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Immacomputer
03-30-2007, 11:02 PM
Well today my friend and I finally got together to get his guitar cabinet up and built. The cabinet will house four 12" Celestion G12Hs sealed. It should be a pretty nice cabinet when we're finished.

He just bought a new dove tail jig and we spent the majority of the time getting it all calibrated and adjusting the router to the correct height.

Here are the pictures:
What the joint looks like:
http://i13.tinypic.com/30w2zpj.jpg
http://i5.tinypic.com/40cxedc.jpg
Flawless:
http://i14.tinypic.com/30aewzq.jpg

Greg pounding away at the joint to get it in place:
http://i13.tinypic.com/347dv0h.jpg

http://i7.tinypic.com/2wf68v7.jpg

http://i9.tinypic.com/2njj2tf.jpg

The top panel going on:
http://i11.tinypic.com/2ec426x.jpg

Waiting for it to dry. We put the angle clamps to ensure a right angle while it was drying. We really didn't need to as the joints pretty much set it up pretty **** square:
http://i3.tinypic.com/2r3juk8.jpg

The joints were beautiful without glue but once we put some glue in there, they became VERY difficult to get all the way in. We got them in with about 1/16" sticking out on two joints and the others were only about 1/32" above. We're going to be working on it tomorrow along with a build for an L7 12". I'll get pictures of that and more of this up then.

mobeious
03-30-2007, 11:12 PM
very nice.... u got a link to purchase on of those jigs.. i got to get one

PV Audio
03-30-2007, 11:17 PM
:yumyum: That wood is beautiful.

bibby
03-30-2007, 11:18 PM
wow

Immacomputer
03-30-2007, 11:23 PM
:yumyum: That wood is beautiful.

Yea, it really is. It smells just as beautiful.


very nice.... u got a link to purchase on of those jigs.. i got to get one

No, but I can get you the brand and pictures of it tomorrow. I think it was close to $300 or so and is only good for joints up to 16" long.

Eugenics
03-30-2007, 11:28 PM
:yumyum: That wood is beautiful.

its not mdf maaaan ;)

PV Audio
03-30-2007, 11:38 PM
its not mdf maaaan ;)
:suicide:

budahbuddy803
03-30-2007, 11:42 PM
what kinda wood is that and how much $ ?

req
03-30-2007, 11:47 PM
pics of the bit?

awesome looking joints man.

those have to be strong as a *****.

Eugenics
03-30-2007, 11:49 PM
does look quite nice.

PV Audio
03-30-2007, 11:50 PM
And Greg looks to be one hairy mother****er.

Immacomputer
03-31-2007, 12:00 AM
what kinda wood is that and how much $ ?

13 ply birch and it was about $40 a sheet of 5'x5' I think.


pics of the bit?

awesome looking joints man.

those have to be strong as a *****.

I'll get some pics of the bit tomorrow. The joints are VERY strong and even without glue, they hold together very well; I would not be able to pull apart a non-glued joint with my hands.

And Greg looks to be one hairy mother****er.
Haha...

Thanks for the comments. I'm pleased with how it looks so far and I think it will turn out quite nice when it's finished. It may get covered in vinyl or it may stay naked. Tomorrow we will be working on the cleats and front baffle. Hopefully we'll get the holes cut out and everything together. That will only leave small things like wheels, handles, and terminals.

smd4life
03-31-2007, 12:04 AM
**** stuff mane...

ssj2xxgotenxx
03-31-2007, 12:06 AM
Is that other fella a carpenter?

Immacomputer
03-31-2007, 12:23 AM
Is that other fella a carpenter?

Not really. He has all the tools and stuff but doesn't build too much stuff. He loves to build things but just hasn't much. He's an electrical engineer actually.

mazdakid
03-31-2007, 07:56 AM
Is that other fella a carpenter?

look at gregs shoes, do those look like a carpenters shoes?

kool-aid
03-31-2007, 01:01 PM
whats he covering it in? im thinking about building my own cab so this is pretty nice to see, do you have any other pics?

icpurplepplalot
03-31-2007, 01:23 PM
Those celestions are gonna sound nice, looks great so far. Definantly looking forward to the rest of this build

Immacomputer
03-31-2007, 06:42 PM
whats he covering it in? im thinking about building my own cab so this is pretty nice to see, do you have any other pics?

He's not sure yet. I think he's going with the standard stuff that a cab usually gets manufactured with. It's that thick and textured vinyl like ****. I would rather leave it naked or stained but I don't think he's heading that direction.

It didn't look like we got very far but we had other things to do as well and we took like an hour to grab some food. We cut out the cleats and get them placed in the inside for the front and rear baffle. Some of the cleats didn't match up perfectly but they're good enough. We used pine for the inside cleats and it was too soft. We had some incidents with the screw not drawing the wood in so we had to use clamps which basically killed the progress for today.

