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Before I made my digital cross over diagram I made paper cutouts from my son's construction paper.



Once I had the parts laid out for the first board I stacked the blank boards and used the first as a template to drill all of the holes at once.



When it came time to solder the wires I took the paper cutouts and placed them on the underside for reference.

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The crossovers lined up. Man are they pretty.



And the not so pretty.



This is my custom couch speaker baffle. This is where when I first fired them up I heard no sound. Finally I realized that the DVD I was using to test was not playing. When I hit play these suckers lit right up.
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You get a free kid with a purchase of three 1099's?
That's not a very good incentive. You have it backwards. It was three speakers with receipt of kid. Now that, my friend, is a better incentive.
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Rj,
Go in business and assemble them for 25$ a pop plus shipping. Put together a dozen and it pays for one speaker almost.
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Go in business and assemble them for 25$ a pop plus shipping. Put together a dozen and it pays for one speaker almost.
I did actually enjoy assembling them, but I think others have already offered this service that are more capable than I am. If I had more time I would love to learn how to etch actual boards for the circuitry.

How many kits have you put together so far? At some point you really need to focus more on a railing for your deck
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No one has officially offered there services. You start your own thread in classifieds and yur ready to go.

45 orders .
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No one has officially offered there services. You start your own thread in classifieds and yur ready to go.

45 orders .
Wow, I'm actually kind of blown away by that number. Great job! Now you just have to offer a curved assembly kit
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45 orders! I can't believe, guessing that each order is between 1 and 3 speakers, Erich packed up somewhere between 45 and 135 packages and then dropped them off at FedEx. For free!!!! The 1099s are big heavy packages. There's a lot of people jumping into this crazy DIY/AIY audio hobby thanks to Erich's generosity and support.
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No, 45 total subs. Considering I was planning on only 6 to 8 total sub being goal I am happy. My kids can do all the packaging. There is so much value in diy .
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No, 45 total subs. Considering I was planning on only 6 to 8 total sub being goal I am happy. My kids can do all the packaging. There is so much value in diy .
Oh, I thought you were saying there were 45 1099 orders that might be interested in XOs.
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No, 45 total subs. Considering I was planning on only 6 to 8 total sub being goal I am happy. My kids can do all the packaging. There is so much value in diy .
Hmmm, I don't think you understand what DIY stands for if you're having the kids do the packaging.
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Finally getting a break to assemble some boxes.

Dry fit:


Clamped up (how do you like my workbench?):




Getting wire runs ready:
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Good job! You'll be done before I will. I like your build a speaker on top of a speaker approach...very Inception of you
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Good job! You'll be done before I will. I like your build a speaker on top of a speaker approach...very Inception of you
It is a little Inceptionesque isn't it.... If I'm using two speakers as a workbench... how did I build the first two. Frankly I don't remember.
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Any updates Robert? Have you listened to them yet?
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Ugh, no. The cabinets are fully assembled. I am just planning to rattle can them black, so nothing complicated, but I've been finding extra time difficult to come by lately. My wife's been out of town for work, which you would expect to mean that I have plenty of time to wrap this project up, but I'm stuck chasing after our 3-year old son. She will be back tomorrow evening, so hopefully there'll be more time this weekend to do a first round of prime+sand+paint.
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I had originally planned on keeping the cabinets perfectly square, but after running some tests with a couple of rounding bits I settled on a 1/4 round.





I added some shaving cream in the form of spackle to help seal the edges and to fill a couple of nicks. I think it worked well for filling any imperfections, but I found the spackle especially difficult to work with on the round overs. I am not sure that was the best way to go.



Here is the first round of priming. I used Zinsser BIN primer in a rattle can.



Next I'll be sanding with 400 (dry) and then adding at least one more round of primer/sand. I want to make sure that the edges are good and ready before applying the first color coat. Otherwise I will risk the edges soaking up all of the color.

Against my better judgement I am planning on a shiny [black] finish. This will more than likely end up being a problem behind the acoustically transparent screen when I get it, but I am stubborn, and having never done anything like this before I just want to see if I can do it.
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....snip....At some point you really need to focus more on a railing for your deck
I thought the same thing.

