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Displaying Your Guitar With Acrylic

09 Aug

“Hi, In your article above, you talked about making your own guitar display case. Do you have instructions/advice on how to do it? Please let me know.Thank you. Regards, Greg”

 

Dear Greg,

I scoured the net looking for some cool ideas and here they are along with an educated guess to how you’d put it together…

btw – if you’re in Toronto, Ontario then call Warehoused Plastic Sales, otherwise look in the Yellow Pages under “plastics distribution” or “plastic distributor” for all the materials mentioned here.


3/8″ clear acrylic, 6 sided box (2 of each – 3 different sized pieces), acrylic hinges at the top, cemented with Weld-On 3 or 4, the head appears to be locked in with simple “L” shapped pieces of acrylic (slides in right to left), and the head appears to be held up with a vertical piece of acrylic camoflaged by the photo – all material you can buy at your local plastic distributor.


This is a very simple project. 1 Piece of 3/8″ or 1/2″ acrylic at the top affixed to two pieces of MDF or wood covered in case fabric – my guess is they couldn’t match the exact fabric of an old case so they went to their local fabric store and got enough material to redo the case AND the sides. The top piece of acrylic would have P shape grooves cut in to them to securely fit and hold the necks.


Simple six sided box cemented together – the top piece appears to have 4 pieces cemented onto its bottom to secure into the main body of the display. Two small rectangular pieces of acrylic secure the neck near the head. There appears to be two screw holes across from the top tuning pegs to affix the display to the wall.


Wooden box with acrylic front affixed by metal hinges.


Cut the top out of a metal road case, use epoxy to cement in 1/4 acrylic, use some kind of foam base to shape the bottom and cover it in fabric.


1/4″ clear acrylic 5 sided box cemented to a piece of black acrylic. Clear acrylic hinges on the top with an acrylic clasp. Black acrylic cemented on the bottom as “legs”


NOW… JUST FOR AN IDEA

Find a local vacuum former (Yellow Pages under thermal forming or vacuum forming) and have them suck a piece of acrylic or PETG over the top of your guitar. This will create an identical shell in the shape and texture of your favorite axe. Then, hinge the shell to a piece of wood or plastic underneath it.


Use florescent edge acrylic like they do in car audio systems to make your own guitar amp

* * * SOME NOTES ON PIECING YOUR ACRYLIC PROJECT TOGETHER * * *

There’s no 2nd chances with acrylic. You work with wood, make a mistake, you sand it out. You scratch acrylic or get cement on it – it’s done, move on to the next piece.

Cementing: When working with acrylic cement you’re actually bonding at the molecular level – remember putting together model cars or planes and when the glue got on a part it literally melted it? That’s what’ll happen here. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

Cutting: You can cut acrylic on a table saw but make sure you leave the protective masking on – maybe you should ask for paper masking so you can draw shapes on the piece to cut out. Your edges have to be perfect – no chatter from the blade. You should use a planer (jointer) to achieve a smooth edge for gluing.

Drilling: use a drill bit rated for plastic. It has a 90 degree point vs a 45 degree point found on most wood bits. This reduces the stress when the bit pushes through the other side of your piece to AVOID CRACKING. Use a chamfer bit or sand the hole to get rid of any burrs or fractures, otherwise the piece may crack at these points.

Your workshop should have ZERO humidity and ZERO dust – humidity will cause bubbles at the joints and dust will just screw things up.

It may be worth it to be the design engineer for the project and let an experienced plastic fabricator put the pieces together for you. In the end, it’ll all work out EXACTLY the way you want.

ASK QUESTIONS – inquire about glass edge, exotic edge, florescent edge, matte finishes… build little scale models before committing to the big project.

Working with acrylic can be very exciting – but, it can be frustrating too. It’s just part of the game.

Send me your project pictures – those that worked and those that didn’t. We’d love to show case your work.

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4 Comments

Posted by on August 9, 2007 in Acrylic, Fabrication, General Knowledge, Recreation

 

4 responses to “Displaying Your Guitar With Acrylic

  1. Julio

    December 1, 2007 at 2:09 am

    Hello!

    I have a guitar autographed by Eric Clapton that I would like to display, and the “Wooden box with acrylic front affixed by metal hinges” shown on this page is exactly what I am looking for.

    Do you know who made it, and where I can get one? I do not have access to a workshop, so I wouldn’t be able to make one.

    thanks,
    Julio

     
  2. Ron A

    March 9, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Hey Julio,
    If you haven’t had any responses yet, get in touch at
    drkstr47@hotmail.com , sure I could help you out..

     
  3. Bookmyer, Marilyn

    August 12, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Interested in acrylic guitar case asap.
    1-410-749-9522
    Ask for Marilyn will be in store after 11am today!

     

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