Here are the updated pics:

The jig:
http://i11.tinypic.com/44rhsig.jpg

The bit:
http://i11.tinypic.com/4dy35p5.jpg

Before cleats:
http://i7.tinypic.com/4hx8vo0.jpg

After cleats:
http://i5.tinypic.com/2m4ala0.jpg

Like I said, some cleats were perfect:
http://i7.tinypic.com/2rf7yg9.jpg

Others were not:
http://i7.tinypic.com/2qjm0b4.jpg

That's as far as we got today which doesn't seem like much for 4 hours but there was a ton of cutting and measuring for the cleats. We may work on it tomorrow or we may wait until next weekend. I did get some cuts done for another build and I'm resting a bit before going out and getting it glued together. There will be another thread for that.

ssj2xxgotenxx
04-01-2007, 12:51 AM
look at gregs shoes, do those look like a carpenters shoes?

My apologies, I didn't know who Greg was, nor did I look at his shoes. :rolleyes:

icpurplepplalot
04-01-2007, 12:54 AM
The vinyl stuff is called toltex, and I personally would have to agree with you, that cab would look amazing if you stained it or something like that, instead of putting the toltex on there

Immacomputer
04-01-2007, 01:04 AM
Yea, tolex is what he was kind of wanting to cover it with. I think his main concern is the front grill cloth and he thinks it might look weird. It's his cabinet and whatever makes him happy. It will look great either way and should sound pretty awesome too!

I'm actually a little depressed as I might not get to work on it until next weekend. I have a blast working with this guy and he's smart as hell; I can learn a lot from him.

Immacomputer
04-08-2007, 01:24 PM
***UPDATE***

Well we got the front and rear baffles all cut out and ready. We also made the front bent cleats that will attach to the front baffle to allow it to attach to the cabinet. Those angled cleats were a *****.

http://i11.tinypic.com/2co56kj.jpg

http://i14.tinypic.com/2lmqqh0.jpg

We got the holes cut out and slightly rounded over. We had some issues trying to use a roto-zip instead of a router. He broke down and bought the correct bit and it went well. The roto-zip ****ed up one of the holes though but it's not that big of a deal and you can barely notice it.

Next comes rounding everything over with a little bit less than a .5" radius and then cutting out the holes for the handles. It should be completed by the end of the month if things go well.

mazdakid
04-08-2007, 03:31 PM
My apologies, I didn't know who Greg was, nor did I look at his shoes. :rolleyes:

i was just kidding, i dunno who the guy is either

SuperTrooper
04-08-2007, 11:59 PM
Very nice work. I wish I had the patience to do work that good. I get to impatient and in a hurry, thats when my work becomes sloppy.

Immacomputer
04-09-2007, 12:13 AM
Thank you.

Patience really is key. We're taking our time with this and trying our best to keep it as nice as possible. The roto-zip almost made Greg want to quit though and he was pretty pissed off. I made a jig for the router using some scrap masonite that turned out really nice. I meant to grab a picture of it but forgot. The masonite made an incredible platform for the jig -- much better than the MDF jigs I have made.

ballstothewall
04-09-2007, 12:30 AM
Why did you angle the side pieces, but not the front baffle to match?

wlmrs
04-09-2007, 01:30 AM
Very nice!

Immacomputer
04-09-2007, 11:25 AM
Why did you angle the side pieces, but not the front baffle to match?

Because that's not how Marshall designed the stack. Also, the front baffle is going to be removable and that would make it **** near impossible to remove if it were angled.

There will be a center cleat that will go between the top and bottom two speakers that will have the grill cloth attached to it. This will make the front panel look like it's angled, just like most of the cabinets you see. It's hard to understand how it's going to go together without taking apart a half stack (which is what we did).

ballstothewall
04-09-2007, 02:27 PM
Because that's not how Marshall designed the stack. Also, the front baffle is going to be removable and that would make it **** near impossible to remove if it were angled.

There will be a center cleat that will go between the top and bottom two speakers that will have the grill cloth attached to it. This will make the front panel look like it's angled, just like most of the cabinets you see. It's hard to understand how it's going to go together without taking apart a half stack (which is what we did).

Ahh ok, I see what your doing now.

Immacomputer
04-21-2007, 10:48 PM
***UPDATE***

Greg did some work last week and got a pretty good way through it. He got the front baffle pretty much finished:

Front baffle front:
http://i13.tinypic.com/2m7znv5.jpg

Front baffle rear:
http://i19.tinypic.com/4d52gc4.jpg

Front baffle test fit:
http://i11.tinypic.com/2w57mrs.jpg

It fit really well and looked really nice. He did a nice job of sanding and rounding everything over.

The rear cleats don't go all the way up on the side so that we can remove the front baffle if necessary:
http://i15.tinypic.com/33vzz9e.jpg
http://i11.tinypic.com/2rvz9q8.jpg

This is the jig I made for the router:
http://i17.tinypic.com/2z70d1u.jpg

This is it mounted getting ready to cut some holes out for the bookshelf speakers I'm also working on:
http://i19.tinypic.com/2i7obo9.jpg

twisztdauthorit
12-19-2008, 01:24 AM
all the pix are down =(

Pioneer~Saturn
12-19-2008, 01:32 AM
Nice dovetails :) It's looking good.