A four-step guide to making a guitar case

A guitar case is a must-have for anyone who has a collection of guitars. Although buying a guitar case from the market is relatively cheap it gives you a different sense of satisfaction to make your own. Imagine making a one-of-a-kind guitar case for yourself. If you’re interested, read more to find out how it is made.


Products needed for this DIY project:

1.      Three quarter-inch plywood

2.      1/8th inch plywood

3.      Upholstery foam

4.      Velvet

5.      Hardware

6.      Spray adhesive

7.      Screws

8.      Drill

9.      Miter saw


Let’s get started with our DIY project!


Step 1:

First, we will be making a simple frame for our floating desk. For this, you will have to measure the guitar that you want to keep in your guitar case. Make sure to make the case slightly bigger than the guitar so that it’s not too snug. Keeping those measurements in mind, cut four pieces of three-quarter-inch plywood: two for the length and two for the width using a miter saw. Also, cut two pieces of 1/8th inch plywood for the top and the bottom of the guitar case and keep it aside. Sand all the pieces of wood using a wood sander to give them a smooth finish.

Step 2:

Once all the pieces have been cut it’s time to screw them together using some screws and a drill. Put the four pieces of three-quarter-inch plywood together to make the frame and insert the same manner screw on the two pieces of 1/8th inch plywood on the top and the bottom of the frame. Then, you need to split this box into two using a table saw and running all four sides of the box through the blade. You will now be left with two parts. Optionally, you can even add another piece of wood in the center of the bottom half of the guitar case which will have a slit for the neck of the guitar to give it some additional support.

Step 3:

To line the insides of your guitar case to really give it the store-bought guitar case look and feel we will be Using some one-inch upholstery foam covered with velvet. Measure your guitar case and cut the foam accordingly. The top half is fairly simple; you only need to cover the flat surface. For the bottom half of the case, you will need to take into account the height of the sides too to prevent the guitar from hitting the sides. Stick the velvet onto the pieces of foam using some spray adhesive and stick the foam on the guitar case using some more spray adhesive.

Step 4:

Now it’s time to install all the hardware. We will need to screw on three hinges at the back of the guitar case in a way that they are equidistant from each other. On the front of the guitar case, we will be screwing on two latches on the sides and one handle in the middle which will be helpful in carrying the guitar case around. We will also need to screw on some corner pieces on all four corners to give the guitar case some extra support. All these pieces can be screwed on using some screws and a drill.

Your guitar case is now complete! You could even decorate this in any way that you want. We have wrapped the outside of the case using Tolex which gives the guitar case a nice leathery finish. You can however use any other material or medium you want to decorate your case. Store your guitar in this case and make more cases to store your other guitars. Enjoy your latest creation!

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