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  • Statement monitors towers.

    After lurking a lot and asking a lot I decided to build a pair of Statement monitors. The wife said no to using stands, so I built them as towers.
    So first step sketchup:

    Then to cut:

    Dadoing:

    Dry fit:

    Mid tunnel assembly:

    The only pic of the bafle:

    Glued and wired:

    As you can see I made 3 compartments, the top one has the original size, the middle houses the XO boards and the bottom was filled with sand and pebbles.
    XO boards:

    In it's unfinished glory:

    As of now the speakers are veneered on sides and top, the baffle only has primer. I plan to paint the baffle and back in flat black and cover everything with water based poly.

    I used PVA glue on 1 cab and did not like the results, then used contact cement in the other and got slightly better results. I just found a company that imports paper backed veneer, I may try that for the next build.
    My Statement monitors
    My Piccolatas
    My LM3886 amp

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    Re: Statement monitors towers.

    I plan on adding grills to protect the drivers from dust. At this point I have 1 temp grill and will do the other tomorrow.

    Template:


    Cardboard skeleton:


    Temp grill in place, I should have painted it black...


    I drilled the holes for the wires, added some weather strip and then used hot melt glue:




    I'm listening some tracks on them and they definitely sound great.
    My Statement monitors
    My Piccolatas
    My LM3886 amp

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      Re: Statement monitors towers.

      i love the joinery! did you use a daddo blade on a table saw or a router?
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      • #4
        Re: Statement monitors towers.

        Very, very nice! Is there a reason why you didn't go for the extra woofer and build the Statement Minis? Just wondering.

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        • #5
          Re: Statement monitors towers.

          Thanks for the comments.

          Originally posted by fezzywigger View Post
          i love the joinery! did you use a daddo blade on a table saw or a router?
          Router with a 3/8 rabbet bit for the sides and 1/2 straight for the cross rabbets.

          Originally posted by lostboy77 View Post
          Very, very nice! Is there a reason why you didn't go for the extra woofer and build the Statement Minis? Just wondering.
          I do not have the 18" behind the speakers, so I decided to use the "near wall" Monitors. Plus international shipping was a lot more adding another 2 RS180...
          My Statement monitors
          My Piccolatas
          My LM3886 amp

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          • #6
            Re: Statement monitors towers.

            Originally posted by Silver1omo View Post
            I do not have the 18" behind the speakers, so I decided to use the "near wall" Monitors. Plus international shipping was a lot more adding another 2 RS180...
            All very good reasons. Additionally, I believe that on Curt's site he says somewhere that these are likely the "best sounding statements." If total output was not necessity, I think you may have picked a winner. I never would have thought to build these as towers, but now that I see yours, I'm wondering why I didn't.

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            • #7
              Re: Statement monitors towers.

              Very nice work on the cabinets. Great detail. Congratulations. Veneer looks good.
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                Re: Statement monitors towers.

                Originally posted by lostboy77 View Post
                All very good reasons. Additionally, I believe that on Curt's site he says somewhere that these are likely the "best sounding statements." If total output was not necessity, I think you may have picked a winner. I never would have thought to build these as towers, but now that I see yours, I'm wondering why I didn't.
                My thoughts too. I love listening to my monitors and couldn't use more bass even if it were there. Towers with dedicated x-over space is brilliant.

                I can't wait to see what you build next!
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                • #9
                  Re: Statement monitors towers.

                  Thanks for the comments. I need to finish these before thinking in another build. But very likely it will be something to be used as surrounds. Perhaps Tritrix or Aviatrix or F4...
                  My Statement monitors
                  My Piccolatas
                  My LM3886 amp

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                    Re: Statement monitors towers.

                    Looking good, Im just wondering why you opted for the plywood instead of MDF? It would have been a lot more stable invironment for the veneer? R.K.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Statement monitors towers.

                      Originally posted by Randall Kepley View Post
                      Looking good, Im just wondering why you opted for the plywood instead of MDF? It would have been a lot more stable invironment for the veneer? R.K.
                      I did not want to deal with MDF dust. I don't have dust collection or a good respirator, so I preferred ply.
                      My Statement monitors
                      My Piccolatas
                      My LM3886 amp

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                      • #12
                        Re: Statement monitors towers.

                        Absolutely beautiful!! Very nice job, sir!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Statement monitors towers.

                          What method did you use for routing out the square tweeter?

                          I have the tweeter and have yet to flush mount it.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Statement monitors towers.

                            Originally posted by rhubarb9999 View Post
                            What method did you use for routing out the square tweeter?

                            I have the tweeter and have yet to flush mount it.
                            The "corners" are ~1/2", so I just placed stop guides (scrap ply and clamps) and routed with a 1/2" straight bit.
                            My Statement monitors
                            My Piccolatas
                            My LM3886 amp

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                              Re: Statement monitors towers.

                              Beautiful job.

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