I think I need to learn how to build cabinets.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by LHanson, Dec 19, 2009.


  1. LHanson

    LHanson Member

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    I recently inherited (RIP Toddzilla, I miss ya, Bro) a Mesa Heartbreaker 2x12 combo. Should be called Backbreaker instead. I would love to pull the amp section and put it into a head cab. I also have very little disposable income, and some tools. Can somebody direct me to a place that can give me a clue about this type of woodworking?
     
  2. merkaba22

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    I am building a head cab for a Fender Concert (II) I just bought -- I got the outer dimensions on line, intend a dado joint for the front "baffle"/air vent to make assembly yield 90 degree angles. I know a wood worker who can put in the finger joints -- if I use hardwood and put on a hand finished tung oil, I can skip the tolex; there are options for the grill although a grill is what I am planning currently -- materials are around $50 max including a handle, feet, etc. and the wood working costs are about the same ...

    If you live in SoCal -- I can recommend the cabinet maker I use. fwiw:)
     
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    ooo i'm in socal, tell me who
     
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    I cut and pasted the following bit from another thread. Perhaps it will give you a few ideas:

    Well, I have ordered a Newell cab for this amp, but I didn't want to disappoint Big Mike and the other kiddies. :D

    I kicked around the wood shop and found this ash laying around:

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    I cut it into rough lengths:

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    And then I planed it. You can see how the big sides are smooth and the edges need work:

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    I used my jig to square up the edges:

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    And then I stumbled upon some walnut and made some strips:

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    Nice contrast! And then I found some mahogany and made a pattern:

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    I glued them up -- two sides at a time:

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    Here be the other two sides:

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    Then I routed me some dovetails:

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    And then I used my other jig to angle the front of the sides:

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    Then I added a little glue in the dovetails:

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    And then I pounded the thing together:

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    Man, that's funny looking! Here's a closeup of the dovetails:

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    And then I angled the front and used a 3/4" round-over router bit to relieve the edges:

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    The other side:

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    And then I set the chassis in the cab and took the photo upside down:

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    What do you think? I may still use the Newell -- I don't know. Time for a beer!! :drink
     
  6. cap'n'crunch

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    JDJ: That looks sweet!
     
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    Spectacular! I'm amazed at people with skills like this. Beautiful work. :aok
     
  8. LHanson

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    Very nice. I'm inspired.
     
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    Somebody will build one of those for $50!? OK!:rotflmao

    That looks very, very, nice....and heavy.

    Quite the wee shop ya have,there, too.:aok
     
  10. Kappy

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    Nice work! You made it look easy. I know if I tried the same thing, it wouldn't look as nice as that.
     
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    My head cab out of purple heart and maple cost $75 in materials yesterday -- the handle, feet, grill cloth may take another $25 plus $50 for the cabinet makers time -- $150 or so v. $250 for a tolex one ---- hmmmm.
     
  13. merkaba22

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    Here's my Fender Studio bass cab I made:

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  14. americananalog

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    Load it with neodymium speakers. That would shave off 10 pounds.
     
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    Where are guys getting your supplies????? I'm building cabs currently, and I'm into them for way more than 50! One nice baltic birch peice is almost 50 bucks... It'll do 2 112 cabs but you have to plan very well before cutting, I got handels, feet, nice washers, corners, grill cloth and tolex for 3 cabs and it was 285 plus shipping for the order? I'm out 420 after you count nice adhesive, and paint for the inside... That doesn't even count tools or labor!
    that puts me into each cab for around 137.... And it takes quite a few man hours on these things.... at least for me haha.

    But really! I'd love to know where you guys are getting such inexpensive materials! And are they still quality? I guess maybe if you wern't using tolex, corners or grillcloth and you already had the wood 50 would be reasonable build price?

    I'm actually interested, not trying to start problems
     
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    I think the original poster said something about limited funds.

    You could purchase a 8' piece of 1 x 12 piece of pine(radiato, SYP etc), some 1 x1s to screw to the inside of the cabinet to atach the baffle, and a piece of birch plywood. You could butt the ends and joint it with wood screws. you could cut speaker hole in the baffle with an inexpensive coping saw.......that would be the cheapest way to do it. I am guessing you could do it for less than 50$.

    Of course there are better ways to joint, but you would need equipment or friends to do this.

    I am planning on making a finger joint jig for my tablesaw and making some cabs with some old pine from my grandfathers barn.
     
  17. mxandmyax

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    I guess that's true, just buy a small piece of plywood and make a shallow cab.... Like i said, not trying to make waves, but if there was a place to get awesome stuff inexpensively I need to know! The less it costs me the more competitive I can be with my prices you know.
     

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