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  • Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

    I had to go to the local "fire-sale" kitchen store (I think it is called Home Goods, if I remember right). While I was there, I noticed they had a ton of different cutting boards there. A lot of Maple, but also some Walnut, Bamboo, and some species of hardwood I didn't recognize. Some end-grain on the face, some long-grain on face. Quite a few that were 20" x 16". Some even larger. Some were 3/4" thick and some were up to 1 1/2" thick.

    Has anyone tried this? My thoughts were for an open baffle I am playing with, but could work on others too. Cheap enough, one could make an entire enclosure and still be able to bring all the wood home in a Miata!:D

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    Re: Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

    http://www.buybutcherblock.com/ i have thought about a really nice monitor made entirely out of butcher block.
    craigk

    " Voicing is often the term used for band aids to cover for initial design/planning errors " - Pallas

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    • #3
      Re: Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

      I put this one together 10 years ago out of a single 1x4 board about 60" long. Took an hour or so. I am thinking about another one and giving it a try unless I hear differently...
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        Re: Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

        I've been working with some 6/4" Ash that sat outside a little too long and is somewhat stained, ripping it to make ~2" thick baffles that include waveguides. It was never to be cutting board stock, but is essentially the same thing other than I used yellow glue. The annual rings run more or less perpendicular to the faces, that is the baffle is like a quartersawn or vertical plank, similar to what is done for cutting boards and counter tops. Click image for larger version

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          Re: Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

          That.Is.Wicked.Cool Allen! Did you use a grinder or by hand?

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            Re: Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

            I used bamboo cutting board for the baffles of my Wolf's PC speakers. I found it routed nicely, though it did burn easily so had to keep the router moving. http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...33#post1898233

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            • #7
              Re: Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

              Originally posted by tc View Post
              That.Is.Wicked.Cool Allen! Did you use a grinder or by hand?
              Haas CNC machine at the school where I teach, but hand sanded.

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              • #8
                Re: Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

                I built my "Invit8tions" out of walnut butcher block counter top.
                A mains
                The Ventures
                Open Invit8tions
                RSR
                Sound Troopers
                Acorns
                442
                DGBG's
                The Monuments

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                • #9
                  Re: Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

                  Bamboo works for me. Litle hard on my router bits but works out nice.
                  Cheap HD panel, PE vinyl and Bamboo cutting board from Marshall plus Mike Z. New Hiorizons.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

                      These were not cutting boards or butcher blocks, but were essentially the same thing, using egde glued makore and hickory on the baffles, 1.5" thick before sanding.
                      Dan N.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

                        I have edge-glued Walnut and Maple for a baffle before. But that was long-grain like your beautiful speakers.....speaker porn if I have ever seen it.

                        I didn't know if (like bolling alley lanes) the manufacturers used any kind of fastner to "speed" up assembly. I hate having a Forrest II find an errant piece of something or other...and I don't have a metal detector. Going back to pick up a few and see what comes out....with my circular saw first.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

                          Originally posted by dlneubec View Post
                          These were not cutting boards or butcher blocks, but were essentially the same thing, using egde glued makore and hickory on the baffles, 1.5" thick before sanding.
                          P.S.: is Yanko's still open?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

                            Yanko's is still alive and kicking and still has great steaks!

                            Sounds like a good idea to test without an expensive blade.
                            Dan N.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Anyone ever use a cutting board for a baffle?

                              Used to eat at Yanko's once a year (Memorial Day Weekend). Probably in my top five favorite restraunts on Earth.

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