I'm thinking about doing a licence plate git and have been looking at various posts here there and everywhere and have noticed that almost all of the boxes that get built are rather thick.  Just wondering if there is a reason for this, as I have some really nice 1/2 inch Birch plywood that I got from my boss, and was considering using that to make the back and sides.  But as I said all I see are really thick boxes. So what do you guys think?
And I know......... "There are no rules" ....but we all know that sometimes there are.

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Comment by Shawn McConnaughay Sr on October 10, 2017 at 12:35am
I make my boxes out of 1 by 2. 6 by 12 inches. Through neck. That gives a good mount for the plate. You want the sides thick enough that they don't crack when you drill for the Jack and volume pods.
Comment by John Sawyer on July 14, 2017 at 6:17pm
1/2" sides? No problem... I do it all the time.... I would make the box about 1/4"- 1/2" bigger than the plate so you have some coverage. The backs I normally use 1/8" ply... otherwise it might get heavy...
Comment by darryl kernaghan on July 11, 2017 at 8:43pm

Boxes are a lot easier to make with thicker materials, more fudge room, less machining of wood, less bracing, but you generally pay the price in accoustic responce, not a big deal if you are making a full electric, and i have one git made from 1/2" presswood, {top thinned down], that sounds great, but leans towards darker/ bassier tones, but all in all, the thicker wood will almost always reduce volume accoustically i've found

Comment by Ron Lutz on July 11, 2017 at 1:30pm
I made one fron an c.1900 A Tinsley tobacco plug box. It has 1/4 inch sides and bottom. I did reinforce the top edges to allow for surface to attach the plate, has great resonance and sustain. You can see a picture of it on our Facebook page. Studio62.biz, you may have to scroll down a ways to find it.
Let me know how it turns out, I would suggest neck through with a relief to allow for the plate to vibrate.
Comment by gary herget on July 11, 2017 at 7:54am

I make my lpg boxes from door skins. They are about 1/8 to 3/16 thick. All corners need to be braced.

Comment by Lonman on July 10, 2017 at 9:29pm

I have only made this one, but it too is thick, solid 3/4" whitewood. I use that because it was wood I already had and I made the box. I don't see any reason not to try the 1/2". That would make it lighter too. Have fun with it and let us know what progress you make.

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