Esteemed DIY brethren, I finally finished my most recent project, and I wanted to share it with you.
Before I tell you about the new sub though there are 2 people I have to say thanks to….
Asarose 24/7 – You’re my DIY sensei
You showed me the ropes by helping me with my first Marty Cube and Full size Vertical Marty, and I don’t think I would have been able to make something like this coffee table without the confidence I developed working with you. Now, when I ever I see on newb on the forums asking for help, I always try and give it, so that I can pay it forward, and help them like you did for me.
LTD02- You helped me design the coffee table, after I sent you in a drawing looking like it was made by a third grader. Big thanks coming your way! I do think you’ll get a kick out of seeing what our conversations resulted in/led to.
So my current setup is pictured here. For bass duty, the setup consist of 2 marty cubes and a full size vertical marty in the corner. Im also running a minidsp so that I can just eq at one spot, instead of using the dsp built into each of the inukes. The only feature Im using in the Inuke dsp is the limiter, with every sub set to 1100 watts. And, if you’re wondering how I got that sweet black paint job on my inukes….thats the handy work of forum member, Cessna1466u, his thread is here/thx again Dave!
Current Setup pics ( these are older pics taken before i sold the qsc, in order to buy a 2nd inuke:
So anyhow, The last few months have been awesome with the 3 martys, but I started getting the itch to makes something new. I also had a null at about 65hz or so, but I knew that adding a new sub right in front of the couch would help eliminate it, because forum members Sanjay and Duc135 came over and we did some measuring with a spare sub that Duc had. Thx again fellas.
I thought a coffee table might be kind of fun to try and I was especially fired up to go for it, after seeing this awesome ottoman build by pgwalsh:
So I sketched up this killer little rendering of a coffee table sub on a post it note and sent it to the subwoofer high priest ( LTD02 ) and asked him for some help modeling an enclosure around an 18 inch driver I had….the Blueprint 1803. It’s an old school 18, but was one of the top dogs a while back, during the days of the adire brahma, the avalanche, and the maelstrom. It was the first 18 I ever owned, so it also has special value to me for that reason.
So onto the build…..
Picked up the wood… not the most exciting pic, but its here because every journey begins with a first step:
Pic of my highly advanced wood shop:
Sides of the coffee table now complete:
Picked up this killer little pancake compressor and nail gun on sale at harbor freight for less than 75 bucks for everything. It worked perfect throughout the whole build, and never jammed once. It was also a HUGE time saver!
Kept gluing panels together ( titebond ) and nailing, and we now have a box:
The beginnings of a little port action:
Slot Ports now done:
The cut sheet I made using Maxcut ( killer free software for cutsheet making. It will also optimize your panels so you can get the most out of each 4 x 8 panel ). I shared this with Popalock in another thread and he loved it, so if it gets his blessing it’s probably worth checking out. For those that don’t know (he’s the owner of one of the AVS mega systems ).
Test fitting the BP1803 on the double baffle:
Baffle mounted and all edges rounded over ( ¼ round over utilized ):
BP1803 taking a break, on top of a marty/si18:
Stopped messing around with the sub for a bit, so I could take my wife out to dinner at Orange hills for our 4 year wedding anniversary….here’s the killer view, from our table:
Popped the driver in for no other reason than to see how it looked
Also in this picture you can some spackle I used to smooth over grainy areas. The pencil lines that you can also see in this picture are where I will be routing out, so that I can add a tile border (1 inch glass mosaic) in order to dress up a bit. I wanted to do something a little more elaborate this time because I felt like I needed to prove to myself that I was now more capable of making something besides a duratexed, black box, since id already been there/done that.
Tile shopping on Lowes.com….Here’s the glass mosaic I choose. I thought this would look nice contrasting against black duratex. Not gonna lie though, I was a little unsure of how the tile would turn out since I have never tiled anything, but caution be dammed in the spirit of DIY!:
In order to protect the driver I planned on mounting a piece of glass above it using these sharp looking brushed aluminum standoffs I found. My plan was to mount a stand off in each corner of the top of the table. The glass itself will be 34 x 34 x 3/8 inch thick. Dime radius corners ( equivalent to about ¼ inch round over ) with a polished edge. The glass shop will also drill ¼ inch holes for the standoffs….
Router setup so I can start getting rid of the wood where the tile will be inset. Router depth set to 3/8 inch to match the height of the tile:
First pass with the router done:
Started test fitting some tile:
Duratex 1st coat done:
Driver dropped in just for kicks, and positioned standoffs. Grouting is still needed though:
Began grouting while blasting some POWERWOLF from the garage speakers. Give them a listen if you’re a Metallica or avenged sevenfold fan!: Also, I seriously did not know what the hell I was doing, but I followed the directions on the bag of grout and watched a few youtube videos, and I ended up very pleased with the results which you’ll see further down. Also, in the grout was an elastomeric additive I bought at the tile store which is suppose to help prevent the grout from cracking:
Wiping off excess grout:
Here’s how she’s looking now that the grout is dry:
ps- you may have noticed the other enclosure in the back. Thats' going to be a sealed 18 Im helping a friend of mine build.
Close-ups of the grout and tile. Check out the different colors and patterns in the glass tile….SO SEXY : ) !