Well, thanks to Chalugadp I was finally able to get a final design done in sketchup. After putting the panel sizes together I'd determined (see pic a few posts back), none of them fit right, plus the vol was too small.
So I went to the old pad 'n pencil (and calculator) to figure out what dimensions would give me a little over 8cuft. I had a fixed height of 25" since it's just under the height of the couch arm and would make it comfortable to set things on it during it's other use as the end table. The final volume will be roughly 8.4cuft before any bracing so it should work out fine. From there I just built the panels around the volume (I know, I have to change the first inner baffle to the larger diameter circle) and came up with this...
Now I'll just add these cuts into the cut sheet program which should end up making me use 2-3 sheets of wood.
Speaking of...I've been reading some less than stellar reviews on the Baltic birtch plywood selections at HD and Lowes. They mention bubbling and cracking of the veneer. Has anyone run into these issues using BB?
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I frikin hate MDF with the fury of 1,000 armies. I use BB or other good ply for every build. I have never tried veneer but it is on a short list of what I want to try out soon... I usually source my ply from one of the several lumberyards around here and can usually find a nice stock. Ply in general is finicky, but if you find some good product, it opens up some good finishing possibilities.
As soon as we get it moved back to sticky status that is...
yeah, one of the engineers who made my 3d printed "LTD02" feet for my 3 marty subs, turned me onto it, after i showed him a cutsheet i had drawn out. Make sure you spend some time playing with the "optimization" options. It's also slick because when im building, i just print out the cutsheet and keep checking off the panels as i complete them ( saves time by keeping me organized ). it will also label your panels, which is pretty nice.
i actually also just used maxcut to make my cutsheet for the coffee table sub im working on now. you'll see it on here soon enough....4 x 18's!!!
For veneering, you are using a vacuum bag type method dp? I am now starting to look into the process and want to try it on the next fun little bookshelf project I plan on getting going here pretty soon.