"Walnut look" pine speaker cabinet with cane grill

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Project by Jofa posted 04-27-2015 03:19 PM 4636 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys. Been busy with a couple of projects and I wanted to post one of them.

I do a lot with musicians (mostly guitarists) and I was contacted by a guy who was interested in a custom speaker cabinet for his recording studio.

The cab had to do more than just look pretty as he was dropping a couple of hundred dollars worth of speakers in there. I built the cab with clear pine and a baffle board out of 1/2” birch ply. This style of cab employs what is called a “floating baffle” in that it isn’t glued to the frame but rather screwed in on the top and bottom which allows for additional resonance when driven with an amplifier head.

As all of us guitarists are poor, he wanted a walnut look but actual walnut stock in these dimensions would have been cost-prohibitive. So I went about this employing the following method:

- After assembly, sanded progressively down to 600 grit. This gave me an extremely level base to finish.
- I used my own version of sanding sealer.
- Applied the sealer pretty liberally and hit it with 600 grit again after fully dried. I found that this allows for just enough of the stain to bleed through while preventing blotches.
- Used Minwax Dark Walnut with a foam brush and then finished with Minwax semi gloss poly.

Overall, the client was happy with the result. He said he wants another one to run in stereo. :)

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#1 posted 04-27-2015 06:14 PM

nice work .

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#2 posted 04-27-2015 06:14 PM

Looks good, nice workmanship.

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#3 posted 04-27-2015 11:59 PM

Love the speaker. Beautiful job! I’m envious.

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#4 posted 04-28-2015 01:17 AM

Nice work, interesting about how the insides work as well. I built a simple wood box and threw a speaker at it years ago. Looked great, sounded tinny. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 04-28-2015 07:32 AM

Looks great. Vintage meets crafstmanaship.
Thanks for sharing

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#6 posted 04-29-2015 01:23 AM

I remember your first posting of a similar, amplifier box. Looks like you have a niche? Happy customer wants more. LOL!

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