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Project by Nugs posted 04-09-2013 01:21 AM 1802 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built some speakers for my girlfriend’s birthday. I wanted to try doing hand cut dovetails and this was the perfect opportunity.

The outside is solid oak joined with dovetails and glue. The front and back are MDF, I countersunk the drivers and chamfered the rear baffle using my router. I made the mistake of using the router to cut the holes for the drivers, I ended up completely dulling my spiral cutter bit. The back braces are white pine with weather stripping.

I stained the oak mahogany and finished it with poly. Painted the MDF Black with 5 coats of clear laquer. I wet sanded the laquer and buffed it for a nice shine.

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#1 posted 04-09-2013 01:25 AM

Nice work, even the Cat approves…... I am guessing the Cat also wants to know when it’s palace will be ready. (laughing)

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

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#2 posted 04-09-2013 01:44 AM

Great job.
Love the cat.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 04-09-2013 02:56 AM

I like the receiver too. I have an old Pioneer receiver with vintage Sansui speakers. Sweet.

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#4 posted 04-09-2013 03:55 AM

That cat looks so real LOL nice work.


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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 04-09-2013 05:02 AM

That is awesome! I have not built speakers yet, definitely on my list!

Where do you source speaker components anyway? Well, besides Radio Shack.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 04-09-2013 06:10 AM

I like your speaker enclosures. Those dovetails are the perfect addition to these cabinets. I have always wanted to build a set of tower speakers for myself. At one time I considered picking up a set of speakers from I found this company to be a good source for audio equipment/components. It may not be high end top dollar stuff, but its good sounding quality product. Hope this is helpful and may give Todd one option for a future speaker cabinet project.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#7 posted 04-09-2013 11:33 AM

Well done – I like those – simple, elegant lines and terrific joinery. The cat has found a favored warm spot – I’d say he enjoys classical music.

-- - The day I stop learning is the day I stop living.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 04-09-2013 03:17 PM

Aaron – thanks, I am starting a file for stereo component sources.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 04-09-2013 03:59 PM

Todd – one of the most popular places for speaker components is Parts-Express. They have everything you need to build speakers or subwoofers.

Great job on your first dovetails!

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#10 posted 04-12-2013 02:10 AM

Cats WILL find the warmest spot! It’s commendable that you accommodated the kitty! Our herd here approves!

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#11 posted 04-12-2013 03:12 AM

Thank guys, I looked at parts-express for parts, but their shipping to Canada was outrageous. I found a Canadian supplier, qcomponents which I ordered from.

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