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I am finishing up the planning stages of building this speaker. I have a friend to help me with the x-over, Originally I thought about having someone build me a cabinet, but then thought I would look into what it would take to finish it myself. Still might have someone cut everything for me.


I want a rosewood finish in a dark red color. Take a look at the speaker picture i attached. I really dig the one on the left(the only rosewood one). I love how you can see the grain flow. I just would like it in a deeper red, Yeah I know...I am a novice and this is something that takes a master woodworker, but I am a patient person and this what I want to shoot for.


I have looked around online and these are the 3 big questions I have.


Is it best to build out of MDF and then use a rosewood veneer?

Or, should I just build this speaker our of rosewood 100%?

If veneer, does anyone have any recommendations where to buy it?





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no one?

i am searching around on the net and it doesn't seem as easy to find rosewood veneer as I thought it would be. Should I be looking for Rosewood plywood?


I need about 11 sq feet to cover these speakers. Maybe it is easier to make it all out of rosewood?
 

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I'm definitely no expert wood worker, but you can always stain veneer to get the color you want. Find a veneer with the grain pattern you want that isnt already darker then you want, and then stain it rosewood. The speaker in my avatar was built with pine, and stained to mahogany. I think it turned out pretty decent for my first time ever trying a wood finish.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2217&site=ROCKLER
 

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I'm far from an expert woodworker, but I've heard it said several times that solid hardwood is a problematic material to use for speaker boxes - solid wood tends to expand and contract in a single dimension with changes in temperature and humidity, and over time may break glue joints in a mostly sealed box. Plywood mitigates this by aligning the grains of the different plys in different directions, and mdf doesn't do much of this at all being a manufactured composite material.
 

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Originally Posted by benclement11  /t/1421055/diy-mark-k-er18-dxt-build#post_22234773


no one?

i am searching around on the net and it doesn't seem as easy to find rosewood veneer as I thought it would be. Should I be looking for Rosewood plywood?

I need about 11 sq feet to cover these speakers. Maybe it is easier to make it all out of rosewood?

This place has nine different rosewood veneers.

http://www.oakwoodveneer.com/samples/samples6.html


I have not used them so I am not sure of their quality.
 

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So it sounds like I will be going the MDF with veneer route. Thanks for the advice guys. Also, thanks for the link I did find that one. I found all of the top google searches. I'm just surprised it's not something you can get from a major, well known company.
 

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Originally Posted by BrokenCrank  /t/1421055/diy-mark-k-er18-dxt-build#post_22239891


+1 on http://www.oakwoodveneer.com/samples.html

I have had excellent results with their veneer. Customer service is also top notch...very satisfied with their quality and prices.

Good to know. Thanks.
 
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