I built a guitar out of a SHELF during lockdown !

18 มิ.ย. 2020
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This is my third guitar build, handcrafted in Brussels, Belgium.
I used wood from a shelf to make the body, not only because Brian May is my hero, but mostly because the build started in mid April 2020, as Belgium was in complete lockdown and my usual lumber store was closed. Making this guitar may look tedious (or stupid) to you, but this was my own personal therapy during this insane period.
Update (January 2021): I've been teaching myself how to build guitars for the last 15 months, so I thought I'd share my findings with you all. Here is my first (and most likely only) tutorial on " How to make a guitar at home : a comprehensive guide for the weekend woodworkers and other guitar enthusiasts with no woodworking experience who always had the dream of building their own guitar but never really knew where to start" :
thworld.info/to/rKOV0pPQzoVx138/w-d-xo
For those who wonder why I even had a sapele shelf in the first place, full story here : imgur.com/gallery/I3T7h2R

0:00 Little sound demo
0:19 Top and back
5:19 Sides
9:42 Neck and fretboard
19:59 Finish and electronics
24:52 Beauty shots!
Here are the specs:
- Sapele top and back
- Mahogany & sapele sides (two plys)
- Wenge & mahogany laminated neck
- Ebony fretboard
- 628,65 mm (24"3/4) scale, 22 jumbo frets (6105) with ebony fretboard binding
- Seymour Duncan hot rodded pickups (SH on the neck , JB on the bridge), two volumes two tones (CTS, all audio, 500k) no push/pull, three way toggle switch short frame (Switchcraft)
- Schaller tail piece and bridge
- Kluson tuners
- Graphtec nut
- Custom made pickguard and trussrod cover (3 plys)
This was as demanding as it was fun ! The whole build took me about 2 months, working on and off when I had the time.
I'm not a professional guitar builder and don't sell guitars, even if I find your private messages very touching and somehow flattering.
I'm probably going to pass this one on to my kids someday, as a reminder that hard work can be rewarding sometimes.
You can find all my builds on my Instagram @
instagram.com/tchiksguitars
I build guitars, furniture, toys, random household items ...
again, only for my family and myself :)
little update (December 2020): a lot has happened since this video came out and I haven't had the chance to record the demo yet, but I did 2 other builds, including one with my hand in cast and using only hand tools (I think it's a fair answer to those blaming on my " crazy expensive power tools") :
the video is here :
thworld.info/to/bqOpvmTbmIGOrJ0/w-d-xo
As soon as I'm done with physiotherapy and can hold a guitar again in the playing position, I'll record the shelf guitar demo !
thanks for watching, and stay safe, this nightmare of a year is almost over !

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  • Update (January 2021): I've been teaching myself how to build guitars for the last 15 months, after two years of being a woodworking hobbyist, so I thought I'd share my findings with you all. Here is my first (and most likely only) tutorial on *" How to make a guitar at home : a comprehensive guide for the weekend woodworkers and other guitar enthusiasts with no woodworking experience who always had the dream of building their own guitar but never really knew where to start"* : thworld.info/to/rKOV0pPQzoVx138/w-d-xo I believe that in this day and age, ANYONE can build a guitar at home. So ... prove me wrong?

    tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture6 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Electricherald.com

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Salut bravo pour ce super boulot pour une première c est génial j aimerai savoir où tu te procurer les .patrons pour cette gratte j ai un.parie avec un.pote luthier que j aimerai bien relever cette année merci d avance bonne continuation.

      Thierry SchirkThierry Schirk3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Beautiful!!!! 😯

    Raul CortezRaul Cortez4 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Vous avez bien fait. Ces étagères n'étaient pas terribles.

    Julian MarrelJulian Marrel4 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • This is an inspiring story! I'm close to starting my first guitar build. Like you, inspired by Brian May I intend to use some 100 year old timber from my house (no longer needed!). I'm planning to use an old mahogany bannister rail for the neck and some massively thick pine for the body (I know that pine isn't ideal but this is a recycled guitar). It would be really interesting to me if you could show your first guitar. Thanks again for a brilliant video!

    Mark FieldingMark Fielding7 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
    • I did an entire tutorial 2 weeks ago, I think it will be a good start for you :) cheers

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture6 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Sounds like a shelf!

    Oliver KirklandOliver Kirkland10 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • 26 minutes of pure art!! Thanks man!!

