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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-02-2003, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Building your own 1X12"

I think I am going to build my own 1X12" cab for home use. I guess I will use a Celestian Vintage 30. Does anyone have an idea of the dimensions or blue prints for one?

I guess birch is the preferred wood for cabs? Would anything be wrong with pine? I know it is a soft wood but this cab isn't going to take a beating and I like the way stained pine looks. Dove tail construction would make it solid as hell. I have all of the tools I will need- circular saw, jig saw, bad a$$ Porter Cable router, clamps, etc...

I should be able to build this thing for under $120 (including $90 for the speaker) and it won't be a particle board piece of garbage.

Anyone else done this? Post pics. Thanks!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-05-2003, 03:22 AM
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If you're making an open back, there's no worries about size so much.
When it comes to closed backs, the common opinion seems to be that the internal volume is what matters, not the shape. The more the better.

Dimensions for most speaker cabs are available, so just go do some surfin'...

The Vintage 30 is a good choice.

Birch is used because 3/4" birch plywood seems to be sturdy enough. Solid wood is also a good option, but plywood is somewhat cheaper easier to craft so it's the "industry standard". If you have the patience, go with real wood. Pine cabs have been made by many, so it shouldn't be a problem.

Also check this one out:

Good luck!
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-05-2003, 02:47 PM
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Cornford cabs are solid pine dovetailed design. I'm sure they use void free stock (no knots). Apparently the argument for pine is resonance and weight. Birch is heavy, pine not so much.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-05-2003, 03:56 PM
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I'd consider building a little open back like the Boogie cabs I used to have...the they were tolex but would be great with hardwood or pine. Nice souding and very portable. You can probably get basic dimensions from their website...I may have them at home.

If i had a router I'd be tempted to try one myself...I even have an old Celestion 12" waiting to drop in.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-05-2003, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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That article that Mr. Orange posted is really good. I think I will do an open back cab. Sounds a lot easier to build and design. Think I should go with Celestians? That article implied they were over priced. Maybe but they are the only speakers I have ever used. What about JBL, Emimence and others?

Thanks alot for posting. I think I'll start construction this weekend!
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-05-2003, 07:41 PM
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Check out the Weber website...the have speaks that are similar to many popular classics yet with decent prices. I can't vouch first hand, but on newgroups, etc they have a good rep.

There's a guy here in the Dallas area that has a couple Weber Blue Dogs for only $50 for the and I'll pass on the info if you're interested.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-08-2003, 06:49 AM
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The easy part of Celestions is that everyone and their brother has them, so they're easy to check out.

I've heard good things about Weber Blue Dogs, but never tried them. For $50 a pair, I'd go for them in a split second.

Eminences are nice, check out VHT cabs or a thread here on them. They seem slightly tighter than Celestions in the upper mids to my ears. I have a weird pair of 12" Eminences with square magnets, according to the code they're from 1982, and cost me $20 for the pair... I'm thinking of asking a friend of mine to make a THD-sized 2x12 cab for them. Here's one he made.

Jensens also have a pretty good reputation, Fender people seem to like them.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-08-2003, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Orange
... I'm thinking of asking a friend of mine to make a THD-sized 2x12 cab for them. Here's one he made.
I'll bet that cab has a really full bouquet of tone.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-10-2003, 07:11 AM
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Inspired by the this thread, I decided to design and build my own 2x12'' cab for my Peavey Bandit 112 (with a POD as Preamp). Now I was looking for speakers and next to Celestions (which are way too expensive for me) I found Eminence Legend 121 speakers (which are quite affordable). I'm in a cover band doing mostly rock songs. Now I was wondering if they are any good? Has anybody got these in his/her cab/amp? I must mention that I'm here in Germany and it's almost impossible to find Weber or Jensens speakers mentioned above. The Eminence cost 51 ...



P.S.: I don't want to hi-jack this thread, but I was afraid, if I start a new one it'll get closed faster than I can say celestion
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-10-2003, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Fabe- From what I hear the Eminence speakers sound nice. I'd stay away from JBL- they are more geared for country music I think. I am still debating about my speaker selection also. Right now I am trying to find some diamond plate protective corners. I found a very mean looking steel grill to use. I also need to find some cool covering. I'd like to find some camo covering if it is out there.

My cab is going to be built out of pine. Not plywood. It will have a heavy steel grill and diamond plate trim. Hopefully, it will have diamond plate corners.
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