Guitar Memory Box

Guitar Memory Box

Transform an old guitar into a display case for memorabilia.

5 col

Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate

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


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

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