    Luiz Fernando BispoLuiz Fernando Bispo11 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Wow magnifique 🤩 T’as un sacré atelier et un sacré talent

    Killian WrnKillian Wrn11 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Before u know it all your furniture is Gone...but at least you'll have 20 Beautiful Guitars lolol

    slipperman6770slipperman677012 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • awesome!

    XabiXabiวันที่ผ่านมา
  • My skills are limited to making my guitar a coaster. Awesome video. Im so jealous.

    DaveDaveวันที่ผ่านมา
  • iMPRESIONANTE, ,SUBLIME.

    ChegsChegsวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thank you - this was perfectly calming and truly inspiring.

    Scott AndersonScott Andersonวันที่ผ่านมา
  • when your money is not enough to buy a new guitar

    KazeKazeวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I wish I had the tools to try this... Where did you get the wood? I live right next to Brussels and I might have a go at this haha

    Nisse MeysNisse Meysวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Luar biasa,pasti mahal harganya seni yg tinggi

    budi santosobudi santosoวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I think Brian May beat you to it by several decades. Only he made his with only hand tools and no power tools

    Marie JohnsonMarie Johnson2 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • But he used two hands. thworld.info/to/bqOpvmTbmIGOrJ0/w-d-xo

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • WOW !!! Respect. and the Sound, wow. g from germany

    otis777otis7772 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It is incredibly dangerous to do this, what will your books sit on now?

    Paul TorrisiPaul Torrisi2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • great work! awsome

    Luca PiattelliLuca Piattelli2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • j'adoooooore

    Pixel MixturePixel Mixture2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • How on earth can 1,000 people give this a ‘thumbs down’ ? I would love to have the skills and equipment to build like this ... I build ‘partscaster’ guitars - and do repairs and set ups ... but to create a beautiful 335 type from scratch requires incredible skill and talent. I salute you for your excellence 👏👏👏👏

    Bob HewittBob Hewitt2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • すげーな

    yuuto kawashimayuuto kawashima2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Bravo, c'est juste magnifique, dans la précision, l'outillage, les astuces, le calme et le résultat final ! Merci pour ce partage !

    Pierre DefrancePierre Defrance2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Can I have a pattern for the size and thickness, bro ??

    Go AhsinGo Ahsin2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm speechless!👏👏👏🥲

    Aleks de FreitasAleks de Freitas3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • amazing work. i don't get how 1k people don't like this video. guess they are just jealous of what you can do and what they can't

    S CampaS Campa3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I guess I'll never know :)

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • That's not normal shelving to start with

    Shaun McNeilShaun McNeil3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Who are the bloody dislikers? Oh must be sheer jealousy. Lol

    Ric oRic o3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What?! U carved the inside too? F a n t a s t I c

    Ric oRic o3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You bought yourself some cool tools too!! Awesome feat of art! Congratulations!

    Ric oRic o3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Mais quel boulot de fou, la recherche du détail, de la finition... Et voilà comment passer 30 minutes à regarder un pro réaliser une magnifique guitare

    Stephane DZStephane DZ3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Merci ! Je ne suis pas pro par contre :p

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Fantastic job. Well done!

    Roy FultonRoy Fulton3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wow. Incredible craftmanship.

    J CJ C4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It's beautiful.

    Mojave KayeMojave Kaye4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • When the wife says you can’t buy another guitar, so you take her shelf

    Stefan BruniStefan Bruni4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You a MASTER!.... It was great to see this, from first to last second!

    Tomi MteTomi Mte4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • bonjour monsiuer a combien est estime cette guitare? merci

    Ilias PetrouIlias Petrou4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Man, that was a nice shelf...

    Adam PAdam P4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • How long did it take to make this guitar?

    mose aismose ais4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wow would love to have one of your guitars, fantastic job

    Trevor ColeTrevor Cole4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • なぜタイトルと字幕が日本語なのか気になる。でもとにかくすごい・・・。笑

    ちゃんりんしゃんちゃんりんしゃん5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Its dificult to understand why so many people have given you a thumbs down, I doubt there are even 1000 people than can make a guita at all, never mind sugest you didnt do a good job. Well done for me atleast.

    Simon CastleSimon Castle5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Whow! Now I really estimate my ES 335 even more! Thank you for this really fascinating documentary! and the result is a wonderful guitar! congratulations!

    jörn mauersbergerjörn mauersberger5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wow para no ser un Luthier hiciste un trabajo increíble !!! Muy impresionado!!! Saludos y gracias por compartirnos tu arte. Saludos desde México!!!

