Making a Guitar Shelf Part 2: Cutting and Sanding

This was the most time-consuming part of making the guitar shelf. I’ll show step by step how I made it specifically for the children’s  guitar:

  1. Remove the strings of the guitar

Removing the strings is pretty self-explanatory. I kept my strings on the little bridge of the guitar until I had to remove them since I have no idea how to differentiate the different strings. Keep the strings in a safe place until the final steps unless you don’t want your final product to have strings!

Guitar without strings

2.  Go crazy with the jigsaw

Since I used a small guitar, the jigsaw was too low to be used so I had to elevate it on a piece of wood which was pretty ghetto but it worked. The jigsaw was honestly so scary for me to use. I had to wear earphones to block out the screeching sound of the jigsaw and gain the confidence to use it. I tried to cut off the decorated center circle of the ukulele but gave up because I’m terrible at using the jigsaw. So, I resorted to attempting to cut the inner circumference of the guitar by tracing the sharpie lines as shown below until the entire front came off but as you can see, this failed. This is much harder than it looks.

As I was trying to use the jigsaw to trace the perimeter of the guitar, I accidentally cut too far, which made a huge chunk of the front come off. I thought this looked better than me trying to trace the sharpie lines so I just peeled the rest of the front off. Sometimes mistakes are good 😀

I decided that I wanted my guitar to have two shelves so I needed two wood pieces to fit inside the guitar. I found some spare wood in my house so I just used that instead of going out to buy wood. I used the side of a drawer as a support for the jigsaw and I duct taped the wood that I was cutting for the shelf onto the drawer so I wouldn’t cut my fingers off with the jigsaw. Once I had two pieces of wood of the same width and height, I cut about 1/4 of one of the pieces to later make support for the bridge of the guitar.

3. Go crazy with the sandpaper

I had never used sandpaper before until I did this project. Sandpaper is actually so awesome since it smoothens out the wood for a great finish and makes painting easier. After I removed the front face of the guitar, there were some rough edges so I used sandpaper to smooth it all out. Also, at the end of the fret board there was a piece of wood sticking out that took forever to sand off since I couldn’t use my jigsaw on it.

Then, I used sandpaper on the two larger shelf pieces so that they fit in the appropriate spot on the guitar. The third smaller piece is to support the bridge. This took a long time since the size of the wood needs to perfectly fit the guitar. Once the pieces seemed to fit inside the guitar well, I nailed the smallest piece to the center of the largest piece.


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