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    Default Building my first box - Recommendations and advice appreciated!

    Hello all,

    Ive been drooling over some of the creations on this forum for a few days now, trying to glean enough knowledge to know where to start building my own.

    I haven't built anything like this before, but I have worked with wood (I am a carpenter)

    The idea is to build a box for my guitar, more for protection than practical transport needs, so a solid wood box will be heavy, but it doesn't matter too much to me.

    I recently fitted a solid bamboo floor in a house I was working on, and was really taken with the look and feel of it, so off I went and found myself 9sq/m of the stuff (I will build a sister case for my new guitar)

    On getting it home I have picked out a marked piece to practice on, and the first impressions were = its a bit tricky

    To be fair, the router bit I was using has seen better days, but I was surprised at just how hard it is to cut/shape etc.

    SO.....

    On to my questions:

    I plan to glue several strips together to make the top/bottom/sides, but having not built anything like this before I was wondering what the best type of joints are for the corners (finger joints or dovetails?) and to fasten the sides to the top/bottom panels (biscuits?)

    Also, I want to make a nice design for the top, but having had a go at freehand routing I think it might prove very difficult! Any tips advice on this?

    Any help would be hugely appreciated, at present I have my feet up on a large pile of bamboo flooring, and a Bosch 1/4" router sat next to me...

    Many thanks in advance,

    Steve.

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    Hi Steve,
    1. Best advice I can give on doing a design is to do it separate and insert later forget free hand routing. Check my box on "Cutlery box" under Bilgola.
    2.Get a good quality router bit.
    Cheers
    Phil

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    Thank you for the reply!

    Yeah, free hand routing is a bit tricky!!

    I have found in "grainless" wood as I call it (MDF etc) it isn't so bad, but having only practiced with MDF, going to Bamboo is a harsh mistress!!

    I definately need a good router bit (or bits) have any of you guys used TREND bits? They are well rated in the UK (http://www.trend-uk.com/) but their "snappy" bit set (albeit NOT for routing) I found, frankly, to be complete garbage. This puts me off their bits somewhat.

    Again, any recommendations would be sublime, as I am about to start making the lids (pics to follow in dedicated thread)

    Thanks

    Steve

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    Your project interests me, however I have very little experience with bamboo, (I once made a split cane rod many moons ago using bamboo cane which was split in to strips) and assume you are not intending to follow the outline shape of a guitar? Or are you?

    BTW. Wealden in the UK do very good router bits and a 24 hour turnaround service.
    woody U.K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jow104 View Post
    Your project interests me, however I have very little experience with bamboo, (I once made a split cane rod many moons ago using bamboo cane which was split in to strips) and assume you are not intending to follow the outline shape of a guitar? Or are you?

    BTW. Wealden in the UK do very good router bits and a 24 hour turnaround service.
    Thanks, I'll make sure to take plenty of pictures as I go, its my first "fine" (i use the term loosely) project.

    I've been playing with 6" sections and different glues, and have settled on one that I am happy with now, so I need to get cracking (especially having bought another guitar!)

    I am going to just make an oblong box for now with a simple hinged lid, though I may make a shaped box for my new guitar!

    Thanks for the tip too, I will try Wealden when I need something

    Steve

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