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paean

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10-07-2009 04:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: speaker box veneering router

Hi All,
Looks like I’m in over my head. The short story is, I made a few mistakes with my router.

The speaker box is 3/4” MDF with bamboo veneer over top. I don’t have enough veneer to completely reface the front. My question is… is it possible to repair these mistakes without completely re-veneering the wood face?

Any pointers are welcome! Thank you.


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 10-07-2009 04:38 PM

What kind of finish will be on the veneer? If it is going to be solid color or a very dark stain, a repair with wood filler would probably not be very noticeable. But if you plan a natural finish or a light colored stain, I think your only options are to either re-veneer, or find some sort of backing slightly larger than the speaker cover that would cover up the mistake.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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paean

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#2 posted 10-07-2009 05:06 PM

I am planning a natural finish with water-based poly.

I suppose its not possible to fit a small custom slice of veneer, tape it with blue tape, fill it in from below, remove the tape, and glue the piece of veneer to the fill??

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WiZeR

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#3 posted 10-07-2009 05:24 PM

Unless you are very skilled at veneer repair/marquetry, I’d highly recommend you call it a ‘do-over’. You’ll always see those mistakes and kick ourself about it (DAMHIKT)

-- http://www.thewoodhaven.co.uk Home of Woodworking.

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patron

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#4 posted 10-07-2009 05:31 PM

maybe a black piece to complete the circle of the speaker line ,
you would have to make a jig ,
and do them all ,
but it would look better than a noticeable repair ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Indiana_Parrothead

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#5 posted 10-07-2009 05:37 PM

You could rout the holes larger to the same diameter as the mistake and then use strips of the bamboo veneer to make the circle look highlighted. You could also use a different kind of wood to contrast the bamboo. You could even cut the hole much larger and add a 1/2” or so “accent”.

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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paean

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#6 posted 10-07-2009 05:40 PM

Wizer: I’m new to veneering, so maybe it would be best to look for someone “very skilled” locally. London, Ontario anyone? ( ;

Patron: A black piece might work for esthetic purposes, but the speakers are flush-mounted to minimize sound reflections. I’d have to raise the speakers a bit. Good suggestion. That might work.

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Kindlingmaker

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#7 posted 10-07-2009 05:41 PM

Make the same mistake at the bottom and both sides and call them an engineered speaker replacement lift points…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Kindlingmaker

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#8 posted 10-07-2009 05:42 PM

...or enlarge the routed area and put a contrasting ring of wood in…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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patron

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#9 posted 10-07-2009 05:44 PM

no, just rout down the thickness of the veneer ,
and use another piece of the veneer,
if you like and paint it black ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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paean

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#10 posted 10-07-2009 05:49 PM

Indiana_Parrothead: Thanks for your suggestion. Its a good one. Maybe a little bit more work than I want to do, and I’d like to keep the look as close to my original plans.

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Gary

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#11 posted 10-07-2009 06:05 PM

Doesn’t appear to me to be enough room between the speakers to do a full circle accent. I’d probably go for the re-do to get it done right.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 10-07-2009 06:20 PM

I was thinking along the same lines as David , I would router out just the flat side of the speakers an add some ebonized wood or so black plastic to make it looks like it’s part of the speaker .Just make sure you clamp a guide on it to avoid another mistake. Or you could just make some thin covers and apply them to the top to cover the damaged areas.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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