DIY Guitar Scrap Wood Bookends

Quick and easy scrap wood bookends shaped like a guitar

Am I the only one who has an overwhelming amount of scrap wood…and to do lists??   Let’s throw that to do list out the window, and tackle a quick scrap wood project to get our mind off things, shall we?  These DIY guitar shaped scrap wood bookends are legit my favorite scrap wood project of all time.


So let’s get building 🙂

DIY Scrap Wood Project--Simple Guitar Shaped Bookends made from scrap wood and a few simple tools! Build several shapes and sizes to make your own DIY bookends

Sometimes when I’m covered up with big projects and every step of the process seems like it’s not making much progress, it helps to switch pace and get something done–from start to finish–in just a couple hours.  You guys know what I mean, right??


So if you’re looking for a quick distraction from those boring adult responsibilities, I’ve got you covered 🙂  These bookends are SO easy and fun to make.  And the only reason it even takes a couple hours to complete is because the glue has to dry haha.  Otherwise you’re looking at a 15 minute project 😉


Want more scrap wood project ideas??  Click any of the images below for the tutorial to make them!

What you need to make scrap wood bookends:

  • Scrap wood
  • Jig saw
  • Wood Glue
  • Miter Saw
  • Clamps
  • Drill

NOTE: I made these out of poplar for the actual bookend parts and cherry wood for the guitar.  But if you like the two tone look, you could just stain whatever wood you’re using two different colors for the same effect.

Step 1: Cut Out Scrap Wood Guitar

First, I cut down a piece of my scrap cherry wood to about 11″ long.  If you are good at free hand drawing feel free to draw your own guitar–or any design you prefer.  I’m terrible at free hand drawing, so I did a quick Google search and printed off a pattern to cut out and trace onto my board. (I also used it to cut a practice guitar as you see here haha)

Scrap wood guitar template traced to cut

If you aren’t familiar on how to do this, simply find an image shape you like and copy paste it into a Word document.  I like Word because it allows me to resize the image to the size I want with the rulers along the top and side of the page.  Then you can print it out and use it as a template.


On that note, this doesn’t even have to be a guitar at all.  You can make these bookends be anything you want them to be.  Get creative 🙂  Once I had my template, I traced it onto my cherry board and cut it out with a jig saw.

Scrap wood guitar cut out for bookends

I then, sanded it and used a drill with a large bit to drill a hole in the middle of the guitar.

Step 2: Divide Guitar Between Bookends

Now, since there is a left and right bookend, this guitar has to be divided.  I used a speed square and placed my guitar on top like shown.  Then I used a pencil to draw a line across the neck of the guitar where it stuck off the side of the square.  Everything on the left will be on one bookend and everything on the right will be on the other bookend. (Also that mark on the far right was a mistake…ignore that haha)

Mark where to cut guitar to make left and right bookends

Basically, whether you’re working with a scrap wood guitar or something else, you just need to kind of divide it how you want between the two bookends.


I used my jig saw again to cut along this line.

Cut scrap wood guitar in half

Step 3: Assemble Bookends

Next, I cut four pieces of the poplar scrap board to make the bookends.  The boards should all be the same width (ex. a 1×6) and I cut two pieces 5″ long and two pieces 6″ long.

Scrap wood Guitar pieces cut to assemble bookends

I glued the 5″ boards onto the bottom edge of the 6″ boards to make two identical L shapes like shown.  Once the glue is dry, finish the pieces as desired–paint, stain, etc.

Apply glue to attach book end pieces

bookends glued and clamped together

Step 4: Glue Guitar Shape onto Scrap Wood Bookends

Once the glue was dry on the bookends, I added a small drop of glue to the parts of the guitar that will touch the bookend and set it in place.

Glue applied to attach guitar to base of book ends

Guitar glued onto scrap wood

Because the glue surface is small and these are hard to clamp in place, I found it easiest to set it in place so that it kind of stayed on it’s own and didn’t touch it again until the glue dried.  Since the neck was leaning, it kept falling over, so I flipped it over and leaned it against the other bookend so it would stay in place until the glue dried.

Scrap wood guitar bookends glue drying on guitar shapes

And once the glue dried, they were ready to use!

Quick and easy scrap wood bookends shaped like a guitar

I LOVED how these turned out and I love how simple this project is.  You could make these any shape you wanted–you could do letters, names, shapes, animals, whatever.  I’ve played guitar for SEVERAL years, so I thought the guitar was a cute idea for my every growing book collection 😉

Quick and easy scrap wood project--DIY Bookends with Guitars!

I hope you guys enjoyed this quick little distraction scrap wood project and if you want more scrap wood projects, check out the list below for some ideas 🙂

Until next time, happy building 🙂

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