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Project by cpd1 posted 03-08-2021 07:37 PM 751 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When Marantz sold stereo receivers in the 70’s they came with wood surrounds. Its hard to find any of the original surrounds nowadays and the reproduction ones I’ve seen are pretty ho-hum. So I thought I would try to make one myself.

This was actually my second kick at the can. The first time around was my first time with my new router set up, so there was one sacrificial learning attempt. The second time around I decided to use Zebrawood and walnut for the trim. First time working with Zebrawood, so there were some challenges there but all in all, I think it turned out really well. About the only thing I would do differently…it is hard to see in the picture but each panel is laminated with a 3/32” inch strip of walnut (on the front and back sides). On the front end there is another 1/2” piece of Zebrawood nose attached to that walnut. The idea was to have that strip carry through and finish off the walnut trim in the dovetails joints. I should have figured out a way to have the end grain of walnut laminate be the exposed surface because it took the finish differently and doesn’t stand out as much. Live and learn.

Speaking of the finish, I posted a question in that forum (thanks everyone for the advice). I ended up going with Waterlox Original Sealer and Finish. I’d never used it before, but it did everything I asked of it (popped the grain and accentuated the contrast between the walnut and the zebrawood). Also, really easy to use. I’ll definitely use it again.

Thanks for looking.





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pottz

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#1 posted 03-08-2021 08:28 PM

thats a blast from the past and a beautiful surround.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 03-08-2021 08:54 PM

Way cool!

Love the Incra “double-double” dovetails.

Ebony goes real well with the zebrawood too.

That is some excellent precision work.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#3 posted 03-08-2021 09:26 PM

Very, very cool. I’ve been contemplating replacing the faux wood, vinyl wrapped cabinet on my 70s Pioneer receiver with hardwood. Your project inspires me to get started. Brings back good memories of reading the liner notes on sleeve with the needle dropped on an oldies LP while sitting on the floor in front of the speakers wearing bellbottom jeans. Well done.

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#4 posted 03-08-2021 09:27 PM

Beautiful job on the surround, I like the double dovetail treatment.

I need mine repaired and I can’t find anyone to do it. It powers up, but the radio doesn’t work anymore. I remember spending a fortune on it back in the day. It’s when they first came out with discrete 4 channel surround sound. Now the only time I ever listen to radio is when I’m in my car.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#5 posted 03-08-2021 09:33 PM

I had that receiver and my son now uses it. You did an outstanding job on the case.

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#6 posted 03-08-2021 10:41 PM

Great job, love it.

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

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#7 posted 03-09-2021 12:45 AM

Nice build, I have always been a fan of the double double incra.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 03-09-2021 12:45 AM

Really nice!!! Makes me want to replace the black metal wrap of my receiver and DVD player with something much more eye catching.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#9 posted 03-09-2021 01:43 AM

That’s awesome! Great attention to detail. How did you do the dovetails like that? Is it inlay?

-- Doug

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#10 posted 03-09-2021 02:44 PM

Thanks for the comments and compliments everyone.

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#11 posted 03-09-2021 02:47 PM



Beautiful job on the surround, I like the double dovetail treatment.

I need mine repaired and I can t find anyone to do it. It powers up, but the radio doesn t work anymore. I remember spending a fortune on it back in the day. It s when they first came out with discrete 4 channel surround sound. Now the only time I ever listen to radio is when I m in my car.

- awsum55

There is quite a market for vintage Marantz equipment. There are lots of tutorials online for repairing them yourself if you are inclined. There are also a lot of places that advertise repair services you could ship to if you are so inclined. That 4300 of yours looks to be in pretty good shape. It’s worth quite a pretty penny on the resale market.

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#12 posted 03-09-2021 02:59 PM



That s awesome! Great attention to detail. How did you do the dovetails like that? Is it inlay?

- Doug

Thanks.

It’s an Incra Cornerpost Double Dovetail design, i.e. there is a template for my Incra LS positioner.

Basically you cut your main panels as tailboards, then you make the mating pin cuts in a longer piece of the trim species of wood. Crosscut eight pieces off of that trim piece at the thickness of your panel and glue those to your panels. You then trim that down with another crosscut and then make another set of dovetail cuts on the router. Then you make the corner post in a manner similar to what you did with the trim.

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#13 posted 03-09-2021 06:13 PM

Beautiful. Nice to see two hobbies colliding. It sounds better if it looks better.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#14 posted 03-09-2021 06:14 PM

Good looking work. Like the double dovetails. The incra jig is pretty neat.

-- Ron

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#15 posted 03-09-2021 06:53 PM

Trick looking cabinet! I have the Incra fence and bits to try those DTs, but have never done it. How is the zebrawood with cutting DTs, does it cut clean or does it like to chip out?

I have a stack of older Marantz receivers and others in my attic awaiting repairs, Some day I’ll get to them but now I see it’ll be more fun to build nice cases!

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