Making a Guitar Shelf Part 1: Setting Up

Disclaimer: I am not even close to a professional woodcutting person so many things that I did were ghetto because I wanted to be as low-budget as possible.

When trying to come up with a cute birthday present, I stumbled upon a guitar shelf. There was a whole realm of guitar shelves that I didn’t know existed: people were selling them for hundreds of dollars on Etsy, posting videos on how to make them, etc. I knew making this would be a challenge, but I decided to give it a try.

The materials I bought were: (brace yourself for how cheap I am)

  • children’s guitar (I found this on eBay for around $11 with free shipping. You can choose what color guitar you want like black, red, blue, orange…I chose black since I was going to be cutting off the front anyways. Also, if some paint gets scratching off during the cutting process, black is the easiest color to repaint the damage.
  • jigsaw (I actually dreaded buying this because it seems scary af and I would probably cut my hand off, and because jigsaws range from $30-$300. I went with the cheapest jigsaw I could find at Lowes for $30 including tax. Still debating whether I should go back to the store and return this.)
  • paint (all my acrylic paint dried up so I had to buy new brown, black, blue, and white paint. With the 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon, I probably spent $10 on paint.)

The materials I didn’t buy but needed:

  • wood (I used scrap pieces of wood from when I did taekwondo back in 3rd grade.)
  • woodcutting surface (jigsaws require a stable surface to cut wood. Mine wasn’t stable or safe to use, but I used the back of a drawer that was going to be thrown away. Would not recommend because I almost chopped my finger off)
  • sandpaper (so useful)
  • hammer
  • wrench
  • pencil
  • safety stuff (I underestimated the power of the jigsaw. I thought I would be fine just wearing prescription glasses for eye protection, until wood got into my eye and I couldn’t get it out. After that, I wore a mask, goggles, and earplugs.)
Comparison of the guitar I bought to a ukulele
Very cheap jigsaw


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