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  • Sapele Sopranos

    I need another pair of small TMs like I need another hole in my head. To see how my new "budget" table saw works, I bought a Sopranos kit from a well known Michigan based speaker source.

    The table saw works fairly well, a 2' x 4' "handi panel" is the upper limit of workability. Another extension would help. The thin Freud blade does flex easily, very important to feed carefully.

    These are 3/4" particle board to be covered in PSA Sapele veneer.

    Similar in size to the S2000s, slightly larger with a thicker wall cab. We will see how they compare soundwise.

    Biscuits, Titebond and accurate parts allow one step glue up.

  • #2
    Sanded, filled, sanded, shellacked

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    • #3
      Holes.

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      • #4
        Basic veneer is on.

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        • #5
          Getting there .... and looking good.

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          • #6
            Thank you.

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            • #7
              Looks nice!! I may have to jump on this biscuit bandwagon for speed and efficiency. Good gosh.....
              Builds - C-Killa - Speedsters - LithMTM - Talking Sticks - Pocket Rockets - Khanspires - Dayton RS Center - RS225/28A - Kairos - Adelphos - SEOS TD12X - Dayton 8 - Needles - 871S - eD6c - Overnight Sensations - Tritrix (ported) - Lineup F4 - Stentorians - The Cheapies - Tub Thumpers - Barbells - Tuba HT - Numerous subwoofers - probably missing a few...... :p

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              • #8
                Biscuits and pressure sensitive adhesive veneer are big time savers for a basic box project like this.

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                • #9
                  Veneer done. One coat of clear Watco Oil. The grain looked dull before this.

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                  • #10
                    Done. They sound very nice, can't really listen to them right now. Compared to the DIYSG Paul Carmody S2000. I made the Sopranos 1/2" shorter and deeper than the plan calls for, looked better to me.

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                    • #11
                      Those look really good - well done

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                      • #12
                        Thank you.

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                        • #13
                          They turned out great. Can you share what you finished them with? I saw the one coat of Watco oil, but did you put anything else over it? I'm working on a project with Sapelle and would love to get results like that.

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                          • #14
                            Clear Watco, shellac, sanded down smooth, more Watco. The grain really shimmers in the sunlight but the actual finish is semi gloss. I read this webpage.

                            3 Wonderful Sapele Wood Finishes for Better Woodworking Projects – Woodworkers Source Blog

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by djg View Post
                              Done. They sound very nice, can't really listen to them right now. Compared to the DIYSG Paul Carmody S2000. I made the Sopranos 1/2" shorter and deeper than the plan calls for, looked better to me.
                              Have you had some time to listen? How do they compare to the S2000's?

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