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Old 06-13-2014, 09:28 AM - Thread Starter
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Special Dark NHT VR3s

This is not a build thread, I'm just finally finishing the last pair of VR3 cabinets I built many moons ago.

Note: The VR3 parts are no longer available.

History:
When I found some veneer bubbles in the front baffles, I set them aside and got side-tracked onto other projects.

I picked them up again during the curved Anarchy/Dayton build, but I was disappointed in the appearance of the bubble repairs I had done, so I set them aside again.

I recently picked them up again and decided to paint the front baffles black. I kind of wanted to see how they would look with a black front baffle anyway.

So, let's finish these bad boys already!

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Old 06-13-2014, 09:40 AM - Thread Starter
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Dry sanded with P800. Not reflective yet.




Next, I will dry sand with P1200, P2500 and P4000.




After dry sanding with P4000, it is pretty reflective already.
I haven't polished yet. Again, the bottle of polish is just to show the reflectiveness of the cabinet so far. I think we can clean this mirror a bit.


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Rubbing Compound, Polishing Compound, Swirl Remover then Wax.










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Now, on to the stands. I'll show completed photos after I get the stands done.
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very nice, what product did you use for the clear coat?
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Wow, PassingInterest! If I have millions of dollars laying around, I would fly you to Upstate NY will all of your paint and finishing supplies and pay you to finish all of my speakers.
Gorgeous!
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:19 AM - Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys! You're very kind.
This is what I used for the clearcoat.

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Excellent restoration. Very impressive. Ken Kantor would be proud.

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as said before.....WOW.

what a nice finish!

Looks like a beautiful day in Dallas too, btw: )
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Thanks, Doc!
I just finished mowing and weed-eating.
Now, on to the stands.
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Kevin, you slipped in on me while I was typing.
Thank you very kindly, sir.
It is a pretty nice 85 degrees F right now.
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I captured a footprint by tracing around the cabinet and made the top template in this photo.
I then wanted a matching template which is 1.5" larger along each edge for a 3" diameter increase in both the x and y dimensions.
That was easy to cut on the table saw, then to enlarge the curved corners in proportion, I used a 3" diameter cutout to trace the rounded corners.




This oak is cupped




Here's the solution--rip them down the center...




You can already see far less cupping.



Joint the faces.




Then the edges.




Ready to put them back together.



And put those clamps to use.

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Template route.








Route an edge profile.




1/4" radius roundover.




I'm out of time today.

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Excellent restoration. Very impressive. Ken Kantor would be proud.
That's no restoration, Sir PassingInterest built those cabinets from scratch.


I can't believe we've seen another glimpse of the homemade speaker hanging contraption. And of course the Yoda T100 that he always slips in to brag about.
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I need to rebuild the finishing stands, so they are collapsible and can hang on the wall when not in use.

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Is that your stand for spraying? Can you show a full picture of it?

Thanks!
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For the finishing stands, I tried two different approaches, beginning with the slanted one. I later made a simpler straight one.

Here are a few shots.














And the mounts.

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I wonder what magic pi can do with the seos. That would be incredible.
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Those look absolutely gorgeous!

Can you explain which boards were ran through the wood jointer? What is the purpose of a wood jointer? Is it for making doors and other things were you have to cut grooves in two pieces of wood in order to mate them together with a stronger joint as opposed to using a but joint?

Also, what is the point in having both a wood jointer and a router table as the router table can also do wood jointing too, right?

As soon as Harbor Freight sends me another 20% or 40% off coupon then I am going to purchase a nice router table or possibly the wood jointer. Their router table retails for $199 and the wood jointer retails for $399 but, they have a floor model wood jointer for $280 that I might pick up! I want to start making a new set of kitchen cabinets and more specifically, doors, as well as other general "house" stuff such as bookcases and TV cabinets, raised panel wainscoting and so on... !
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Marty, here is a good article on jointers vs. planers, which should help.
Yes, you can edge joint on a router table, but you are limited by the length of the bit. Just something to consider for future growth. By the way, you saw the only two boards that I needed to joint in the thread.

I admire your enthusiasm. My experience has been that the more involved you get with woodworking, the more important it becomes to have the right tools to get professional looking results. Once you get started, you might not stop until your entire house has been customized!

If you'd like, I could send you a PM with a link to my Den Project.
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I used this to strengthen and seal the raw MDF edges.

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Then spray a couple of coats of de-waxed shellac.
Yes, that is the uber-affordable Harbor Freight gun. I still use it. I changed out the cup, just because I grabbed the wrong one, so it looks a little different.

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I used to joint edges with my router until I bought a real jointer. It actually leaves a nicer edge but dulls expensive bits and limits you to about 4/4 thickness. I'd buy a planer before a jointer though.

PI, let us know how the MDF edge sealant works! Ever used glue and water?
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Tux, I wish I had your mad design skills.

I have not used glue sizing to seal MDF edges, but I know a lot of guys have gotten good results that way.

The Wood Hardener works, but I use it only because I still have some on hand. Otherwise, I would just spray de-waxed shellac to seal the MDF edges. Or brush or roll it. Still, the Hardener does strengthen the sculpted MDF edges.
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Thanks for the pics of the stands. I appreciate it. One more question, how do the mounts attach to the speaker? I assume you insert the pipe through the binding post hole in the back of the speaker and then put one mount board on each side of a brace inside the cabinet and screw them together to hold it in place?

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In this case, the mounts are held in place by spreading pressure.
I ground the points off the screws, so when I tighten them, they provide spreading pressure inside the cabinet.
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