Has anyone ever built an amp cabinet using T-slot extruded aluminum?

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  1. Sequimite

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    Planning my RobRob Deluxe build for this winter. My so-called wood worker "friends" have not put themselves forward to help with the cabinet.

    Fate intervenes. I bought two pallet loads of Boeing display cases for $25 at an auction because I had plans for the four smaller cases. Five other cases were still full of hardware including a case a bit short of seven feet tall which contained a bunch of T-slot aluminum beams and connecting hardware.

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    I would be very happy with a unique looking amp so I'm pondering using this stuff to make a frame and then bolting the wood panels on. So.... has anyone done anything like this?
     
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    It would look kinda like a Roland Jazz Chorus :D

    No reason it couldn't work out well.
     
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    Should really be deluxe; there is no down side.
     
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    That actually seems kind of genius. It's like a flight case and speaker cab combined.

    Should be super-tough. If the wood panels are quality, I don't see why it wouldn't sound good.
     
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    If I go this route I'm going to make the cabinet bigger than standard. It also occurs to me that with a bolt on speaker baffle I could swap in other baffles to try a 15, two 10's so I'd want to make it big enough for those other speaker configurations.
     
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    And a beverage holder.
     
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    Why use wood? With that frame, go full exotic and see how Plexiglass sounds. Get the good thick stuff, and build a note aquarium.
     
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    It's bolted, but it's still friction holding it together. It might be OK if it never moved, but I wouldn't want to gig it.
     
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    I used to use that stuff when I worked there. Super pricey! Good find. Heavy for a cabinet, though.

    I sure used to love their surplus store back when it was open.

    Did the tub skid come as part of the lot?
     
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    No. they made it clear that I was not to take the tub skid.

    I am thinking of one panel of acrylic to show the electronics and glowing tubes.

    When I'm done figuring materials the weight will be decisive in whether this is a "go" or "no go".
     
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    Peavey made a series of PA speakers and Bass Heads/Cabinets back in the 80's under the "International Series" I believe... they were of the "flight case" type construction.
     
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    Here is the front and back of my guitar amp: each is 24" x 22" with clear acrylic panels with white protective film.

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    It will be a rattling mess. The corner pieces are not at all vibration resistant.
     
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    Please state your experience that leads you to this conclusion. I was more worried about the acrylic panels, but they all have rubber gaskets.
     
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    Even if that is true, you could have all the seams welded (inside) that you don't need removable.
     
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