Tiger Mahogany (?) center channel speaker

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Project by sandt38 posted 06-10-2010 06:47 PM 2945 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another speaker project of mine. I built it to work in conjunction with my curly mahogany mains, so it uses the same 8 inch mid, and tweeter, and I voiced the crossover to be as close to the mains as I could.

The veneer dealer said this is tiger mahogany, but after getting it all dressed up I am not so sure, as the color is drastically different from the mains. Does anyone have any ideas on what it looks like? The finish is some shellac and 6 coats of brushing lacquer all hand sanded and polished like the mains.

Now on to the construction details. This was my first lone attempt at veneering (my second attempt altogether), it was my first time veneering to and rolling over an edge, and I had no instruction or even suggestions made on doing it, it was all guesswork and experimentation. I think I did pretty good with it. It was also my first attempt at book matching veneer, which as you can see was not altogether successful. The joinery is locking miter (with a router) for the sides, top, and bottom, with rabbited front and rear baffles, and the cabinet is all 3/4” MDF. I embedded neo-magnets into the cabinet before laying the veneer so I didn’t ruin the wood with peg cups for mounting the grille cover. I had to build the grille because the wood just screams for attention, and it would detract from the viewing experience.

-- 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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#1 posted 06-10-2010 07:08 PM

gorgeous wood. nice job

-- Kate,

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 07:14 PM

Fantastic project, very nicely done. I am sure you will get many compliments from jealous friends who will forever find their speakers inadequate, from now on.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 07:17 PM

Incredible wood on that piece.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#4 posted 06-10-2010 07:22 PM

That has got to be some of the most beautiful veneer I’ve seen. ...luthier quality. Great job on this.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#5 posted 06-10-2010 08:28 PM

wow gorgeous

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 06-10-2010 08:33 PM

Sandt38, I’m a beginner when it comes to wood species, but they turned out beautiful none the less. Great work!


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#7 posted 06-10-2010 09:08 PM

I’m pretty sure that it’s figured quarter-sawn sapele veneer, as it looks nearly identical to my wooden computer case:

( from: )

-- Allen, Colorado

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#8 posted 06-10-2010 09:11 PM

Nice work!

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#9 posted 06-10-2010 11:20 PM

Impressive job, that veneer is beautiful I hope it sounds as good as it looks…

-- Ollie, UK.

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#10 posted 06-11-2010 04:49 AM

Gorgeous wood!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 06-14-2010 02:55 AM

That’s awesome looking veneer. Nice job all around!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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