In the past month or so I spent a while trying to learn the art of hand veneering - hot hide glue and a veneer hammer. I thought this might be a better approach than constantly buying more and more clamps and producing elaborate clamping configurations for cold-press veneering.
Well.... it's not quite as easy as i expected. The technique definitely has it's advantages, but I'm not particularly good at it. I finally had to put my skills to the test and try to finish up this sub because i was sick of looking at bare MDF.
I covered the box with oak but tried to use something nicer on the baffle. The veneer was part of a sample pack so i'm not actually sure what it was - might have been some sort of maple. In any case, the baffle did not come out very good. Luckily my plan was to cover it all with a grill anyway. Attached are some pics of the result after staining to match my livingroom furniture. The stain actually hid some stuff, which was nice. I'm not thrilled with the results, but i can live with it.
I haven't sealed the box yet - i have shellack and some (oil based?) lacquer but i'm not sure i'm going to bother. Both (especially the lacquer) stink and keeping the work piece in the garage during these cold months has my wife was giving me hell about it. Can anyone comment on what will happen over time if i don't seal? Aside from missing some protection against nicks and scrapes... what i can i expect? Color fading? Veneer peeling? Stuff like that? How long before those effects kick in?
My half-assed-ness is partially due to the fact that my wife objects to bass in the livingroom. That was a big surprise to me. As soon as i turn the sub up enough to hear it, she says it's too loud. What a bummer. So as a result, this sub may actually get banished to a secondary tv-watching room where i will rarely see or hear it.