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This was my first stab at DIY speakers and the results were far better than I ever expected. The design was a 2 way massive bookshelfs that weighs in at just under 60lbs apiece. The finish chosen was a high gloss South African Zebrawood. The cabinets were sealed with seperation between the components. I have to say that the project went without one hitch (how often does that happen?). A little wiring, soldering and speaker stand manipulation and I have a new set of fronts.










 

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Simply beautiful! Great work!



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Wow! The finish is incredible. I'm going to guess you are an experienced woodworker. Do you mind posting what process you did for the high gloss finish? I just finished a pair using gloss poly that look good, but not that good. Also, what design did you build?
 

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Incredible. What stain did you use to make them so dark? And how did you get such a glossy finish?
 

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damn...that woodwork is off the charts! to be honest, i'm not a fan of the design, but again, your finishing skills are the delio. could you post a a diy step-by-step for the finish?
 

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double damn...i can't stop going back. you may have among the top 3 best finished diy speakers that i have ever seen. details...details...please (veneer source and choice, glue, stain, number and type of clear coats, rubbing out process, etc.)
 

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Outstanding work.... One post and with a bang....


Maybe you can introduce yourself......
 

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I think he's gone already. Hope not, would like to see some details.
 

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I'm gonna' have to echo the general consensus in this thread. The finish on those beauties is quite simply "the dog's danglies". I've just recently gotten into DIY audio/speaker/sub building in a more focused manner, and have come to really appreciate a job so well done as that. Well done sir!


*Standing ovation*
 

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Wow, very nice job on the finish!
 

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Originally Posted by Kanaris /forum/post/18313314


Outstanding work.... One post and with a bang....


Maybe you can introduce yourself......

So nice to get this many responses to the speakers. It was a project that started out as simple bookshelves that were going to go in my office. One thing led to another and I was designing a bigger speaker that houses SEAS components that would shake the office walls. The speakers sounded so good in the end that I decided to switch out my NHT's in the theater room in favor of these. The detail and image at high watts is just astounding. I don't make it a habit of testing different speakers at High End Specialists, but I would pit these against any sub $2K bookshelf speaker out there.


THE FINISH: Some are going to be rather dissapointed by the fact that these are not actually wood speakers. I had full intentions on building with wood, but I fell in love with this finish Wilsonart calls "Madagascar". The finish is actually a high gloss zebrawood laminate. Its thin and hard to work with, but the results are incredible if done right. First and foremost you have to have a solid cabinet to work with. The cabinets were done with 1inch MDF, sanded, primed and coated with laminate glue. Once the laminate is layed, you can router and file your edges. The seams on these are absolutly flawless. When something turns out this good, its all worth while. I hope this dosn't disappoint the DIY'ers who were planning on a new and improved way to finish wood speakers.


Thanks again for all the compliments. The theater in general has been a labor of love, but these speakers are the icing on the cake.


I'll post some more images later.
 

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Beautiful indeed!


I wouldn't call using laminate cheating, I've been pondering using some of the newly reintroduced prefinished cork based surfacing materials myself on a new project I have in mind!
 

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Ah, that's the trick then. No one will be disappointed, probably the opposite. It's another option that many people didn't know existed. A nice durable laminate that looks as good as that it a great option on subwoofers too.
 

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Very clever! Surely no one will disappointed around here. Nice work!
 
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