I'm no Norm Abram, but in my home studio, the corner with my Tremolux was always kind of a mess; the wooden box to the right of the amp is actually a bookcase with my younger daughter's piano music, which she can't really get to. Now, she's got access to her music, my amp is right there, and I now have a top shelf for more gear. Or a plant which my wife is suggesting...
This was my first time using Kreg pocket screws; wood is 3/4" plywood and 1x2 finishing strips. It's basically 2 boxes screwed on top of each other. Lots of sanding, staining, satin polyurethane, more sanding, etc. Happy with how it came out.
If I were doing it again (and will be on the right side):
water-based stain and poly - cleanup is a LOT easier.
I don't have a lot of room, but if there was a way to sand and stain before assembly I think it would look better.
While this is 18" deep, I could stick with 12" hardwood boards and go for a better grade wood.
I need a nice hunk of masonite or plywood as a stable base to cut on; was using an old cabinet door (2x4') and wasn't the best.
Would have pocket screwed the face frame together, and then pocket screwed it to the carcass.
Would have made it slightly narrower, as 4' is pretty wide and there's a lot of negative space on either side of the amp.
For the right side, it's about elevating a Dr. Z MAZ 18 Jr and a Princeton Reverb, but also adding 8-10 units of rack space underneath the Princeton.
At least now I have the tools for it - thankful my old Dewalt cordless drill battery died as I ended up getting a Ryobi drill, nailer, circular saw and the Kreg cross-cut jig. May get their orbital sander next for the next one...
Eric - you read my mind; I have the cross-cut sled, so I already have the base on my cordless saw. Worth getting for sure. I did see a "this old house" episode where Tom Silva glued two pieces of 1/2" ply together with the top piece narrower, and then ran the saw down each side, left hand and right hand to make a DIY track sled for either side of a circular. The Kreg track saw base is $100, so easy purchase.
I'm not at the level of doing enough carpentry to need a real track saw; will report back how the Kreg one works when I do the next project.