    Jose DominguezJose Dominguez5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This was probably one of the most calming 26 minutes I've ever had lol. Beautiful guitar!

    Megan HughesMegan Hughes5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I watched this while drinking a cold craft beer... and everything was fine with the world.

    Mariano Guevara ValdezMariano Guevara Valdez5 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Haha thank you ! And I hope everything will be fine someday soon

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You think that's impressive? You should see the video of how I built a Shelf out of a GUITAR during lockdown!

    MrBo JanglesMrBo Jangles5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Is this sapele?

    Иван КругликовИван Кругликов5 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • It is sapele

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why do you build it only for yourself? Who wouldn’t. like to buy that 335.

    Randy ZeitmanRandy Zeitman5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • trop bien tu a des main en or

    vincent henninotvincent henninot5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Des Mains d'Or, Bravo et merci.

    Marc BizeldeauMarc Bizeldeau5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This cat is a master craftsman. One thing though, I would have used animal glue, hide or fish. Bone or metal nuts. And he did not lock his fret wire in by hammering them in from the side. And make sure all furniture, shelves, doors, etc. are made with tonewoods, mahogany, rosewood, ebony, alder, maple, or ash. So during lockdowns you have a good supply of materials for making guitars. And a good stash of pickups, wire, tuners, truss rods, fret wire, etc.

    Know Music ManKnow Music Man5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Pake kayu olympic bisa ga om?

    arik ardiantoarik ardianto5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wow! Amazing! I stick to frying an egg. Way easier for me.😂

    Timothy DelanaTimothy Delana6 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • i still struggle frying an egg. The results are hazardous

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Beautiful! Also really liked the way you shot this video.

    Eduard PortonEduard Porton6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You are joking?! 😃 Wow that's amazing. I want one bro. Or I'd love to review one for my blog.

    Alfonso ContrerasAlfonso Contreras6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Cool Japanese saw

    Rocko262cRocko262c6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Sounds like a strat ngl

    Kevin HidalgoKevin Hidalgo6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The way you went about fretting this thing. Polishing with a dremel is my therapeutic thing, really finished the video for me.

    Diego Huijbregts GarciaDiego Huijbregts Garcia6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Now I regret using my sapele leftovers for other projects. Happen to have any leftover shelves? 😂

    Diego Huijbregts GarciaDiego Huijbregts Garcia6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Not only beautiful...but sounds fantastic too !! A pleasure to watch you make it Amazing

    YOGA VIBEYOGA VIBE6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What is the shelf life on this guitar?

    Michael CookeMichael Cooke6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Next video, I build a shelf out of a guitar.... I love how he says he's not a luthier,.....you are for sure a luthier my guy

    Matt GrimmettMatt Grimmett7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • painting the headstock :-(

    EagleElFoxEagleElFox7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Brilliant video. Congratulations!

    George BugenisGeorge Bugenis7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • no truss rod?

    VeryApeVeryApe7 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Thank you. There's a trussrod I'm just messing with you. It's in the video btw

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture7 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @tchiks guitars and furniture that might cause you some trouble i think, but really amazing work dude.

      VeryApeVeryApe7 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Nope.

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • you are one of a kind.....

    PROSPEROUSPROSPEROUS8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • very good artist

    PROSPEROUSPROSPEROUS8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Man i want to build my guitar with you!!! how can I contact you?

    Steven RodriguezSteven Rodriguez8 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I don't do courses, BUT I've made a tutorial, check it out :)

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What the hell do you do for a living make guitars? Did you work at a guitar shop?

    glenn pierceglenn pierce8 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • No and no :)

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A thing of great beauty, I truly enjoyed watching and am filled with envy seeing all the tools in action. I built a 3 string Fender paddlecaster during the UK's 1st lockdown, made from boat bits found in my garden shed which included a broken oar for neck and body, copper nails for frets and various other drop pins , cleats and shackles. Added a couple of pick ups later but had to wind up the strings to get the desired action as no truss rod! Was good fun and is playable.

    Kev AbbottKev Abbott8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Jeuj nen Belg! Kei goe bezig 🤪👍

    Joris JanssensJoris Janssens8 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Dank u!

