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post #1 of 18 Old 11-22-2019, 12:33 PM - Thread Starter
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Finally ordered classix II's

Been contemplating this for a year or so and finally said ok, its going to be a winter project. Ordered the baffle only kits from PE and 2 crossover boards off ebay.

My plan is to build some front ported versions. Does the kit come with dimensions? Is the port length the same as the regular cabinet? (I assume so).

Excited to hear them, they will be my living room TV speakers and music, I mainly listen to music more than TV since I dont have cable or internet and I watch movies in my "theater". They will be replacing boston CR8's which will make their way down to the theater for L/R to match my franken-center.

Ill be updating with pictures on here as well. Not sure if I will be doing curved or just square, my dad and I will be working on the cabinets.
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Can't wait for the build to began. I'm sure you'll love them




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My plan is to build some front ported versions. Does the kit come with dimensions? Is the port length the same as the regular cabinet? (I assume so).
Specs are on the PE page: https://www.parts-express.com/classi...only--300-7110

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I hate cable and internet providers with a passion. I am around 2-3 years now without them and dont miss them.

Have you built the classix II's?

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My plan is to build some front ported versions. Does the kit come with dimensions? Is the port length the same as the regular cabinet? (I assume so).
Here's a link to Paul Carmody's Classic II page - https://sites.google.com/site/undefinition/classix-ii

He has dimensions for rear and front ported versions. He says "The two cabinets will perform identically". Slightly different dimensions from the PE cabinet but all probably the same internal volume.

He lists the same port size as PE (1.5" x 4") which "tunes the cabinet to 40Hz for an internal volume of around 15 Liters" (0.53 cu ft.)

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My dad got the panels all cut. Took about an hour to cut and fine tune everything. Home depot had 2 half sheets of 3/4 mdf left, both damaged. Walked out with both for $12...score.

My plan for the front baffle was add a piece to the bottom. Should be fine.

Following those specs.
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Looking for veneers and cant seem to find anything I really like. Walnut or bamboo maybe.

Anyone know of anything different out there?

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There are loads of online suppliers for veneer. One for example: https://www.veneersupplies.com/

A quick Google will turn up many more.

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Thanks, needed more selection than Parts express had.

Really thinking about a super glossy blue dyed veneer for the sides and top, than just black front and back. Maybe piano black on the front. Could look good I think.

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I'm considering doing slot ports,

Port in kit is 1.75x4.25 to get exact.

The slot port would need to be .5x7x5? Or to use 1:8 .5x4x3.25

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Looking for veneers and cant seem to find anything I really like. Walnut or bamboo maybe.

Anyone know of anything different out there?

I'm in the process of building the Classix II's and I veneered mine. I used a maple (matches the furniture) with the 3M backing that I sourced locally and so far, it has turned out pretty well. Going forward I'll probably use that type of veneer on all my MDF projects. You just have to prep the MDF really well beforehand.
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Cool, How far along are yours? I am to the point where we need to cut out out the circle and recess for the front port. Decided not to go slot port. Crossovers should get assembled over the 4 week holiday since the crossover boards showed up.

My plan is slightly different, I assume if I buy veneer with no backing I just use contact cement to bond it?

I will have a fade on mine so I am trying to figure out how to do that as well. Finish will have dyed veneer (color), then fading, Hopefully a piano finish on top of it as well. I plan to spend a few weeks on the finish if needed. Lots of test peices, or hopefully just one! Top, sides, front will all be similar. Finish should be like nothing Ive seen before. I want something Im proud of for once and dont have to fake it lol.

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I tried the contact cement method once and it didn't come out the way that I liked. So far, the 3M sticky back stuff is doing much better and is proving much easier to work with.

I just need to choose my colors on the stain and front baffle then put everything together. I'm doing a painted front with stained sides. I keep waffling between a white front with light sides or a dark gray front with darker stained sides.
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Here's mine veneered and the fronts shellac'd and primed. I kinda liked the natural on white look, but I probably won't finish them like that.
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Has anyone tried using the iron applied veneer?
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Nice, they look good

I still need to cut out my brace but tonight got the ports cut and the rabbit recess. Also went to parts express for some stuff I forgot today

I plan to veneer the fronts but may have to settle for paint. I'm going to get them playing and then see if I want to go nuts on a finish or a simple finish. Apparently I have 2 extra crossover boards so hey, may a classix ii 4.1 system will happen lol.

Going to be something like this drum but different color.

Oh by the way, the harbor freight drill press circle cutter hates mdf. Almost started a fire lol.
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Well that was easy!
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Has anyone tried using the iron applied veneer?
I tried it once with very bad results. Others I know have done it with good results so YMMV.
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