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First lathe project (speaker enclosures)

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Project by kthornbloom posted 03-09-2015 03:18 PM 4853 views 22 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought I’d share my first lathe project! Two speakers, made of Walnut and finished in Shellac. I learned quite a bit while making these, and did a little write up over here: https://medium.com/@kthornbloom/why-you-need-roller-skates-to-build-speakers-6bd55e7bbc84





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#1 posted 03-09-2015 04:10 PM

WOW very nice, thanks for sharing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 04:45 PM

nice project, write up and design

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#3 posted 03-09-2015 04:47 PM

A little technical info, please,,,

Which speakers are those? I assume they are full-range, 3” to 3.5” (maybe 4”?). Any fill behind the speakers? Volume behind the speakers is limited – can you really get any bass out of these?

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#4 posted 03-09-2015 04:47 PM

Nice work. Love the shape.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 03-09-2015 05:17 PM


A little technical info, please,,,

Which speakers are those? I assume they are full-range, 3” to 3.5” (maybe 4”?). Any fill behind the speakers? Volume behind the speakers is limited – can you really get any bass out of these?

- EEngineer

Yes, they are 3.5” full range speakers. These to be exact. I had planned on adding some fiberglass insulation behind the speakers, but it wouldn’t fit and I didn’t feel like putting them back on the lathe. :)

They’re my work computer speakers and sound great in a smallish office. You’d probably want to add a sub to the mix if you were planning on shaking the walls.

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#6 posted 03-09-2015 07:04 PM

those are beautiful. great work.

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#7 posted 03-09-2015 10:03 PM

Thx! I have had a lot of interest lately in small speakers…

but I don’t think I’ll be using those! They have an ugly 10 dB drop at 2k that looks to be resonance related. I’ll bet the distortion is real high in that same region.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#8 posted 03-10-2015 12:09 AM

I am very impressed. Beautiful workmanship, and I am sure the walnut will age gracefully. High scores on originality too.

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#9 posted 03-10-2015 01:18 AM

One word. Sexy

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#10 posted 03-10-2015 12:35 PM

Fabulous speakers, love them. And for a first lathe project, fantastic work,

Garry

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#11 posted 03-10-2015 01:16 PM

Love your blog about them!

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#12 posted 03-10-2015 01:41 PM

very nice. i’m so glad to see more modern pieces pop up on this site.

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#13 posted 03-10-2015 05:04 PM

Hi, Kevin
Very Nice. But I Inclined to use stave technique.

-- Rev 22:21

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#14 posted 03-10-2015 05:38 PM

Thanks everyone!


Hi, Kevin
Very Nice. But I Inclined to use stave technique.

- Alexey Khasyanov

Hmm, yes you could use that method for at least half of the piece. You’d trade having less material waste for longer build time. I was wanting the face of the speaker (which is the only part I see at my desk) to be a solid piece without any glue joints though.

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#15 posted 03-11-2015 06:34 AM

Nice looking little speakers. Great job on the blog with animated pics. Kinda expected a sound clip at the end.

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