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Iris combo cab

Post by Geeze » Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:27 am

So I built this for the 2017 Dallas Guitar show as a booth amp 5/5-7/17. 1987 in a curly maple, canary and walnut finished with an orange water based stain and linseed oil / mineral spirits.
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I plan to build a curly maple iris similar to the pic below. Surprising how much orange the blue human iris has.
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Found some curly maple with good figure that was wide enough to form the iris to fill the combo cab baffle.
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Then cut most of it away to fit. Always a nervous moment as I tend to be a 'Ready, Fire, Aim' guy.
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To put the orange in I carved the 'figure' in with a dremel then bleached the wood with a two part solution. Stained the wood with yellow and orange then filled it with epoxy. Sand flat.
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Bleached again then rubbed in blue fabric dye, to be shown in the next post.

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Re: Iris combo cab

Post by xtian » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:41 am

OMG. Phil, is there a "Like LOTS" button available?
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Re: Iris combo cab

Post by pompeiisneaks » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:51 pm

Yes, if a lot of us like it (that's two) ;)
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Post by xtian » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:03 pm

Whoa...Adobe is reading your mind...
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Re: Iris combo cab

Post by pompeiisneaks » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:52 pm

xtian wrote:
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:03 pm
Whoa...Adobe is reading your mind...

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LOL :D

I see that one a lot, I use adobe products all the time

Edit: specifically Premiere Pro to edit my Youtube vids
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Re: Iris combo cab

Post by Geeze » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:35 am

Thank you for the kind replies - that adobe thing is giving me ideas....

Here's the iris rebleached and the blue dye rubbed in. It's matte at this point
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Now with 3+ coats of automotive clear brushed on
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And wet sanded with 400 grit to level and give the paint a grip.
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Now I gotta relearn how to use a two stage airbrush.

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Re: Iris combo cab

Post by M Fowler » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:34 am

Some good looking stuff right there. :D

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Re: Iris combo cab

Post by Phil_S » Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:25 pm

Russ, you keeps amazing us with your creativity! May I say, this one is eye-popping! <groan>

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Re: Iris combo cab

Post by Cantplay » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:37 am

Your idea would look nice as an acoustic guitar top, pupil as soundhole.

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Re: Iris combo cab

Post by stelligan » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:09 am

It's threads like this that keep me hanging out here. So much talent and creativity on ampgarage.

Super cool cab, man :!:

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Re: Iris combo cab

Post by Geeze » Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:49 am

Getting closer to the finish line. I airbrushed in white highlights and some translucent orange on.
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I liked the effects but I wasn't happy with the presentation - it didn't said EYE. More black hole on acid. After consulting with a artist friend I sprayed on some white accents.
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AYE! - sorry couldn't resist. Three coats of automotive clear later...
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I sprayed white on the pupil as a reflection but it was in the wrong place so I plan to redo it.

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Re: Iris combo cab

Post by xtian » Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:17 pm

Now, obviously, you need TWO of them, side by side.
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Re: Iris combo cab

Post by Geeze » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:21 am

xtian wrote:
Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:17 pm
Now, obviously, you need TWO of them, side by side.
I intended to do just that by book matching the angled pieces. When I cut a couple apart the pieces warped badly - so it will be a cyclops amp.

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Re: Iris combo cab

Post by Geeze » Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:12 am

Fixed the FUBAR'd reflection on the pupil and sprayed a bit of lacquer to make it somewhat shiny.
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Next will be to clean the disaster I call a shop and contemplate the next project as I don't do postpartum project depression well. Then I saw this and thought HOLY CRAP! A 2x12!
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Re: Iris combo cab

Post by JazzGuitarGimp » Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:47 am

That looks like a 2x12 AND 2x15 all rolled up into one!
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