My daughter would have already put up a rope swing off of it, if we had a deck like that.
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Spackle works best if you put on a little , use the puddy knife to scrape it off immediately to the shape you want. For curves I leave it thicker but not the beard you have. Then just a little 120grit sandpaper and done. Can sand 20 minutes after applying.
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Ugh, no. The cabinets are fully assembled. I am just planning to rattle can them black, so nothing complicated, but I've been finding extra time difficult to come by lately. My wife's been out of town for work, which you would expect to mean that I have plenty of time to wrap this project up, but I'm stuck chasing after our 3-year old son. She will be back tomorrow evening, so hopefully there'll be more time this weekend to do a first round of prime+sand+paint.
The cabinets look good! Especially the 1/4" round over. I was just reading notnyt's DIY Guide: High Gloss / Piano Black Finish and he has a good tip that you practice on a small piece first. It's fast and you don't run the risk of messing up your cabinets. I don't think you are risking much with trying the gloss finish first. If it doesn't work out, hit it with some sand paper and then go over it with Duratex.

Yeah, my 3.5 year old is back and forth between what she's doing and asking for something every ten/fifteen minutes. I've stopped trying to do anything complex/involved with them around.
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Spackle works best if you put on a little , use the puddy knife to scrape it off immediately to the shape you want. For curves I leave it thicker but not the beard you have. Then just a little 120grit sandpaper and done. Can sand 20 minutes after applying.
Thanks for the tip Donny. I progressively learned to put less on each cabinet on number two and three. I should have taken a picture with a BIC razor. Hopefully I will be an expert by the time I get to my surrounds and Martys.
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The cabinets look good! Especially the 1/4" round over. I was just reading notnyt's DIY Guide: High Gloss / Piano Black Finish and he has a good tip that you practice on a small piece first. It's fast and you don't run the risk of messing up your cabinets. I don't think you are risking much with trying the gloss finish first. If it doesn't work out, hit it with some sand paper and then go over it with Duratex.

Yeah, my 3.5 year old is back and forth between what she's doing and asking for something every ten/fifteen minutes. I've stopped trying to do anything complex/involved with them around.
Thanks Boxozaxu! I think I had read that thread by @notnyt , but I have read so many different instructions that I just tried to synthesize everything together. I will re-read his thread to see what new nuggets I can pull out.
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Looking great. 1/4" round overs look so nice. I've never used it on a speaker, but that looks good. It's such a good radius and appeals to the eyes well. I've used that on a lot of wood working projects around the house. Good choice
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Thanks Ryan. I like sharp clean edges - which is partially why I thought I would leave it without a roundover initially - but the sharp edges were too sharp for my tastes. I felt like the 1/2" was too round and the 1/8" was not noticeable enough. I knew I had made the right choice when I had the first rounded cabinet sitting next to the other two without the roundover.
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Is this the pair TMcG was asking me about ? (you his friend he was wanting to know which speakers to get?)

I told him 1099 via email, just putting two and two together.

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Is this the pair TMcG was asking me about ? (you his friend he was wanting to know which speakers to get?)

I told him 1099 via email, just putting two and two together.
That seems like a loaded question about the "friend" part. I'm not sure he is referring to me, but you can hardly go wrong with the 1099s, other than the fact that you can't currently buy them and they may never be available again
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Erich said they will be available again . Only person 1099 are not for is people who like laid back sound or big bass from mains.
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Erich said they will be available again . Only person 1099 are not for is people who like laid back sound or big bass from mains.
Seeing is believing. The V10s were supposed to be back a while ago, but I think Erich has a huge worklog right now. We shall see.
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Parts of the V-10 crossover have been out of stock for about a month. The crossover boards are getting low as well but more of those have been ordered and should be here in about 10-15 days.
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Parts of the V-10 crossover have been out of stock for about a month. The crossover boards are getting low as well but more of those have been ordered and should be here in about 10-15 days.
The wait is killing me! I check 2-3 times a day to see if they are back yet. They're my last piece to my full 7.2 DIY setup!
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