Speaker cabinet refurb

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Project by Boneski posted 03-11-2011 01:30 AM 4505 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 15 years ago a friends dad gave me these Acoustic Research AR18 speakers – thanks George.
Originally the foam around the bass speakers had rotted away, so I had these replaced and have been using them ever since as front speakers on my main entertainment system.
While they still sounded excellent, the tacky plastic wood finish was looking tatty and there was no grille covers – see picture #2.
So i bought some iron on walnut veneer, stripped them down and refinished them.
I used a high gloss poly floor finish, because I picked up a can of the stuff very cheap. It went on well and dried very very hard.
I also made some speaker grilles out of some plywood.
Thanks for looking!

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 05:31 AM

looks 100 times better now. nice job.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 06:03 AM

wow that finish looks great, where did you get the foam done at?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 06:16 AM

Perfect!!! Do they sound as good as they look?

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 07:18 AM

They sound the same. If anything a little more polished ;-)

Ike, I should have been more specific in my description. The grilles are a plywood frame with “grille cloth” stretched and stapled over the top. The cloth is real thin and stretchy. Makes for a good look. The grilles are attached with industrial velcro.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 06:48 PM

They look really nice. I had a nice pair of speakers that I was planning on doing something like this with. The last time I looked at them they had water damage and I had to chuck them. Still kicking myself over that one yet.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 06:51 PM

AR speakers were wonderful.

But the way you just breathed new life into them—turning them into furniture—is even better :-)

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 06:59 PM

I’m surprised that iron-on veneer looks so good! I might have to give that stuff another look. Excellent work!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 03-26-2011 03:59 AM

You just sold me on the iron-on veneer,and the floor finish really makes them stand out! You should be proud of this, Awesome job!

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#9 posted 03-26-2011 04:20 AM

nice save on the speakers they look great

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#10 posted 05-30-2011 06:08 PM


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