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  • OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

    Just wondering how long everyone spends at a sitting when constructing speakers.

    I've been noticing that I'm good for about 2 hours or so before I start to feel like calling it a session and moving on to something else. Part of that is because 2 hours of work in the basement is enough after a day dealing with 3-year-olds, and part of it is because I think getting older I seem to distribute my time better than when I was younger.

    I constructed these speakers probably 15-17 years ago when I was late 20's early 30's and I worked for 3-4 hours each night after working a full day, and I did this for weeks at a time in a cold shop with no heat.



    They ended up sounding pretty amazing believe it or not... Dual powered subs, high crossover point and huge living room -- I didn't notice any comb filtering, although I'm sure there were major issues with it. There was another tweet and woof on the rear out-of-phase also, so there were lots of sub-enclosures in this thing.

    Point is, I just worked and worked and worked on it like a nutty professor for hours on end; life outside of this project just seemed to fade away and I was immersed fully in what I was doing. I'm glad I'm maturing some and can dibby up my time with other things, and so is the wife.

    So how much time do you spend working on a speaker project at a time? Do you break it up into sections so you complete one part, then quit? Just curious how others do it. I tend to see it as a hobby and the opposite of "work" so when I feel like giving up for the night, I do.

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    Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

    About the same, an hour or two at a time. I try to maximize it by coinciding glue cure time or bondo set time with other things that need to be done on the project, but sometimes it just amounts to fifteen minutes of applying glue and clamps, and then either firing up the saw and cutting panels for the next project or going inside to watch TV.

    When the weather cooperates, I have been known to spend 10 hours in the shop on a Saturday and really rocking the sawdust. I am not a great woodworker by any stretch, but at this point I can cut, glue, trim and route a pair of regular rectangles in a couple of hours worth of labor, so I can really knock some stuff out on a marathon Saturday.
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    • #3
      Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

      It may have something to do with age. That and life's responsibilities. In my 20's and 30's I could work a full day, come home and change clothes, slam down a sandwich, then be out in the garage till midnight. Get up the next morning at 6 and do it all over again. Now in my 40's with a wife and kids I'm lucky to work on something for an hour after work. Sometimes I can get 4-6 hours on a good Saturday...
      Craig

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      • #4
        Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

        Just a couple hours at a time. More than that and fatigue leads to slips, errors, and less general precision in my work. Also, my eyes are not so good anymore and they get tired - also leading to lower quality finish, etc.

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        • #5
          Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

          I'll spend as much time in the shop as life and circumstances will allow.
          When other responsibilities were less and when I did this stuff for a living it was not uncommon for me to spend 16 hours or more working (not always speakers tho).
          These days, an hour or eight after work, maybe a few days a week tops, more hours on some weekends. As much as I can tho.
          My physical limits are less and I'm a little less productive in some ways for that. However greater efficiency through experience helps make up for some.
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          • #6
            Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

            I use to work all day like PWR RYD back when I did mindless work (small service bodies) at my job but now I work on the bigger hydraulic trucks and I have to use my brain all day. By the end of the day my brain just doesn't want to think too hard. Most work is done on the weekend and I can still work all day if I have everything I need and don't have to wait for things to dry.

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            • #7
              Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

              1-4 hours intermittently. Only days off though, usually too fried after work to do anything "artistic".
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              • #8
                Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

                I'm retired and can spend almost as much time as I want when I want in my basement workshop year round, but I tend to work 2-4 hours on any given day, depending on the tasks involved.
                Paul

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                • #9
                  Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

                  A couple of hours, give or take, depending on how my back holds out. I just now finished routing the woofer hole for Jeff's Docere. I'm resting for a bit, drinking a soft drink. Next I will tackle the tweeter holes, then I will drill the screw holes and rout the reliefs on the back side of the woofs.

                  Edit: Ok, it took about 40-45 minutes to rout the tweeter holes.

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                  • #10
                    Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

                    Maybe an hour after work during the week, 2-3 hours, maybe a bit more or less on the weekends.
                    I try to arrange my work to be productive for each session, but also have plenty of patience with the
                    process. It's probably better long term to spend 6 weeks on a build rather than 6 days.

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                    • #11
                      Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

                      Nice speakers!!

                      It depends on what it takes to do the next step in the project. Last weekend I spent 3-4 hours refitting the system with new baffles. Today I expected to spend a few hours integrating the tweeter horns to the transition speaker (midrange) but nailed it in 30 minutes. Once I get rolling I usualy stop at some logical point or where the task at hand is finished.

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                      • #12
                        Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

                        I must be nuts, but it's not unusual for me to do 12-14 hours on a Saturday. Of course I bust it up doing lots of different things from cutting, routing, assembling, veneer work and finishing, not to mention short breaks in between to learn something new on the forums. I work 2nd shift, so I do get some good hours in before 4 in the afternoon, but I'll often put in a couple hours after midnight too doing veneer, sanding, gluing and finishing.
                        have a productive Saturday all,
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                        • #13
                          Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

                          If I have a project in the summer when I'm not teaching, I can spend 9 am until ~6 pm easily. I take an hour for lunch.

                          If I've been working at the office all day, then it's extremely difficult to get into the shop for anything. That's especially true when the shop temps are 50 degrees F.
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                          • #14
                            Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

                            Probably just a few hours at a time. Its a hobby and if I'm tired, I stop. I did build some sprite stereo speakers for a gift and I was rushed to meet a time line and I put some 8 hour days on those. Still wasn't bad, I was just up later then normal to finish them.

                            I do like to cut all the wood in one day if I can. Mainly while my mind is on it and the measurements and paperwork are fresh in my mind. Granted, I haven't built full size speakers like the ones above either.

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                            • #15
                              Re: OT: How much time do you spend constructing at one time?

                              I rarely do any building on weekdays. When I have what I need I tend to go to town. Perhaps starting as early as 4am. I try to complete stages. Using clamps, brads and glue, I will complete a cab at a time or both if small. The next day when the glue is good and dry, I'll trim, sand and do baffle cutouts. I may wipe on sealer at this time and then done till the next weekend.

                              So, to answer your question, 4 to 6 hours at a shot. After that just a half hour or so at a shot to apply finish then they will come in the house for the other stuff.
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