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Tang Band W6 Subwoofer in Curly Maple and Wenge

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  • Tang Band W6 Subwoofer in Curly Maple and Wenge

    Good Afternoon!

    I'm just wrapping up this project, so I thought I'd share some progress pictures.* It's a .5 cf cabinet with a 3/4" MDF inner and curly maple and wenge exterior.* It will be a down firing subwoofer for a small office powered externally by a Dayton SA230.*

    It will be stained dark grey and finished in a matte soft touch finish.*

    Cheers!

    Joe

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    Joe,

    It's beautiful. The black grooves are a nice touch too.* I'm not exactly sure what I'm looking at, though. I see one big opening on the end, and two openings - one bigger than the other - on the long side. I was thinking driver and larger PR, but what's the other hole... Oh, terminal cup?*

    Oh wait, . 5 cu. ft. is kind of small... That would be a driver opening on the end, and a vent and terminal cup on the long side, right?*

    Allergies are holding my brain hostage I swear.
    TomZ
    *Veneering curves, seams, using heat-lock iron on method *Trimming veneer & tips *Curved Sides glue-up video
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    • #3
      Tom:

      You are spot on - driver hole on the end (bottom), the smaller whole closer to the driver is the terminal cup, and above that is the whole for the precision port. *

      Cheers!

      Joe

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      • #4
        Good Evening!

        I just wanted to post a quick update photo on this project. *The finish is almost done, and then time for assembly.*

        Cheers!

        Joe










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        • #5
          Beautiful! Is that a stain or dye? Either way, what brand?

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          • #6
            Great work!
            -Kerry

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            • #7
              Seriously? One tease picture from the back side? Looking forward to more!

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              • #8
                Really nice...but, i too, would like more details and pics* ;-)
                I take it the outside is solid wood over the inner MDF box?
                How is the wenge done? Inlay or strips?
                How thick is the outer hardwood maple?

                Did I mention how fantastic the figured maple looks dyed and finished like you have done?
                How was this accomplished?
                Andy.

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                • #9
                  Good Evening!*

                  Thanks for all the interest in this project.* Here are a few additional photos, and some additional detail on the build.*

                  First things first, this is a tall thin down firing subwoofer.* The bottom is the portion with the largest (driver) cutout, and the back is the side with the 2 wholes - one for the terminal cup and one for the port.* I know that this is not an ideal driver orientation, but the application called for it.*

                  - The Interior box is 3/4" MDF, and the exterior box is solid maple - 1" on the sides (were you see the round over), 1/2" on the top, and 3/8" on the front/back.*
                  - The wenge accents were done using a 1/8' sheet of wenge laminated to the top and bottom pieces of maple.* For the sides, I didn't want to use that big of pieces of wenge, so I*made a 1/8' deep by 3/4" wide rabbit on each side of the maple side panels and glued in the wenge strips of corresponding size, then just cleaned it up with a hand plane to get the two surfaces flush.*
                  - I applied the exterior panels to the MDF in stages.* Applying each panel slightly oversized, and then using a flush trim bit to trim it exactly to the size of the interior box.* First the front/back (with no wenge), then the sides, and then the top/bottom.* The flush trim bit did really well to get everything perfectly flush, but I would have loved to have access to a large jointer to run each side through as well.* That would have also taken care of some of the glue spots that I only discovered AFTER applying the dye, then had to go back and sand through.* I'd love to know how everyone avoids this issue in their builds.*
                  - The color is a Black Analine dye powder from J.E. Moser.* I diluted it in water, which raised the grain when applied.* It covered very well, and left an extremely transparent color - far better than any stains I've used.*
                  - The finish is tung oil, and most of the pictures show the box with about 4 coats.* I will likely apply 2-4 more before it's done.* This was the first project I've applied oil to, and I am very pleased with the result.*

                  My wife likes the look of the build so much that she has requested a new pair of speakers with similar construction and materials for our living room, so I'm going to chalk it up as a win HAHA!*

                  My apologies for the image orientations - I tried resaving it a few different ways, and the chat board always reverted the orientations back.*

                  Cheers!

                  Joe

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                  • #10
                    The curly maple in grey is a very exotic look!

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                      • #12
                        Simply Gorgeous!*

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