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Head Cabinet Build design help...

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by Huddy, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Huddy

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    Quick opinion on something if y'all don't mind... I got and built one of the Mod102 kits a while back... Before I start my 5F2 build I wanted to take a stab at building a head cabinet for the Mod102. I just did the basic finger joint pine. Joint fitment is pretty snug... I'm worried that it might be too snug.

    I can't decide what to do with the front. The battleship gray is so ugly and doesn't really go with anything except black tolex and that's a stretch... I'm borderline thinking wooden front panel a la trainwreck but I don't know if I I have the skills for that - nor am I sure that the pots will allow it.

    I pretty much have a blank slate, nothing is glued yet - just mocked up, so I'm definitely open to suggestions...

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. corliss1

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    There's several places that will do custom faceplates. Send in your measurements, wait a couple weeks, and BAM - it shows up in your mailbox all done. Not a cheap option necessarily, especially for a one off, but you can do whatever you want with the design and it would be thin enough for pots to work.
     

  3. robt57

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    Krylon Wrinkle Paint?

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  4. sds1

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    That Krylon wrinkle paint looks nice, or I've had great luck with Rust-oleum Hammered Paint -- it really holds up nice.
     
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  5. Sweet Lou 275

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    Thumbs up on the hammered finish. Looks very cool. I build my cabs out of free pianos. Excellent wood and already seasoned. I usually take any plate decals I can and mount it to the face. I'd just do a filler piece on the front above the chassis and give the chassis a paint job.
     

  6. Huddy

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    The wife used the rust-oleum on our mailbox and turned out surprisingly well.. Don't know how i didn't think of that! +.... FREE LABOR and Brownie Points for including her in a project! WIN/WIN!!!
     

  7. Huddy

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    Plate decals?
     

  8. Sweet Lou 275

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    I use the metal plates from off the soundboard with the manufacturers name and stuff on it. Very cool look and easy conversation starter.
     

  9. Huddy

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    Pics please... I still have no clue what you're talking about but I'm very intrigued.
     

  10. clintj

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    That looks really sharp! I think I just found an idea for one of my project amps.
     

  11. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

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    Gray chassis looks o.k., would be fine with British Racing Green tolex, or maybe even something blueish.
     

  12. schmee

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    Go with Grey Tweed if you can find it. I have some out there I bought many years ago in a Hollywood prop surplus shop. It would look really classy. Or as someone showed, that Hammerite spray finish comes out real well and trouble free.
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  13. Snfoilhat

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    I have had success with shellacked paper face plates. It's similar graphics work as you would do with screenprinting or engraving, but the materials are just a few dollars. Trickiest part is clamping while the glue dries so that the paper doesn't wrinkle or slide. The shellac has to be well cured first.
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  14. jimgchord

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    You could veneer it
     

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  15. jimgchord

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    Or paint it with epoxy paint
     

  16. schmee

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    You can also get a custom faceplate made pretty cheap. Here's one I had made for a PR project:
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  18. Huddy

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    Glue up was more troublesome than I had anticipated... Regrouping at HD this afternoon to try again.

    Problems - joints too tight. Not enough clamps.
     

  19. jimgchord

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    Yea too tight is no good. I find that 2 ratchet straps are much easier to work with than 8 clamps
     

  20. Huddy

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    I tried to finagle ratchet straps but that was some moving/packing and they just weren't well suited for this application size wise.

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