DIY: transforming a second hand guitar into a stylish shelf

Transformed acoustic guitar into a bookshelf

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Repurposing old or unused items into new and creative pieces is not only environmentally friendly but also allows for personalized touches to be added to your living space. One such DIY project involves transforming a second-hand guitar into a unique and stylish shelf. By following a few simple steps and utilizing tools like the Dremel 8240, you can create a functional and eye-catching shelf that not only showcases your love for music but also adds character to any room in your home.


In this guide, we will walk through the detailed process of converting a guitar into a shelf, from preparing the instrument to mounting the finished product on your wall. Each step will be carefully explained to ensure precision and quality in your craftsmanship. So, gather your materials, unleash your creativity, and let's embark on this exciting DIY journey together!

You need
  • Pencil
  • Measuring stick
  • Wall anchors (if needed)
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood for shelf brackets
  • Wood for shelves
  • Secondhand guitar
  • Wooden shelf board
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter
Step 1 7

Prepare the guitar

Preparing the guitar by cutting.

Start by removing the strings and any hardware attached to the guitar, such as tuning pegs and bridge pieces. This step ensures that you have a clean canvas to work with. Take your time to carefully dismantle these parts to avoid damaging the guitar body. Once disassembled, use a pencil to draw a line along the edge where you plan to saw. This line will serve as a guide to ensure precise cutting. Using a Dremel 8240 with a cutting attachment, carefully cut the wooden shelf board to fit the shape of the guitar body.

Step 2 7

Sand the shelf board

Sanding the cut part of the upcycled guitar.

After cutting the shelf board, it's essential to smooth out any rough edges or surfaces. Use a sanding bit with Dremel 8240 and use it to sand the shelf board until it is smooth to the touch. Pay close attention to areas where the board meets the guitar body to ensure a seamless fit.

Step 3 7

Measure the height for the joists

Measuring with a pencil the height fort he joists of the shelf.

Take a wooden slat and measure how high it needs to be cut to serve as support beams for the shelf. Use a DSM20 Compact Saw to cut the slat to the appropriate height. These joists will provide stability and support for the shelf once it's attached to the guitar body.

Step 4 7

Attach the supports

Attaching with glue the supports for the guitar shelf.

Apply wood glue to the ends of the support beams and carefully position them on the back of the shelf board, ensuring they are evenly spaced and aligned. Use clamps to hold the pieces in place while the glue dries, ensuring a secure connection between the shelf and the support beams.

Step 5 7

Cut the shelves to size

Cutting the shelves to size of the guitar shelf.

Next, proceed to cut the shelves using the DSM20. Secure them once more using wood glue, this time affixing them onto the support brackets. Additionally, attach the bottom shelf to the guitar itself at its base.

Step 6 7

Cut the shelves to size

Transformed acoustic guitar into a bookshelf.

Once everything is assembled and any optional finishes or brackets are in place, it's time to hang your guitar shelf! Use wall hooks or screws to securely mount the guitar on the wall, making sure it's level. By following these steps and utilizing your Dremel rotary tool, you can transform a second hand guitar into a unique and stylish shelf that adds personality to any room in your home. Happy crafting!

Step 7 7

We are Roel (on the left) and Mariëlle (on the right), a father-daughter duo who absolutely enjoy getting creative together through DIY projects. Not only is it fun to work as a team, but it's also exciting to see the results of the projects we create.

Roel is an artist with years of experience creating paintings and sculptures, specializing in abstract art. Mariëlle used to run an interior design blog and a YouTube channel where she showcased many DIY projects.When it comes to our specialty, we would say it's definitely home interior design. We love upcycling furniture and creating custom pieces ourselves.

You can check out our work on Instagram and our website. Here's where you can find us:

Roel's Instagram: @roelwielheesen

Roel's website:
Mariëlle's Instagram: @marielle.frens

COUNTRY:  The Netherlands
SPECIALITY:   Home interior design, upcycling
FAVORITE TOOL: Multitool 8240 because it allows us to do so many different things with it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can use any type of guitar, whether it's an acoustic, electric, or bass guitar. Just ensure it's structurally sound.

An electric guitar can be used similarly to an acoustic guitar. However, ensure any electronics are safely removed before cutting and consider incorporating them into the shelf's design for a unique touch.

While basic woodworking skills are helpful, detailed instructions and Dremel tools make it accessible to beginners.

Absolutely! Feel free to personalize the shelf with paint, decorative elements, or even LED lighting to suit your style and preferences.

Yes, removing strings and hardware ensures a clean canvas for the project and prevents damage to the guitar during cutting and assembly.