Walnut Speakers

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Project by Schnur posted 04-25-2016 12:24 AM 1496 views 12 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The marriage of different trades and materials can be used to a stunning effect. By combining fields that are too often exclusive to one another, truly unique pieces can be constructed. This project, the Amiga speakers designed by Paul Carmody, combine the arts of speaker design, electrical, and woodworking. I appreciate his hard work in designing and posting his speaker builds for others to use. Projects like these allow for expanded learning involving multiple different fields. The woodworking involved in the project was straightforward, but the nuances of speaker design and wiring of the crossovers wasn’t second nature to me. It was beneficial to learn a bit about what makes a speaker sound the way it does and how DC current works while building this project.
I tweaked the dimensions Paul provided to better line up with proportions I find aesthetically pleasing. These speakers were constructed from 3/4” MDF and veneered with paper-backed walnut and contact cement. They were finished with five coats of General Finishes satin oil and urethane topcoat. The crossover components were mounted to a 1/4” thick piece of MDF and placed behind the woofer for ease of access.
I am glad I broadened my horizons with a interdisciplinary project such as this and look forward to dabbling in more electrical work in the future.


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#1 posted 04-25-2016 01:13 PM

I’m sure you will enjoy these speakers. Paul has an excellent ear for voicing speakers, in addition to being an all around nice guy. I built my daughter a pair of ONS center channels for her porch. While neither she nor her husband are audiophiles, they really like how they sound or rather don’t sound, nothing there but the music.
PS. Did you build the X-over?

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#2 posted 04-25-2016 02:49 PM

I love this project. I have thought about approaching a local high-end speaker manufacturer about building a pair of home stereo cabinets and have them do the electronics for me. Seeing this only makes me more anxious to get it done. Thanks

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#3 posted 04-25-2016 03:38 PM

Rollie, I’m glad she enjoys the speakers you built. You certainly don’t have to be an audiophile to enjoy a good set of speakers. I did build the crossovers and Paul’s crystal clear plans really helped. It’s a nice change of pace from the woodworking aspect of the project.
tbone, I wish you the best of luck with your project!


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#4 posted 04-25-2016 09:00 PM

You worked very clean,congratulations for that pair!

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#5 posted 04-26-2016 12:34 AM

Love me some Vifa silk domes!


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