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Avatar is now selling speaker cabinet kits

Post by MakerDP » Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:35 am

Like the subject says... mine just came today in a flat-pack. Assembly looks easy and the price was pretty fair IMO. Looks easily convertible into a combo cab if you are handy with a router too.
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It's their 1x12 traditional cabinet. Ishould have time to actually put it together Sunday or Wednesday.

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Post by xtian » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:19 pm

Interested to see what kind of joints they've given you.
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Post by JazzGuitarGimp » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:57 pm

xtian wrote:
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Interested to see what kind of joints they've given you.
I was wondering about that too.
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Re: Avatar is now selling speaker cabinet kits

Post by MakerDP » Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:20 am

https://avatarspeakers.com/shop/guitar- ... ional-kit/

https://youtu.be/vKN8ImwMe3w

Glue and a brad nailer is all you need then finish to taste.

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Post by M Fowler » Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:50 pm

I would glue and clamp no brad nails.

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Post by Geeze » Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:31 pm

If you plan to round the corners I'd forgo the nails and glue a cleat to the inside four corners. With a Titebond style glue that will be all you need!

What speaker do you plan to use?

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Re: Avatar is now selling speaker cabinet kits

Post by MakerDP » Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:35 pm

I'm going to try and test fit today. Not sure about the need to skip the brad nailer if I'm rounding the corners. Guess I'll know more about that later today.

Speaker will depend on the amp I put in it if I go the combo route. Either way I will probably put a WGS ET65 or ET90 in it. If I go with a combo probably a WGS Retro 30 or Green Beret.

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Post by MakerDP » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:56 pm

Test fitted...
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You will definitely need to do something with the edges using a router but this thing will be a snap to assemble and is VERY sturdy even without any glue. Everything fits perfectly.

If turned into a combo It would be cool to fit a piece of plexiglass in place of the jack plate so you can peer into the guts of the amp.
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I would think a good carbide tipped router bit would take care of any brad nails that might be in its path?

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Post by Geeze » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:58 am

MakerDP wrote:
Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:56 pm
I would think a good carbide tipped router bit would take care of any brad nails that might be in its path?
Never been a fan of cutting nails with a router. Unless you don't have clamps I'd forgo the brads as not necessary. I routinely edge glue sides for amp and speaker cabs together and have never had an issue with seams popping. Ever lugging the monster OT/PT's on 100 watt amps.
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Post by MakerDP » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:39 am

Good point Geeze. Have you watched that assembly video I linked above? Do you think cleats would be needed the way the front and rear "frames" are dadoed into the four sides?

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Post by Geeze » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:22 pm

I would put cleats in if you plan to round those edges as you will be removing glue joint area from the dado cut. Is it over kill? Probably. Are you going to tolex or finish the wood?

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Post by MakerDP » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:50 pm

most likely tolex which will add strength but yeah you're right... I never thought about it from the perspective of rounding the edges will remove bonding surface area! Cleats are a snap to add and with those, just for assembly simplicity I would definitely glue and brad nail them in (the cleats not the actual joints.)

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Re: Avatar is now selling speaker cabinet kits

Post by MakerDP » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:40 pm

No updates on this for at least a week... we are at the beginning of a week+ heat-wave here in Central California... 110-ish degrees Fahrenheit outside every day... no way I am stepping foot in my garage for a while.

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Re: Avatar is now selling speaker cabinet kits

Post by MKB » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:52 pm

For such a cab assembly, might be worth investing in a biscuit joiner. I made my last few cabs with biscuit joints and it worked great. Makes for a solid easy joint, MUCH faster and easier than any sort of dovetail or finger joint, and no metal bits to eat your router bit.

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Post by xtian » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:38 pm

MKB wrote:
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:52 pm
For such a cab assembly, might be worth investing in a biscuit joiner. I made my last few cabs with biscuit joints and it worked great. Makes for a solid easy joint, MUCH faster and easier than any sort of dovetail or finger joint, and no metal bits to eat your router bit.
Thx for the reminder--have one, but never tried. This works on plywood? 90-degrees, or do you cut edges at 45 degrees?
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