Amplify is a wooden box originally designed to be used as a replacement box for the Fender Mini Tone-Master Amp. The goal for this project was to design a modular box that would hold similar items (different amplifiers or even other circuits that fit within it) by providing the users with a customizable front and side panel to match their specific needs.
Step 1: Materials & Tools
Step 2: Laser Cutting
Download the file below.
The file is explicitly designed for a customized Fender Mini Tone Master's circuit. However, the design is fully modular to fit any other amplifier or even other circuits. There is a 5" x 1" space for a front panel and a 1.5" x 1" space for a side panel. You can connect any panel that you desire to the design using the supports as long as they match the final dimensions. In addition, the top face provides you with a clean canvas that you can use to place your own design to the make your box even more unique.
Make sure the inner dimension of the thin circles also match the size of your speakers.
Before you start your laser cutting, make sure you have thoroughly read these instructions and know the limits of the circuit dimensions you can install inside the design. Consider the dimensions limits set by the front and side panel and the dimensions of the speakers. You should be able to cut these on any laser cutter, but make sure you consult the recommended settings for your laser cutter and test the different cuts before moving on.
Laser Cutting Guide:
- Black - Engraving / Rastering
- Red - First Cut
- Blue - Second Cut
- Green - Third Cut
Step 3: Pre-assembly
- If you used any masking tape to protect your wood, it is now time to take them off.
- Use the sandpaper to get rid of any sharp edges.
- Take two of the thin circles and glue them together.
- Do the same for the other two pieces.
- Make sure the speakers fit inside the circles, if they don't, use the file to widen the ring until the speakers fit perfectly inside them.
- Stick the pieces onto the bottom face using the cut lines around the patterns as a guide.
- Use the file to create a small path on the thicker circles for the speaker wires to pass through.
- Take the front face, the front panel and the front support. Glue the front support to the front face and then stick the front panel on the top.
- Take the top face, the side panel and the side support. Glue the side support to the top face and then stick the side panel on the top.
Step 4: Assembly
- Take the back face and the bottom face. Glue them together as shown in the picture.
- Take the front face and glue it onto its place as shown in the picture.
- Take the four legs and glue them onto their places as shown in the picture.
- Place the speakers in their place. Place the thick circles on top of them and pass the wires through the paths that you created in the pre-assembly step.
- Glue the side circuit onto its place. Make sure it is fully dried before you move on to the next step.
- Connect the front circuit to the front panel. Tighten the knobs so that they are fixed in their places.
- Take the top face and glue the left side ( the side with the side panel) to the joints.
- Make sure all your circuits are fixed in their places. Pull the top panel so that it is a bit stretched and just close it on the other side.
Now your Amplifier is ready to be used.
Step 5: Post-assembley
This step is fully optional and it's all about how much you want to make the box yours. Make sure to use the sandpaper to finish your box. If you are interested you can use wood stain to colour your box. Or you can even draw on it.
Feel free to just plug it in and enjoy your creation.