Veneering Speaker Cabinets

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Project by Gary Lucas posted 07-01-2010 07:22 AM 7444 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at veneering. This veneer is walnut, with no backing. I used Rockler’s cold press glue. I understand it has ground up walnuts shells in it, to keep the glue from migrating to the front of the veneer. I installed cloth and made an adjustable speaker mount with mounts using a French cleat. Will post more pictures of the finished project in a couple of days. The sound is great.

-- Go create sawdust

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#1 posted 07-01-2010 12:39 PM

They look great! I like your walls of tool storage too!

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#2 posted 07-01-2010 02:41 PM

Very nice. I like when people post the build in progress, not just the finished product.

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#3 posted 07-01-2010 04:40 PM

Nice job Gary.
Those are going to be mighty sweet looking when done.

How about posting some pictures of your nice, and well organized shop?

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#4 posted 07-01-2010 06:59 PM

Where did the design come from? HTGuide or AVS Forum?

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#5 posted 07-01-2010 09:22 PM

Cool! Do you have any details of the project? Drivers, crossover, etc? I see at least three, did you build mains and a center, or did you go with all 5?

As a speaker builder, the project interests me tremendously.

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#6 posted 07-01-2010 09:58 PM

Sandt38. I used 2 4 ohm speakers in series, which gives 8 ohms. Then I used a 2-way crossover ( 8 ohm) for the tweeter mounted between the 2 larger drivers. The drivers and crossovers, I bought from Parts Express. I was careful to select the crossover that came close to matching the speakers rolloffs. Since I have a 7.1 surround, I made 4 speakers..2 for rear and 2 for sides. Also, I like to listen to music, so my front speakers are larger. I know you are probably not supposed to do that, but the tweeters come close to matching on front ,center, rear, and sides. The front speakers (left right center) are built into a wall, so I just left them with the raw MDF. Also the 15 inch subwoofer is built into the wall and is in a tuned cabinet built with 1 inch MDF (Heavy!)

As I am typing this, I am waiting for the paint to dry on other speakers. I made 2 3-way speaker cabinets based on a 10 inch woofer to be used in my woodshop. I moved and stored the speakers in the basement. The power went out for 2 days, my sump pumps could not run so my basement flooded with 18 inches of water. The speakers were sitting on the floor. I replaced the 10 inch woofers with what I hope are better drivers (Dayton versus Goldwood). and I hoped the crossover which was mounted behind the woofer still worked. It did! Now the hard part. MDF does not like water. The cabinets were still very sound and the only problem was swollen MDF on the bottom. I tried to sand it. Since this is for use in my workshop, appearance is not the most important. I painted the sides in blue and framed it with 1×3 painted gray. I used fiberglass charcoal window screen for the grill cloth, so I can easily blow out any sawdust. Once the paint dries I will get pictures and post them here.

-- Go create sawdust

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#7 posted 07-01-2010 10:02 PM

Veering is hard to do properly,also bought speakers and furniture is so well done by the experts we kind of take it for granted, but it’s not easy to get all the joints tight so well done regards Alistair.

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#8 posted 07-04-2010 12:13 AM

Actually making the cabinets larger is a better thing for music listening, so good work there. By making the cabinets larger you improve the bottom end, transient response, and improve the frequency response as well. You can also attain better results by stuffing polyfill in the cabinets. The general rule of thumb is 1 lb per 1 foot of cabinet. The gains are similar to building the cabinet 10% larger.

Yes, Daytons are an improvement over Goldwoods. Dayton actually makes very, very nice products. It is tough to beat them for double, in some cases triple the price.

-- 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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