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Mijn complimenten, echt heel indrukwekkend.

    Info@ GuitarmateInfo@ Guitarmate8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • INCREDIBLE!

    Mr. LowMr. Low8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Just my opinion but that headstock looked awesome without the black paint

    YangYangYangYang8 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • You can make your own if you like. Then you can paint or not paint whichever parts you desire.

      Asdayasman アズデイAsdayasman アズデイ6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I can’t be the only one that gets the chills when ppl use these type of tools 😬

    YangYangYangYang8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Cool guitar

    Rafael Cazares ValderramaRafael Cazares Valderrama8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Great work, unbelievable. I can't afford myself building a guitar neither in terms of spare time nor in terms of all the necessary power tools which cost a fortune at least over here. So for me it's easier just to buy a guitar. :-) The problem is then to find spare time to play it...

    VinniePaahVinniePaah9 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Check out my last video, it may inspire you :)

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wow

    DianneDianne9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • いやぁ~、手間かかるな~。しかしすごい技術ですね。

    BSF BMJBSF BMJ9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This has to be one of the most satisfying things I've seen on the internet in a while

    David WDavid W9 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Thank you so much !

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is an extraordinary project completed with both a high sense of craftsmanship and a very dedicated amount of patience.....and this did not emerge from nowhere....which makes me curious.....what is your actual career, job, or pursuit? Best wishes for you and the family, be well, and blessings for a happier and healthier new year.

    Dr. Skip KazarianDr. Skip Kazarian9 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • all the best for you and your family too ! :) Someone suggested in the comments, that I do a day job reveal at 100K subs :p I have time hahaha

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Super satisfying video lol

    KazenoKazeno9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What an awesome job mate. As a woodworker I can only imagine that there was an amount of anxiety going about the final steps of the build and not wanting to make a mistake having done so much work. That just kills.

    Graham SerleGraham Serle9 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • at some point I was afraid to go in the workshop and let the carved plates fall on the ground. I felt better when they were glued in place :)

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Did you ever planted a tree? How you easily cutting the wood? 🤨

    Lord_shiva _122Lord_shiva _1229 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @tchiks guitars and furniture 👍please plant more trees... Sorry if i said something wrong🙏

      Lord_shiva _122Lord_shiva _1229 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Yes

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • You make it look so easy I think I'll have a go. But seriously, a lot of specialist tools, a lot of patience and a lot of skill. Well done. I especially like the Ebony. Must be hard to find.

    Limited EditionLimited Edition9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Didnt Brian May make a guitar out of a shelf?

    beePS0beePS09 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • mille millions de mille sabords ! avec une étagère !!! encore une histoire belge ça même ! En tout excellente.. Mille fois bravo ! le manche me parait bien plus difficile non !?

    Eric KaeufflingEric Kaeuffling10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • One of my guitar's jack plug wires broke yesterday. I have tried soldering it this weekend, and it has been impossible for me. And not only that, during the attempt, I broke the other one. And this man says he is not a luthier, and he makes a guitar from a shelf. Life is unfair.

    Paco ReinaPaco Reina10 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I've been in that spot not so long ago :) Watch my last video, I think it will give you hope héhé

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • i am just blown away. thanks for capturing this on video and sharing it.

    Kurt GoodwinKurt Goodwin10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Super ta nouvelle étagère 👍🏽

    phlo59phlo5910 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • no shitty ass bgm. truly enjoyable to watch

    Wolfy MaybeWolfy Maybe10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Ya.. I sharpened lolly sticks on the kerb edge during lockdown so...

    Nic IrvinNic Irvin10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This was amazing to watch

    TDRupTDRup11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • très impressionnent. Très belle instrument felicitation .un salut du Canada

    Michel LemayMichel Lemay11 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • merci !

      tchiks guitars and furnituretchiks guitars and furniture8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • What's name of music that you played at the beginning of the video

    ArønArøn11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Magnifique, travail remarquable, quel beauté du geste et de précision .

    Jean-Paul LEBLANCJean-Paul LEBLANC11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • A lot of people played video games during lockdown...

    Just Me FLJust Me FL11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thick Shelvecaster C19-2020

    Hairizal DahrinHairizal Dahrin11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Magnifique ! ( ..........mais projet a éviter si on n'a qu'un opinel et une meuleuse dans son atelier ! )))

    mic myselfmic myself11 วันที่ผ่านมา
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