First Paying Job

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A local guitar amp builder whom I know hit me up about building him some amp cabinets for him. He was in a bind and really needed to get a couple kicked out real quick (in about a weeks time). To be honest I have no intentions of making this more than a fun hobby, but he showed me the plans and told me the price. Well, I just couldn’t turn that down (after all I am saving up for a big band saw…lol)

All I had to do was build the cabinets and he was going to add the tolex ( what he called the black material that covers the cabinets) and hardware. The bottom are for speakers of course and the top is the amp head. I put a finished head that he dropped off to use as a sample above them to show what it will look like finished.

Nothing fancy…. Just kind of proud I made $150 proffitt for about 6 hours of work (yea I’m slow…lol)

Only thing that sucked is he came back mentioning he needed backs on the bottom cabinets that weren’t put in the blueprint he gave me. Oh well, there went that extra lumber….lol

Thanks for checking it out…..

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 03-29-2010 02:26 PM

I see a bandsaw in your future.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#2 posted 03-29-2010 02:45 PM

you are on your way now ,

looking forward to the new saw ,
and the work you will do with it .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 03-29-2010 02:59 PM

$150 “profit” is great for 6 hours work.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 03-29-2010 04:16 PM

Congrats on your first paying job.

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#5 posted 03-29-2010 04:52 PM

Cool! The only thing I question is the use of plywood for the speaker box. Usual material is MDF. Did the plan call for plywood or was the customer asking for it? Maybe these set-ups are different…

-- Childress Woodworks

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#6 posted 03-29-2010 05:09 PM

I love making speaker enclosures…. so far I have made 3 Titans 48…... its a really challenging project, lots of plywood (each take almost 4 sheets of 4×8) but the end result its amazing…. yours look great too
I posted some pictures a few weeks ago about them but here they are again…keep in mind that the camera mic is too tiny to capture a good sound quality…but I can tell you that you could feel the ground shaking and I was standing almost 40 ft away before taking the clip.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#7 posted 03-29-2010 06:30 PM

Thanks everyone… I know it was a simple project, but I was tickled with the whole picture of it…lol

Hey Childress, I agree 100%. But I made it out of what he asked. He says he wants me to make more in the future and I will definitely bring up the MDF….. I think it will better to be honest, but on the other hand… I know nothing about these cabinets beside the measurements he wanted….lol

And Alonso….. Bud, I feel like we are comparing a Schwinn bicycle to an BMW Roadster…. You have me smoked…lol…. Nice cabinets by the way… Very nice.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 03-29-2010 07:40 PM


Not at all, I never meant to compare your work, I was just trying to share….....anyways I could recommend to stay away from MDF just becuase of the nasty dust that releases it, for the Titan 48 I got some nicely cabinet grade plywood…. the key is to have them perfectly sealed, I used some PL Premium Polyurethane Construction Adhesive here it works great!!! looking forward to see more enclosures projects. :)

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#9 posted 03-30-2010 10:42 AM

Cool, profit is nice helps buy more tools! LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 03-30-2010 10:58 PM

WOW, Nice Dan!!

Ive been busy in the shop-hoping to post some pics this week-Ive turned out maybe a dozen small items…
And of course finished a bunch of abandoned projects as well…lol

Thats awesome on the cabinets-Im in the band saw market myself-how big are you looking to go?, Im thinking of getting one of the HD specials $100 or so i think….

-- Chris From Maryland, If it aint broke, You havent tried fixin it yet...

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#11 posted 03-31-2010 12:23 PM

I’m looking at a big Craftsman. Well. actually two of them. There is one with a 12” throat and one with a 14” throat. I just got my new table saw not long ago so my bride is not hearing the $500 price tag that comes along with it at the moment…lol

So I need to save … save … save… My mad money…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#12 posted 02-25-2011 07:06 AM

Hey Dan, just noticed this project, really well done.

Any chance you can share the plan for the amp cabinet? I need to build one for my custom Soldano pre diy clone.

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#13 posted 10-25-2014 02:09 AM

MDF is only used by large manufacturers for profit margins. Checkout the fEARful project ( for tons of free information on a range of bass cabinet designs. You’ll learn tricks like PL premium, matching box volume to the specific drivers, bracing for added rigidity and more.

I want to figure out a finger joint jig for my router and start building various cabinets for myself.


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