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Project by sandt38 posted 1543 days ago 4248 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my speaker projects. It was my first attempt at veneering, edge inlay, and my first attempt at using a locking miter router bit. This was also the first real finishing job I ever did, with 16 layers of hand brushed lacquer. To add to that (this post is filled with firsts), this is also my first post here, and my first post on any woodworking site.

The veneer is a beautiful curly mahogany over 1 1/2 MDF for the baffle, and 3/4 MDF for the sides, top & bottom, internal braces, and back. The edge inlay is black walnut, procured from my buddy who helped me with the veneering. How awesome is it to have a buddy who will show you how to veneer, and give you some sexy walnut to boot? It was sealed with amber shellac then coated heavily with brushing lacquer. In retrospect, I wish I had used either a clear shellac or a darker inlay, as the inlay gets lost in the mahogany.

I know quite a bit more about speakers then I do woodworking, but unfortunately you can’t hear these over the internet… hopefully you enjoy just looking at them. But IMO they sound as nice as I think they look.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1543 days ago

wondeful cabinet speekers

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kosta

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#2 posted 1543 days ago

looks good

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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dakremer

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#3 posted 1543 days ago

very cool speakers. Looks like you did a great job on the veneering!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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schloemoe

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#4 posted 1543 days ago

Those would look real good in my living room…..........................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 1542 days ago

Perfect, how do they sound?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 1542 days ago

Want to make me a pair or two lol. They look awesome

-- Izzy Ohio

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Chase

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#7 posted 1542 days ago

Curly mahogany?! No way! That is really gorgeous looking.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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BritBoxmaker

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#8 posted 1542 days ago

Niiiiiiice. Some thing good to look at while you listen.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Da5idVa

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#9 posted 1542 days ago

So nice that I created an acount so that I can say it out loud.

Are those Morel tweeters?

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sandt38

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#10 posted 1542 days ago

Thanks everyone.

Ken, they sound awesome. I designed them to be flat in room down to 30Hz. The crossover and design is my own, and I RTA’d the room and did quite a bit of tweaking to achieve optimum sound.

Izzy, I actually made a small business out of this for a few years. There are a few of these floating around my neck of the woods now, in various finishes. Mine is the only set with this mahogany though.

Chase, after seeing some done in a crotch mahogany I wish I had used that instead.

Da5idVa, No they are Audax silk semi-horn loaded tweets. I am putting together a 3 way design and am contemplating using Seas tweets and midranges, with some Exodus Anarchy midwoofers. I already have the mids (caught them on a pre-buy), I just need to get them in room to make some measurements before i decide on the midranges. There isn’t a lot of info on the Anarchy’s anechoic frequency response, so it looks like it is up to me. I like Morels for in car but they do suffer a tad too much stored energy to be useful in a serious home application. While the ringing is absorbed in a car, it becomes very obvious in home.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#11 posted 1542 days ago

do they crank the hank ? nice job !

-- bill

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BOB67CAM

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#12 posted 1542 days ago

im sure they sound great, but in actuality u could throw in some speakers from radio shack and theyd still look incredible..lol

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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Routerisstillmyname

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#13 posted 1542 days ago

WoW, that is a big driver to be crossing to tweeter. it looks like 10 or 12” or is that just the way it looks in pics? super job on boxes.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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sandt38

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#14 posted 1541 days ago

It is an extended range 8 inch woofer. It is crossed at 2kHz

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#15 posted 1510 days ago

Great job

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

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