First, Welcome here to this very friendly woodworking forum. IMO you should consider looking at plans for puzzle boxes in books/magazines, and read about the right way to use woodworking tools & shop safety BEFORE you "get in over your head". It is best to know about what type of wood and what tools are required for each project. Also think about planning your work, then working your plan, and always be safe.
Thank you for the welcome.
What kind of books and magazines should I look into? And how would I make certain that they have the information that is relevant to this first project? Also, what are some good online tools to use? I've searched for some, but it's easy to get lost with all of the woodworking terminology that I don't understand, and then there are just so many different tools...
well... it does sound rather ambitious...
IMO, its not just about skill, though thats certainly in the conversation, its alot about tools...
So, the top and bottom, flat stock cut with a jig saw. I could suggest better tools, but the jigsaw will do it.
The hardest thing I see is. how do you make the side profile that gives it the thickness? how do you get that, and the front/back to have the same profile?
I think a project like this could be a challenge for anyone (though it could easily be as complex as you want to make it), i think for you it would just sour you to the hobby.
The way I was hoping it would work was to have three pieces of wood, two thin pieces sandwiching a third thick piece. The thin pieces would serve as the top and bottom, and the thick would be the side. I'd clamp all of them together with enough clamps to cut through all three and have close to an equal cut on all three pieces. This would let me cut out the interior to make room for the drawer and then glue the three pieces together and have the violin made like that. Then the other pieces like the neck and the bridge are small and simple enough to cut out of a single piece... hopefully.
Does that sound like it would work well? I'm concerned about how exactly to make the sliding pieces making it like that, and also if I can add enough detail without very expensive tools to make it not look shoddy.