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Head Cabinet Build design help...

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

  1. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    That looks good if one is in the monochromatic mood. ;) I have a greys based snakeskin tolex that would balance equally.

    Let me toss this here as well, texturing techniques for metal,

    https://www.interweave.com/article/jewelry/helens-7-favorite-ways-to-texture-metal/

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    The pattern scratching method remind me a little of Gigolette guitars tops, another idea in itself.

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    You could also just contact cement on a textured material onto the metal and clear over if needed. Something contrasting to tolex.
     
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  2. Huddy

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    Another thing I need to be mindful is making sure to have the back side of the cuts on the inside of the cabinet. My dado seems to always have the slightest bit of tearout regardless of what's behind it.
     

  3. jimgchord

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    I use them on small heads all the time. You need the right corner blocks. They apply much more even pressure than clamps if you set things up right. Good luck with it
     

  4. Huddy

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    I love that gray tweed but I'm thinking of going stain just for simplicity sake. Pushing the limits on my abilities as we speak...
     

  5. jimgchord

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    tear out can be managed by backing up your piece with a sacrificial piece of thin mdf
     

  6. Huddy

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    Yeah I knew (in the midst of ratcheting) there was something like that that was needed. Obviously my macgyver mode instincts didn't pan out this go around.
     
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  7. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

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    Hmm. I disagree. I think it goes with a lot of things. Guild built an amp that had a grey tolex on it, with I think a wheat grill cloth that had a decent pop to it.

    But I think it would look great with several colors. All are out of the ordinary and quite a ways away from ole timey tweed. Here's a few examples:

    Red Levant

    White Levant

    Rough Orange

    Navy Levant

    My favorite would be Orange or Navy, but there's something about the Red that would probably pop nicely. Just a thought.

    I also like the idea of paper faceplates that @Snfoilhat suggested. Options are limitless then.
     

  8. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

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    Your joints are tight to begin with, moisture from the glue will cause them to expand and be worse. Hitting them with a file works well too. If you are going to tolex it, you can be a bit more aggressive with the file. I like that your joints are a little proud of the mating surface. They'll sand down nice and flush when you're done. Better to be too long than too short in that regard.
     

  9. Huddy

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    I figured that it'd be better to have the stick out on the first go round... Easier to take away than to add. Is a flush trim bit on a router table okay? Risk of tear out too great?
     

  10. jimgchord

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    It's only going to want to tear out on the exit side. Just run that little part backwards
     
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  11. JuneauMike

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    If I were to use a flush cutting bit, I'd go easy on it. Trim excess but still leave it kinda proud. Then I'd sand it down to flush. Also, router bits are bastard-coated bastards who are constantly trying to ruin your work. So if its not too much trouble, I'd make a couple of test corners to try it out on just to make sure before diving into your nice cab.

    Oops, I missed your earlier post where you committed to stain the cab. Nevermind:

    But remember, its wood that will likely be tolexed. So putty is your buddy. ;)



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  12. robt57

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    Yep.


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    They put tolex on pine cabs for a reason. Unless this is a stationary home guitar room head that won't get bumped and bruised, some rethinking may be in order. If it is a home guitar room cab, I'd have chosen wood a little higher up the Janka scale personally.
     
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  13. jimgchord

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    Fancy
     

  14. Huddy

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    That IS fancy. Totally forgot that it doesn't really matter about the corners if I use a round over bit like I was planning. I agree you're totally spot on about wood choice with the dings... But yeah it's just a little 5-watter to putz around with... Not likely to really go anywhere.
     

  15. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

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    That looks like the kind of thing I'd dig out of my tool cabinet five years later and wonder what the hell it does and why I bought it. Ha.
     

  16. Axis29

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    LOL, I have three or four of those strap clamps with the corner blocks. I use them all the time. Love 'em! But, I fiddle with wood for a living.

    The first thing I thought when you showed the corner dings and stuff was, time for the router and roundover bit. In all honesty, your little cab looks pretty good, nothing to be ashamed of there.
     
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  17. robt57

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    Or just ad hock one in ten minutes with scrap and a bike tie down... Use those between bout cuts for your jigs etc.
     

  18. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

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    As I examine it, you could probably also cobble together the corner grabbers by cutting longitudinal sections out of 2 inch PVC pipe. You could even dremel some oval strap holes out of the remaining material.
     

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