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Should work fine. You may have to reinforce the "super thin top & back", but should have some god acoustic sound. Remember - there are no rules... - If everything does not come out perfect on the first one it gives you a god reason t make a second.
Plywood is no problem. There is anecdotal evidence that plywood works just fine acoustically. I have a birch ply bridge on mine and it works exceptionally well. If the ply is 1/8-ish you'll probably want to brace it.. the Popsicle stick suggestion would be just fine.
Should be perfect and have a great sound with the big size.
yup . ;-)
Suggestion ,, get some popsicle sticks ,, stand em on edge ,, hot glue em to top n back of box so as to miss where u gonna put ur stuff ,, will stiffen it just a scode ,, but won t negate ur sound potential
it'll work fine, i've made quite a few cbg's using art box's, plywood top & bottom's,, also used cutlery/fishing/wine/jewlery box's, alloy plate, wood plank one's, you can make them out of anything,, go for it,
I know I'm late to this party, but if I may, I'd like to make a suggestion.
Normally, I'm a "go for it and see how it works out" kind of guy, but this may be a different case. If this is your first build, and that box is a little bit special to you, I'd suggest you find a couple of other boxes that aren't special and build with those first. I know I got caught up in the "this is my first build and I really don't want to mess it up" thing on my first build, until someone casually reminded me that I didn't pay a thing for the first box. Even if I totally messed it up, I wasn't out a dime, and I had 2 more boxes to try again. Not being paranoid about messing up a box sure made the first build a lot easier for me.
I too have a couple of special boxes, and I'm saving them for later builds - when I have a lot more experience and feel a lot more comfortable with my skills and abilities. I suggest that you find a couple of cheap/free boxes that you have no emotional or financial attachment to and just go for it. Once you dive in, you'll see that a lot of the concerns you have are really not concerns at all.