The finish is MINWAX Ebony stain, it's the first time i've tried it, the glue lines are a PITA, and somehow I left my Dad's place without the 320 grit sandpaper. This is olny 180 it looks ok but you can still make out the pattern of the DA sander. Oh well, it's gonna get another coat of stain, and then a clear satin topcoat. What do you think of the V groove, I'm thinking I like it alot, another first for me.
Looks pretty decent, Dan! I'm sure it will look even slicker when you do another pass with some sandpaper. The small grain stuff. I think that is about the shade I will shoot for when I get them all glued together. Not sure yet. Anything I can apply with a roller is cool with me.
How did you cut the "V"? Was that all router work?
The holes are based on the inside and outside diameter of the port tube, normally I would cut the rings and attach them to the inside of the box then apply adhesive to the tube and a lil more on the rings, then insert and align the port tube, let the adhesive setup, then drill a hole in the box where the port hole is supposed to be and use a flush trim bit in the router to finish cutting the hole for the port tube. this method conceals the edge of the tubing and makes for a clean looking install.
That is a good idea! I wasn't sure how close it would be on the outside for flush mounting but that sounds neater. CAVEAT: With this approach, how will I ever change the port if I am not happy with the preliminary tune?
It was a feature I was planning for since day one. There is a chance I may not be happy with the output between 13-25hz area so I may cut the tube down for a higher tune. Most likely, I will not. If the room gain is as or close to the sims you posted....then, well....Looking to tune it @ 11hz ever since you posted the first one that had the "shelf" it it. Looks like a 35 inch tube for that, if I am not mistaken. Get back to me on that one. I will go with your idea most certainly.
NO HANDLES, just roll up a decent towel and one guy on each side grabs an end as close to the box as possible, it's like a big rope. This thing should not be thought of as portable, handles will make your friends think it's portable, it's in your best interst to make it a massive PITA to move. MDF scratches and cracks easily when there's approximately 240lbs of static weight involved.
Gotcha. No-go on the handles. I really thought they would be an eyesore but I really wanted to installation to go smoothly...
With the first box already in the corner all you need are a 2' square chunk or some 2" wide strips of MDF on top of the box that is already in place, once you've got the box on top of those you can slide it almost into place before you lift the front of the box and remove the MDF peice/s
Just pick up a regular furniture dolly for moving your boxes into the house. They are like $20 & small, which is good. Wait until you get the box into the livingroom and then mount the woofer, but do it with the box facing up, you'll be much less likely to crossthread a screw.
I guess I should have explained my "dolly idea" a little better...
I wanted to have a permanent dolly under the both of them to ease placement and removing it when necessary. I envisioned a dolly that I would sit the first one on in the middle of the room. Friends and I pick up (with much effort, I imagine...) the second and stack it on top of the other which is already on the dolly. Since we are all in the middle of the room there should be plenty more leverage (no-no on the handles...) and I really
don't want to hit the corner of the wall with one of these.
It will makes things SOOOOOO much easier on all of us if I could just push the two of the them on wheels into the corner instead of trying to lift one of them from only one side and try and get it on there safely and without injuring the woofer... I just sense danger even attempting that. My friends can be a little....erm....clumsy.
If this all sounds like crazy nonsense then please, let me know. I really think the dolly idea would work. Just a little extra MDF is needed. And some good castors. I saw some that were supposedly rated @ >300lbs per wheel. Four of those should more than cover the weight of two of these, right?
Don't forget the binding post or speakons
Oh right! Almost forgot....
I was just thinking of getting these
for each cab. Sound okay? My problem is that I have no idea where I want the binding posts to go. It would be kinda nice to have a perfectly clean back but then I'd really prefer the cables to be back there. Hidden. I could stomach to have them on the sides, close to the driver. Pretty sure I'd hear something from my dad about how the cables would "hang" off the side running down to the amp. Idk. Not happened yet but its sounds like something he'd complain about. But who am I to say anything, right? I mean, he's gonna put up with this? Haha! I love em'.
Bet you've been having dreams like this, LOL
Haha! Yes, actually! My friends and I are always shaking our heads at how big these things are really going to be. We were looking at the cuts for the sides. OMG.
All in good fun, though...
What's the status on the router?
Nothing new. We have a pretty decent router to use. Some Craftsman professional router. The guide on the circle jig we picked up at lowes has no reference at all as to cut size. You have to measure it on the bottom, tip to tip and guess if its correct. And the smallest hole it can cut is about ~10 inches.
Haven't had any time or material to really practice with it. Tomorrow is my half-day so I'll see what can be accomplished in the day. Dunno if I should just go out and buy that jig from PE. I'd have to wait a good week for it but accurate, easy cutting is a wonder for me. The low-skilled woodworker that I am.
Enough typing...effin' late....it's about bedtime.