Morning from the cloudy and overcast parts of central florida!

Ive been building guitars (1-2 a year) from plans for a few years, prior to that I had ZERO skill with tools of any kind.

I pickup- a drill my wife calls 911. so in theory making guitars and amps should be well out of my skill range but so far everything seems to be working ok.

HOWEVER, after building 3 CBG's and 1 Cookie Tin Banjo, I have discovered 3 hery important thinks

1) My "from scratch" necks are the most God awful necks ever seen on anything with stings

2) although I can make some pretty cool looking CBA's (solid state amps) my attempts at building the cabinet for larger amps , well in a word it INHALES SHARPLY! Yes they suck, HARD

Now from what I have seen tjhese should be pretty simple litt;e builds, but somehow I manage to mess them up very badly

if anyone has some simple plans for a head or even a small combo i would be eternally gratefukk

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Hi Jerome.  This link discusses building basic boxes of wood:

http://www.cigarboxnation.com/forum/topics/how-to-make-your-own-box

Beyond the basics shown, some things to consider (and I'm sure the carpenters here can add a lot more to this):

* Draw out the design on paper and get it fully in your mind before starting.  I have found this to be very important.  Prevents making unforeseen errors.

* The speaker cover is important.  It not only protects the speaker but makes the finished work look nice.  Decide ahead of time on what kind of speaker cover you're going to use and plan the box around it.

* Use straight, quality wood. Or old barn wood.  Old barn wood is awesomsauce. 

* Cut straight lines.  If you have a table saw, excellent.  If not, a circular saw can do well, rip saw, and plane to make the ends straight.

* The front of the box should cover the edges of the sides of the box, not vice versa.  Or not, depending on the final look you want.

* Clamp box with 90-degree clamps and pre-drill screw holes.

* You can glue if you like, but then getting back inside for mods/repairs can be a trick.

* A light glow-torch makes a nice-finish on your amp for that "back-woods" rough look.  It makes the wood grain stand out, or you can add your own designs. 

* If you wish to stain, check YouTube for videos on how to stain properly.  Staining is a learned skill.

* Avoid the urge to use contact paper.  It rips and tears easily.  If you do use a contact-surface finish, get the pro stuff specially meant for amps.  It can be pricey but it's thicker and tougher.  It can still tear and rip.  Imo natural finishes are better.  Scratches build character. : )

Maybe you could go on a hunt for a donor cabinet.  Lots of small amps are made this way using cigar boxes.  For a bigger cabinet, a wine box, old speaker, old wooden case for a power tool or projector or something.   Even an old piece of luggage or hard sided case could work.  Then "all" you have to do is put holes in it.   Hit the thrift stores or flea markets or even the free on craigslist section. 

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