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Project by hairy posted 02-18-2021 06:19 PM 583 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is for the little rock n roller in the family. I had an idea for a bluetooth stereo that would look like a Fender amplifier head. This is what I wound up with.

I bought most of the parts from Stew Mac.

The bluetooth stereo kit is from Rockler.

The box is 1/2” BBply with internally splined miters. I used 1/4” where the speakers, control unit and speaker grill mount. I didn’t take many photos in process.

Titebond 3 was used to apply the Tolex, the black fabric covering the box. I did some reading and youtubing. Back in the 1950’s when Fender started making them, they used hot hide glue. I didn’t want anything toxic, I’m happy with TB3.

I had some adhesive hook and loop tape that I used to secure the speaker grill.

6” x 6” x 12” long. BBply

I hope she likes it as much as I do.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#1 posted 02-18-2021 08:39 PM

Nice job, Hairy. I really thought it was a mint-looking old Fender head, and was wondering where the knobs were. Till I saw your post header.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#2 posted 02-18-2021 08:57 PM

Very cool.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#3 posted 02-18-2021 09:52 PM

Impressive Hairy!

Even us old musicians would appreciate something that nice!!!


-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#4 posted 02-18-2021 10:24 PM


-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#5 posted 02-18-2021 11:13 PM

Nice! I like the concept.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 02-19-2021 01:33 AM

Whoa, nice.

Project sent my mind back to 70’s. Scary place…

Worked for sound/light equipment leasing company as electronics repair tech, and helped build new PA speakers for stage use. Built many hundred speaker cabinets covered in Tolex. Can still remember the smell from spraying hot hide glue, fed by 100lb capacity hot pot, with heated hoses/head; while swimming in a see of vinyl film, with that unforgettable acrid polyvinyl chloride smell that burned out your nose hair.
Was the greatest part time job in world.
Work shop(s) were next to a demo sound/light stage in warehouse. Owner offered cheap stage rental time to local bands for practice.
Could not smell or hear a thing after an hour of weekend ‘work’, thanks to several thousand watts of ‘speaker test’ music blaring through warehouse. But could always hear music over the router table…..

sigh, the ‘good’ ole days. Thanks for walk down memory lane….

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#7 posted 02-19-2021 11:29 AM

Realy cool, so awesome. Realy profesionaly made – it’s quite authentic – I like that retro style.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 02-19-2021 01:24 PM

Great job buddy! I have one of these on my bucket list for the near future. I really like the style.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#9 posted 02-20-2021 02:22 PM

Awesome, great work.

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

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#10 posted 02-24-2021 11:15 AM

Great Project Hairy….Regards…...Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#11 posted 04-14-2021 11:02 PM

Very nice speaker box loos a lot like a Fender Amp. power hrs. Job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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