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Jk’s htm-8, mbm-12 towers

Cough cough. I sanded these boxes. It took about an hour per box. But they are perfect. The veneer is gonna lay real flat.

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Cough cough. I sanded these boxes.
Never any fun...

Way back during my days at a cabinet shop we wore respirator masks when working with MDF. I had forgotten how much "fun" it was until I started building subs. No more for me, will be using BB plywood whenever possible from now on and if I have no other choice all work with MDF will be outside, with a respirator.

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Way back during my days at a cabinet shop we wore respirator masks when working with MDF. I had forgotten how much "fun" it was until I started building subs. No more for me, will be using BB plywood whenever possible from now on and if I have no other choice all work with MDF will be outside, with a respirator.



Be safe man.


Thanks I will be. This is why I never sanded any of my subs that are behind my screen. It sucks too much. But I’m happy with how these turned out. I had my flush trim bit on hand for the areas it would help. And 20 pieces of 60 grit. No mask though. I had saw dust all in my hair and coming out of my nose. Bad idea to let that happen. But I did wear ear plugs!
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For ~2 hours. You have much better lungs than I.
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Vacuum attachment for the router and orbital sander is a game changer. Not only does it save your lungs but you also don't get the fine dust that settles on every surface of the shop afterwards.
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Vacuum attachment for the router and orbital sander is a game changer. Not only does it save your lungs but you also don't get the fine dust that settles on every surface of the shop afterwards.


Thanks Matt. I’ve been using the vac attachment for my router for the circle jig. It does result in no mess anywhere. I’ve never used it on my palm sander. I’ll try it. I have the tool for punching holes into the sandpaper so the vac can suck in the dust.
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Nice update Jk. I hope your veneering goes better than mine did! I bet you're excited to get them finished and start using them. I know I can't wait for mine to be done.
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Nice update Jk. I hope your veneering goes better than mine did! I bet you're excited to get them finished and start using them. I know I can't wait for mine to be done.


Yeah I’m an old pro at veneer now. I almost did the ht-8’s with my eyes closed. Lol. I can’t wait to get these going. I think they’re gonna rock.
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Thought this was fun. These are the htm-8 and ht-8 drivers next to each other.
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I’m ready for veneer. I’ve never done a baffle before with driver cutouts. But I hope it will all work out. I have a shallow flush trim bit that should ride the shallow cutout recesses and hopefully not ruin my cabs!
This one was suggested to me a while back.
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They’re just sitting, waiting for me to have time. I hate waiting. This weekend for sure.
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Nice progress. The waiting definitely is frustrating. That's where I'm at .... waiting for more walnut veneer and time to finish my project.




Get the big black scotch ready and finish those things this weekend!
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I’m trying to find the motivation to keep going today. It’s hot and muggy in the garage. I only have the bottoms and backs done. Speakon recesses are done too.
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Looking Good. Just grab an extra fan and a cold drink.
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I took a break and kept at it. The baffles will get veneered tomorrow. I’m running out of steam after 6 hours of this.
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Veneer on the bottom of the speakers too. Pro job there Jared!

I just poly the bottoms these days, must be getting old...
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Veneer on the bottom of the speakers too. Pro job there Jared!



I just poly the bottoms these days, must be getting old...


Honestly I just find it easier to veneer the bottoms and backs then rolling duratex. It looks better too, in my opinion.
Man I hope my fancy router bit does the job on the shallow woofer recesses on the baffles. Of course, I’m not gonna do a test piece like I should. It will work. I just need patience and the right speed on the router.
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Jk’s htm-8, mbm-12 towers

I’m running out of ways I can screw up these speakers! Man that shallow bit was amazing. It was so sharp, not one micron of veneer chipped away, it cut like a hot knife through warm butter. I’m really getting excited about these speakers! Especially now that some of the worry is going away.
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I’m running out of ways I can screw up these speakers! Man that shallow bit was amazing. It was so sharp, not one micron of veneer chipped away, it cut like a hot knife through warm butter. I’m really getting excited about these speakers! Especially now that some of the worry is going away.
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Wow! Those turned out AMAZING! Great work on the design and execution.I wish I had the guts to try to veneer the baffles on my 893's.Actually the veneer part would be easy.I'd mess up the cutouts for sure!

Again.....AWESOME Work on your speakers!
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Wow! Those turned out AMAZING! Great work on the design and execution.I wish I had the guts to try to veneer the baffles on my 893's.Actually the veneer part would be easy.I'd mess up the cutouts for sure!



Again.....AWESOME Work on your speakers!


Thanks man. Don’t doubt yourself. I keep saying to myself that we only live once, ya know? So I’m gonna build what ever speakers I want. Luckily my wife likes good sound too, so she’s always onboard.
If you want to veneer your 893 baffles, I strongly encourage it. I just used a regular flush trim bit for the inner circles, and the shallow bit for the recess. It worked so well I couldn’t believe it. I have faith in you! Do it!
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For example, I found out yesterday that my self leveling laser level isn't actually quite level. Thankfully I found that out before I put up the chair rail on the wall.


lol you’re one of those guys? Honestly I don’t want any challenges. But thanks for the offer!
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Wow! Those turned out AMAZING! Great work on the design and execution.I wish I had the guts to try to veneer the baffles on my 893's.Actually the veneer part would be easy.I'd mess up the cutouts for sure!

Again.....AWESOME Work on your speakers!
I don't know what Jk is using, but a modest investment in a laminate trimmer is well worth it if you anticipate using it for multiple builds/other things around the house. I have 3 such as this (much older model and from various manufacturers), wouldn't trade them for anything. Easily my most used routers, extremely versatile.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Makita-6...701C/204247210

And these bits:

https://www.amazon.com/Freud-Solid-C.../dp/B00004T7JS

https://www.amazon.com/Freud-Solid-C...S3B0HZA8VYC5BZ

(plus the one Jared linked to earlier in this thread, for tight depth areas)

In short, with the right tools the process of veneering/laminating is very easy. Just takes a little practice.
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Jared those look really nice! Can’t wait to see them stained



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Jared those look really nice! Can’t wait to see them stained


Thanks mike. And as always, thanks for helping with my design!
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