Wow it has really taken a long time to get back on the wagon.
I had a lot of trouble working on finishing these. I chose a walnut veneer, a dark stain, satin poly and a cream-colored semi-gloss baffle accent. Things went marvelously until I tried to hand paint the baffles. I wasn't able to lay enough paint down to build up a foundation to sand, so I was stuck with either visible brush strokes or bare wood on the edges. I ended up sanding off layers upon layers of paint (and my ego) with an orbital sander.
I called up a local cabinet maker who confirmed I'd never get the results I wanted with a brush, and offered to spray them for $30 a piece with a layer of poly on the rest for a smooth finish. Should have done that months ago and I probably wouldn't have stalled out. Looks much more even now.
Anyway, here they are now almost ready for the speakers to go in. I used denim stuffing. Turns out the paint prevents the woofers from sitting down properly so I'm going to use a dremel to sand out a little more on the inner wall. I also used a brushed aluminum terminal plate from parts express, but I had to swap out the binding posts you see in the picture for some extra long ones (2.25") due to the clearances.
I'm happy with how they turned out. I like to think that the imperfections, probably only seen by me scrutinizing them up close, are just what makes them handmade and adds to their value
Lastly, if someone can sanity check my jungle of wires before I button them up in the box, I would much appreciate it!!! I hooked it up and it sounds reasonable (missing some midbass I think because I can't actually seal up the woofers yet) but I don't know enough to be sure and haven't any measuring devices.
I'm excited again! Sometimes you just need to push yourself to finish when you get discouraged and letting a professional help out isn't the end of the world when it comes to DIY.