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How to Build a Guitar Display Cabinet

Updated February 21, 2017

Making a guitar display cabinet can be a great way to show off a beautiful instrument. By making the cabinet out of high-quality oak and staining it a colour that complements your decor, you can amaze friends and family with your guitar as a work of art.

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  1. Create the main box for the display cabinet out of oak. Oak is easy to stain and has a pleasing grain that will accentuate the beauty of the guitar you wish to display. Cut a piece to 36 by 48 inches. This will be the back piece.

  2. Cut the sides and top and bottom pieces. Make the side pieces 48 by 8 inches and the top and bottom pieces to 36 by 8 inches. This will ensure your cabinet is deep enough to display your guitar.

  3. Attach the top, bottom and sides to the back pieces, flush to each edge. Use wood glue and small nails through the back piece to secure the sides, top and bottom and leave to dry for 24 hours.

  4. Stain the guitar cabinet. Sand the cabinet and apply the stain liberally to the wood, using a cloth to remove the excess stain. Allow to dry according to the directions on the can. You can choose whatever colour you wish, but it may be a good idea to choose a colour that will look nice on your wall.

  5. Attach a guitar wall hanger inside the cabinet. This will allow you to hang your guitar in the cabinet and make it very easy to remove and replace the guitar when you wish to play it. Attach it about 10 inches from the top of the cabinet, in the centre of the back piece.

  6. Attach a single hinged glass door to your cabinet. Drill the holes for the top and bottom hinges of the door. Make sure the door is 48 inches tall and attach a small block with a magnet on the non-hinged side to keep it in place when closed. You may also choose to skip this step and leave your cabinet with no door.

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Things You'll Need

  • Oak
  • Saw
  • Wood glue
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Orbital sander
  • Stain
  • Brush
  • Glass door
  • Guitar wall hanger

About the Author

Christian Mullen is a graduate from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in finance. He has written content articles online since 2009, specializing in financial topics. A professional musician, Mullen also has expert knowledge of the music industry and all of its facets.

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