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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 551 days ago 2737 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my son Chad graduated from Purdue University he needed to select some type of “Senior Project”. Since his major was Electrical Engineering he thought he would build an amplifier to work with his guitar. I built the case and he built the guts. In his design he wanted to stick with the old tube style amp, which made the project really look great with the front being opened.
The wood I used was walnut and used “General” finish sealer and top coat. We were both very happy with the results. The picture of Chad with his guitar shows the speakers that he borrowed from a friend. This picture was taken at school when all students were having their projects on display. I think he passed the project with flying colors.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana





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rdwile

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#1 posted 551 days ago

Looks awesome Tom, great father/son project!!

You know a nice set of 4×10’s would look great in a matching walnut cabinet – just sayin…

Rich

-- Richard D. Wile, http://richard-wile.blogspot.ca/

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JoeinGa

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#2 posted 551 days ago

That’s not REALLY a “tube” amp is it? Surely those are just “dummies’ for the looks, and the new modern electronics are in the bottom half (behind the control panel) right? Cause it looks cool as all getout!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Tom Pritchard

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#3 posted 551 days ago

Yep those are tubes… believe it or not…Thanks for your comment.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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WoodenFrog

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#4 posted 551 days ago

Very Cool Tom! Very cool!
I second Rich on the cab-fab project!
Look out Marshall Amplifiers, Here comes Tom and Son Rockin’ Amplifiers!
Great job, how does it sound?

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Michael Wilson

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#5 posted 551 days ago

That’s one hot piece of awesome right there :-)

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Tom Pritchard

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#6 posted 551 days ago

I felt like the sound was great. My son actually was considering applying for a job with Marshalll in the UK, but with 3 kids and being married he had to think about other things I guess??

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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Michael Wilson

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#7 posted 551 days ago

If he’s making analog tube amps like that, he should make them to order. The market for that kind of thing is astounding.

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bugz

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#8 posted 551 days ago

Super project, the best ones are done with my son also, thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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camps764

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#9 posted 551 days ago

Modern electronics? no way jose! It’s hard to beat the sound of a tube amp :)

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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violaine

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#10 posted 551 days ago

i am curious about the material you used for the handle.

the “caves” for those tubes are astounding woodworking feat..

i wonder how did you make them…pretty thin delicate columns for routering.

great team up (is he on electrical or an electronic engineering..)

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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 551 days ago

Hard core guitar players will never give up on the real “tube” sound. Nice job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Time2beupinAZ

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#12 posted 551 days ago

That is way to cool. I love how you made the tubes stand out. great work both of you.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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Tom Pritchard

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#13 posted 551 days ago

Violaine, To answer your question. The narrow rods are walnut. The are about 1/2 inch square and used a 1/8” dia dowel to connect to the arched shape top piece. After I had glued together I carefully used a small round over bit and rounded edges. The rest was hand sanded. if interested I can share the design with those interested. When my son made the platform to place the tubes he placed them at a particular position to get the effect that we ended up with.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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SuburbanDon

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#14 posted 551 days ago

That’s just too cool. Two of my favorite things.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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lysdexic

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#15 posted 551 days ago

I wish my son gave a flip about woodworking. He could give a.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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