to outline the perimeter of the guitar body. This will help provide a guide for cutting with the jigsaw. You don’t have to cut right to the edge of the guitar sides – you can just eyeball it



4. Once you have drawn the outline, use a jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade to cut along the marked line



5. Completely remove the top of the guitar’s body



6. With the circular sander and 150-grit sandpaper, sand the freshly cut edges



7. Once the edges are smooth, wedge the 4" × 15" bottom shelf into the desired location



8. Secure the shelf into the guitar with the pneumatic nail gun and 23-gauge finishing nails. Insert the nails on the guitar body side



9. Wedge the 4" × 10½" top shelf into the guitar body, and secure with finishing nails



10. Add memorabilia to the shelves