Guitar Shaped Box
I would like to make a guitar-shaped valet/jewelry box for my grandson for his high school graduation. He is an avid guitar player and I thought this would be a very suitable gift.
I have idea of how to do this but I wanted to run my ideas by others on the forum to see if my thoughts are reasonable of if there is a better way.
It will be shaped as in the attached image, I'm thinking about 8" long and whatever width is proportional. Probably make it out of figured maple about 2-1/2" thick.
What I was thinking as the easiest way to do this is to make a template of the interior dimensions (3/8" wall thickness). Then cobble together an overarm pin device allow me to move the stock to follow the template attached to the stock. Using a 1/2" straight bit, I would think that this would hollow out the interior of the box quite nicely, taking 1/8" to 1/4" passes. I have a router book showing sketchy plans for the overarm pin routing device, so should be able to make that.
Then, once I got the inside hollowed out, I can cut the outside, cut off the front where I would build and insert a drawer and cut a top to fit.
Sounds like a lot of details when written out but I cannot think of any other good method of doing it. I thought of using a pattern bit, but I'd have to make a very thick template to keep the bearing in contact with the template - my pattern bit (top bearing) is nearly 2" long. It would be easier to see what I'm doing this way, though.
So, what does everyone think of this? Any other thoughts/ideas or reasons why what I'm thinking won't work?