A band saw would be best, but a hand saw could be used. It would be hard to get it straight with a hand saw.
A 4" thick box would have greater acoustic sound than the thinner boxes. I would use it as is or for a Bass git and get another thinner box for whatever your planing.
Hi, I use my table saw for this procedure. I most times make my boxes oversize (depth) then run around the the rim on the saw, setting the fence to the depth I need. But the only way really is to use the saw you have.
You can glue a sheet of 80grit sandpaper to a flat board for sanding the saw marks out of the rim for rejoining or fitting tops and backs.
Thats good to know. As a newby myself, I would think thinner would have more acoustic impact. I see now.
No you want depth for acoustic guitars. Electric it doesn't matter. If your looking to make one to play both ways, then too thin won't work. Some guys are making their own boxes, because of the sound they want.
Brent, what are the dimensions of the box? What size are you looking for?
I would leave it, a deep box ain’t a bad thing?
Have you tried? tall boxes I’ve built with produced great tone? Sometimes it’s good to experiment, a lot could be learned?