How to Make a Classical Guitar Case

hands playing an acoustic guitar
What You'll Need
A saw
Drill and bits
Sound proof material for padding
A glue for wood
Measuring tape
Latches and hinges
L-shaped brackets
Bolts and nuts
3 plywood sheets
Waterproof paint

Making a classical guitar case on your own is both fun and practical. You will need the case to protect your valuable guitar when you store it at home or when you are taking it with you. If you wish to have a long and healthy relationship with your classical guitar obviously you need to take a good care of it, protecting it from scratches, spills, and anything that might hurt its appearance and its value. Here is how you can make a simple case for your classical guitar.

Step 1 – Making an Outline

Take the plywood you have bought and place the guitar on the sheet. The plywood you should buy should be two times more than you need and larger than your guitar. Make the outline of the guitar but make sure that you make it a couple of inches larger as well. Repeat the same on two sheets of plywood.

Step 2 – Cutting the Outline

Use the saw to cut the outline of the guitar you have created. When you get to the point where the guitar’s body and neck join you should make a straight line 2 inches higher than the joining part.

Step 3 – Measuring the Guitar

This step can also be the first, but it all depends on how you work. Measure the width of the guitar including its strings, but make sure that you measure its neck and body separately. Make markings according to the measurements on the plywood pieces. You should make eight pieces in total that include two pieces for the joint of body and neck, two pieces for the neck, two sides, the bottom, and the top.

Step 4 – Assembling the Pieces

When you are done with the pieces you should start assembling them. Use the brackets you have every three to four inches and attach the boards of the side using the bolts and nuts. Use the glue at their joints. You should have something like a box with a narrow and large side. Take the other box shape you have and measure for the hinges. Drill where you want them and attach carefully. Go to the other side and attach the latches, starting from the bottom of the case towards the top.

Step 5 – Final Touches

Take the glue you have and line the case. Take a piece of the case material you have and roll it where the neck is. Glue this part to the crook making sure that the neck will rest on it. Let the case dry for a couple of days and then check if the glue is dry. Once it’s done use the waterproof paint you have bought to paint the case the way you like. Let the case dry for a day and enjoy your new guitar case. You can also line the case with soft fabric available at a fabric store to protect the guitar's finish.