Originally Posted by shadyJ
You know what I always thought would be an interesting decor on a sub- some of the kitchen laminates, like the kind you find on kitchen counters. There is a huge variety of them and it is a very durable finish and also easy to clean. They are easy to work with as well. Some of these could make a sub look pretty slick and get away from the usual wood veneers:
Yeah they have some pretty good looking options. We see a little of it used every now and then along with granite or the like for the top. If I were looking for the black piano-gloss look, I might take a look at it considering even the easy piano-gloss method could be considered a bit of a challenge by most. I don’t know if you have noticed but wood veneer as a option is being scaled back to a degree in ID options and not offered at all by many. I could go black on this sub no problem but I’m kind of looking for something that looks a little like a piece of furniture and of course liking to work with wood to a degree. Even with veneering I could have finished this sub in practically in a long day if I had my jig in order. I must have spent an extra three hours messing around that could have been spent building. All I need is two wing nuts and screws to make a decent adjustable jig for the future, I just need to take the time. Anyway as far as esthetics go it all depends on a guys capability, choice, $$ that he wants to put towards it and time. It’s very hard for most of us to get the B&M or ID look but it’s fun to try by some.
Shady>I wouldn't go with a wood finish at all, I would go with a solid color or something cool looking. I agree that a real wood veneer would be better than a fake veneer.
That’s totally your call in DIY. No one to tell you what you should like or a single option or two in what you can go with. With some in DIY it’s all about $$ regardless how much they have. $20 can be a very big deal in what finish he or she decides on. I’ve seen some very good looking builds employing the fake veneer (would like to try it some time) but never have yet.
chal> Plastic wood on my sub instead of real wood ... nope.as for cleaning if you put the right products on your sub it will stay nicely clean as long as you dust weekly
After being married for 25 years and then divorcing, a new duster would be nice.
Maybe I ought to start rugging, but then I would have to vacume my sub.
In the past I have always used MDF to build a sub and this causes a sub to get very heavy fast, especially when a guy double layers! So at 80-100 lbs a sheet of MDF depending on quality, it does get heavy. This sub is going to be much lighter than anticipated with the 3/4 oak ply even though three walls will be double layered with the 1/2 oak ply. I still need to ad a little more bracing and outside layer, but regardless of driver weight and more to do to the enclosure, this is going to turn out to be a light sub imo. If I added the 20 pound SPA it would come in heavier alright but still be manageable as subs go, especially since the size has been cut down with utilizing PR’s.Edited by steve nn - 9/6/13 at 5:10am