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I removed a slight bow when I installed the braces in this cabinet.

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Next, I'll use some hot melt glue to prevent buzzing and rattling.




I made sure that I can remove the crossover boards from the cabinets after they are sealed up. But, for the sake of convenience, I am installing them now.




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I like the giant jug of titebond. A jug like that demands respect. Your skills are the proof!
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Automotive body putty to smooth the surface.




Checking the newly made template for appearance. I like the smooth, flowing, graceful curves.

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Your threads always make me want to move to South Dallas.....
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Beautiful work so far.... wow......


I cant wait to see the final results!
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Really nice woodwork! Maybe I missed it but what type of plywood dos you use? Thanks


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Awesome work as usual PI!
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Really nice woodwork! Maybe I missed it but what type of plywood dos you use? Thanks


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Thanks, guys! I used Arauco Plywood from Home Depot for all the sides and back of the cabinets. I used a bendable plywood for the front baffles. This is some stuff I picked up at a local discount store a couple of years back. Sorry, but I don't know the product name. I'm not sure the store still carries it. But you can look up Bendable Plywood online and see what you can find, if that helps any. Bendable plywood has all the grain running in the same direction.

If bendable plywood is hard to find, you can experiment with 1/4" MDF. I would have tried it on this project, but I had some bendable plywood on hand still. Or, you can do Kerf-Bending (Look it up online, if you're not familiar). I said this for the benefit of anyone who might be following this thread.
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African Mahogany panel glue-up.




I just love these "personalized" clamps of mine.

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Have you tried the kerfing method on plywood? Seems like it would be hard to sand out the ridges it creates without sanding through the plys.


Looks great as usual.


One day I'm going to have to breakdown and order the Mite-R-Slide. Every time you post a project, I see it and tell myself that, but Jessem sure does think a lot of it.
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Thanks, guys! I used Arauco Plywood from Home Depot for all the sides and back of the cabinets. I used a bendable plywood for the front baffles.

Thanks! I've see it there and liked it, really nice uniform grain, will check it out.
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Thanks, guys! I used Arauco Plywood from Home Depot for all the sides and back of the cabinets. I used a bendable plywood for the front baffles. This is some stuff I picked up at a local discount store a couple of years back. Sorry, but I don't know the product name. I'm not sure the store still carries it. But you can look up Bendable Plywood online and see what you can find, if that helps any. Bendable plywood has all the grain running in the same direction.

If bendable plywood is hard to find, you can experiment with 1/4" MDF. I would have tried it on this project, but I had some bendable plywood on hand still. Or, you can do Kerf-Bending (Look it up online, if you're not familiar). I said this for the benefit of anyone who might be following this thread.
I was going through this thread and looking at the pics and I swear to God I thought of you but couldn't remember you ''nick"... then I looked and it was you! Wow nice work always different than everyone else.. so elegant...
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Have you tried the kerfing method on plywood? Seems like it would be hard to sand out the ridges it creates without sanding through the plys.


Looks great as usual.


One day I'm going to have to breakdown and order the Mite-R-Slide. Every time you post a project, I see it and tell myself that, but Jessem sure does think a lot of it.
I honestly have not yet done the kerfing method on plywood yet, but I have seen builds done that way that turned out great. I don't know if they sanded through and filled with putty or not.

Thanks for the kind words!

Keep checking JessemDirect Factory Specials online. That is how I was able to afford the Jessem parts that I got.
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Checking the Mahogany panels. They are ready for a finish.




Spray/Sand/Spray/Sand until the grain is filled and the surface is smooth. I'm spraying Minwax Oil Modified Water Based Polyurethane.




The Mahogany Panels are looking good so far.




Now for the cabinet Bases, also Mahogany.




Mini-Pucks.




Feet.

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How are you fixing the Mahogany panels to the sides? Are you allowing for expansion and contraction?
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How are you fixing the Mahogany panels to the sides? Are you allowing for expansion and contraction?

The 1/2 inch thick Mahogany panels will be glued to the 3/4" Arauco plywood substrate, which in turn is further strengthened by the cabinets internal braces. I don't anticipate much wood movement or any bowing. I guess the question becomes, "If thin wood veneer is stable when glued to a stable substrate, at what thickness will the wood veneer become unstable with changes in moisture?" I don't know the answer to that.

Since this is not the first time I've glued wood panels to speaker cabinets, I don't anticipate a wood movement issue. If it does happen, I will let you fine folks know that this approach is or can be problematic.
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Since this is not the first time I've glued wood panels to speaker cabinets, I don't anticipate a wood movement issue. If it does happen, I will let you fine folks know that this approach is or can be problematic.


If you do a good thick layer of glue and clamp well no way you'll ever have an issue. Plus most woods expand and contract at the same rate, typically only see issues when the wood hasn't been properly dried before cutting.

Great craftsmanship, fun to see it progress!
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Spray a few coats of clear and sand until I get them smooth.




Crystalac Black gloss. It does not look glossy, because the in-gun filter got clogged up a bit, so I had too much air for the amount of liquid that was flowing through the gun. I corrected the problem before the second coat. I poured the paint back into the can, cleaned the gun and filter, then strained the paint through a paper cone paint filter as I poured it into the gun's cup.




Feet and mini-pucks.




I don't normally do sneak-previews, but I wanted to see how well the reality matched my imaginings. Things are not fastened yet, just set there for a look. I like it.






Color change. I mixed some Trans Tint Brown Mahogany into some Minwax Oil Modified Water Based Polyurethane. I have in the past, had strange clumping sometimes when I mix these and sometimes not. I always use a paper cone paint filter when I pour the mix into the gun. This time, I had no clumping or stringing. I wonder if it is temperature related? I haven't figured it out yet. Anyway, I sprayed a Tint Coat.




The tint coat really makes the beauty of the wood shine!

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Fantastic work, absolutely fantastic.
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P800, P1000, P2000, P4000, Meguiars Ultimate Compound, Meguiars NXT wax.
At this point, I have sanded with P800 and didn't think to dust it off for the photo.




Polished and waxed.

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P800, P1000, P2000, P4000, Meguiars Ultimate Compound, Meguiars NXT wax.
At this point, I have sanded with P800 and didn't think to dust it off for the photo.




Polished and waxed.

I think it's almost cliche from the amount of times it has been said by everyone, but I'm constantly amazed and love seeing your inspiring work PI. Bravo, can't wait to see the finished product!

Are you planning on finishing the second bunker buster sub after this project?
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Wow what a build! Curved cabinets, exotic wood and a great finish. Great job on these there really nice I can only imagine how there going to sound.
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I think it's almost cliche from the amount of times it has been said by everyone, but I'm constantly amazed and love seeing your inspiring work PI. Bravo, can't wait to see the finished product!

Are you planning on finishing the second bunker buster sub after this project?

I want to try to squeeze in some work on the second Bunker Buster sub soon, but it is not a priority. I hate making it wait, but the sheetrock in my house is already begging for mercy with just one Bunker Buster!
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Thanks for the kind words, guys!
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I think every time someone asks about why high end speakers cost so much, we should show them @PassingInterest work. I mean come on man someone wants to get paid for such quality. Thanks for keeping us dreaming!

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Those look fantastic! I'm still really enjoying mine and really look forward to your listening impressions.
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Wow, you went past speakers sir. These are works of art!
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