Thanks for the congrats everyone! It's a great time, and everyone is doing great. If anything can pull me away from my probable addiction to speaker building, I'm glad the new baby girl could
Very easily I might add.
I finally managed to get them finished. Well, finished enough to be happy. I was struggling for a little while on the finish--about it not turning out as nice as I had wanted it to. And while I DID want speakers that LOOKED & SOUND nice, my main focus was for them to SOUND nice... and look acceptable
. So, minor imperfections aside, they are complete.
Here's a shot of a finished speaker next to one of my Velodyne speakers, soon to be moved to surround or effects duty.
The shape, color, texture, roundovers and grill match pretty well, with the exception of the parts express grill cloth not being true black
A close-up of the finished tritrix.
My main downfall was not sealing the edges enough. MDF needs to have the EXCREMENT sealed out of it. 5 coats of wood hardener and a few coats of primer were not enough. The textured paint helped a bit. I still have some areas where the porous edges can be seen, but once on stands and set next to my tv stand (soon to be built), it will not be very noticeable.
Here is one other issue I encountered. In a certain light, a striping can be noticed.
This is due to me being to close with the spray can most likely, and the fact that the "2 light coats" recommended by the rustoleum textured paint--and even a 3rd added by me to lessen the striping--were apparently not sufficient to smooth things out. Oh, well you live and you learn. I have too many projects to work on to spend even MORE time working on the finish. So I'll just sit back and enjoy the beautiful sounds