Speaker cabinets #2

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Project by Tag84 posted 10-19-2012 04:25 PM 4457 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The second tryout in building speakers.
This time i ordered a speaker kit from the web.
The front panel can be removed for acces when it might be needed.
I bought a spray gun to paint the front mat black.
For the smaller details on the front, i used a dremel.
The enclosure is veneered with beech, and 3 layers of waterbased polyutherane.
I will try adding more detailed pictures of the inside.

There is also a video of the veneering process :)

thank you for watching!

here are more detailed pics;

The front panel has a rabbit where the aluminum profile wich is mounted on the enclosure, falls into.
The aluminium profile sits at the same highed as a higher part of the mdf box.
I routed a bit of the edge of the enclosure , the same thickness as the aluminum strip.
So the strip of wood on the front panel closes it of when the bolts are tightend.

-- -Thomas -

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Mark A. DeCou

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#1 posted 10-19-2012 04:54 PM

very cool. I like that old typewriter sitting on the shelf as well. I have an old Remington Typewriter I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#2 posted 10-19-2012 05:30 PM

Very nice speaker setup.

My mother still uses her typewriter like that!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-19-2012 06:16 PM

Yes! More speaker projects!

Nicely done. How do they sound?

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#4 posted 10-19-2012 07:04 PM

Hey dude, these look good! :D

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#5 posted 10-19-2012 07:08 PM

I want those.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#6 posted 10-19-2012 07:38 PM

“I want those.”

Then build some! Or build a set using my design (check my projects). You won’t be disappointed!

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#7 posted 10-19-2012 08:25 PM

Details on the speaker kit please :)

-- Unplugged Woodworkers -

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#8 posted 10-19-2012 08:29 PM

Nice looking enclosures. I have a speaker project planned for early next year so I can appreciate this post. What do you drive them with?

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#9 posted 10-19-2012 11:02 PM

Thank you guys,

Bunkie; sounds good, very accurate low and drums sound really good.

lumberjoe, dshute; its a kit from dayton audio, a usa brand. The filters come from germany.
The site where i ordered it is
I added the smaller woofer and connected the 2 woofers both low/mid range together.
it’s a 2 way system actually.

-- -Thomas -

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#10 posted 10-20-2012 04:36 AM

An excellent source for both kits and individual components is Also try

Dayton Audio is sold by Parts Express. They do make some very nice drivers. Other good brands include Scan-Speak, Morel, Vifa, SEAS and Peerless.

There are lots of speaker-building resources on the web. I happen to be a fan of transmission-line designs. Looking at Tag84’s speakers, they appear to be of the tuned-port design. The other major variant is the sealed-box or acoustic suspension design. All are viable and it really depends on the characteristics of the driver and the design goals.

Speaker-building is a natural for woodworkers as making the cabinets is the toughest part of the process. The results can be stunning. It’s easily possible to get sound quality that can cost thousands of dollars for a few hundred dollars. I’ve been building speakers since the early 1970s. I’ve lost count of how many I’ve built, but it must be close to 50 pairs. Tomorrow, I’m going to make a set of small computer speakers for my sister. I just got the tweeters yesterday which will go with a pair of woofers I picked up this summer at the midwest audio fest sponsored by Parts Express.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#11 posted 10-20-2012 11:46 AM

great info bunkie nice to hear your enthusiasm! it’s a very addictive hobby i noticed :)

-- -Thomas -

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#12 posted 10-20-2012 12:45 PM

Cool project,very modern look.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 10-21-2012 02:23 PM

First class job!

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#14 posted 10-22-2012 01:36 PM

thank you Ivan, Vicki!

-- -Thomas -

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