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    I want to thank a few people before getting started. I wanted to thank Paul K for designing a single fold MLTL for me. My dad Russ gave me a hand lugging around that 4x8 sheet of MDF and ripping them. He came by when we were veneering and gave me some helpful suggestions. My neighbor Chad for letting me use his garage which we finished together a month or two ago. We both work on each others projects since we are both new woodworkers and it helps to learn quicker and you have an extra set of hands around. I want to thank Bobbarkto as well. The guy is very experience in woodworking from start to finish. He has walked me through a plethora of finishes and how to fixes. He gave me some great tips on fixing small bubbles in veneer.

    So, I wanted to rebuild my stand mount Finalists into a tower. I figured ditch the stands and getting some more low end extension out of it. I contacted Paul K shortly after Indy DIY and he graciously drafted a design for me. It got put on the back burner for a few months while I upgraded my table saw, get a new router/table, sander and add panel to garage for upgraded electric to handle them in the garage.

    I decided during that time that I need something totally unique looking because a few posts on the forums had others potentially doing the build. I wanted to go open baffle with the top. Curt C gave me the Okay to do so after an email or too so the build started!

    I needed a good crosscut sled for these 44-3/4" tall cabs.



    All rips are done!


    QUICK MOCK UP / TEST FIT



    Window Braces Cut and spaced "irregularly"




    Single Fold woofer cab assembled



    I used a 3/4 inch roundover on the tops of the woofer cab. So this answers the question "CAN YOU BEND VENEER OVER 3/4 RADIUS ROUNDEROVER BIT", however....would I recommend you do it? Heck no, go bigger and save yourself the immense hassle it's going to cause particularly with contact cement.





















    So I did a open back midtunnel and the pipe will be "Floating" The Main veneer is HICKORY and the PVC mid-tunnel is "TEAK"





    I used "Waterlox original Varnish". Fumes are absolutely horrific. You will need to wash clothes multiple times and air out the garage for days. However it sure does look pretty.









    Not sure how this ghost happened but it's awesome
















    So heres the bad news, the changes I wanted to make for them to be unique is going to make them a bit more unique. It caused some rather big dips in the FR so I will be doing some tweaking or redo'ing of the xover. However it will be a great learning experience for me. There are a few spots with a 5-10db dip. The mid's are not out of phase nor is the woofer. My EQ took care off some of it but it wouldn't fair well at a DIY without the EQ. Please keep in mind these measurements in no way reflect the original design and are specific to my build alone.



    Last edited by Mike220; 12-19-2014, 08:54 AM.
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    Carrera's / Finalist TL's / Speedster TMM's / Speedster MTM Center / Overnight Sensation Surrounds

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    Re: Finalist TL's "Done my way" Tons of pics

    Those look really good.
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      Very handsome pair of loudspeakers! I especially enjoyed the high quality pictures!

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        For ***'s sake, Alan, did you have to include the string of pics in the quote? Shame on you. My phone just exploded after scrolling thru the pics twice.

        EDIT- Thank you Alan for revising your post.
        Bryan K.

        Midwest Audio Club

        Speedster | Sub Attachť | The Wildeman | Sean's NLA Towers | CO‹GAR, COUGAR II and CO‹GAR JR | Triton | Lithium | J-Boom | Trym MLTL | Docere MLTL

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          Re: Finalist TL's "Done my way" Tons of pics

          All joking aside, they look fanstastic, Mike. You get an A++ for veneering!! I especially like how you matched the grain on the baffles. Solid. Don't stress out on the measurements. I bet if you fiddled with the stuffing in the tunnel, you could get that midrange to flatten out. Anyway, there's nothing wrong with a little smile EQ in that region.
          Bryan K.

          Midwest Audio Club

          Speedster | Sub Attachť | The Wildeman | Sean's NLA Towers | CO‹GAR, COUGAR II and CO‹GAR JR | Triton | Lithium | J-Boom | Trym MLTL | Docere MLTL

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            Re: Finalist TL's "Done my way" Tons of pics

            Great work Man!!!

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              Re: Finalist TL's "Done my way" Tons of pics

              Hi Mike,

              Very nice build! Excellent craftsmanship! :applause:

              You are breaking new ground with the open mid tunnel. I'm actually surprised there isn't a bigger impact on the mids without the cabinet sides to increase the distance for the front wave/rear wave blend.

              Cool project! Please post the changes you make along the way.

              Jim

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                Re: Finalist TL's "Done my way" Tons of pics

                Mike, really nice job. i agree with Bryan that a little time and stuffing and you will have them sounding great.
                craigk

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

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                  Those look fantastic. Very nicely done.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Finalist TL's "Done my way" Tons of pics

                    Love that hickory!
                    "I just use off the shelf textbook filters designed for a resistor of 8 ohms with
                    exactly a Fc 3K for both drivers, anybody can do it." -Xmax

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                      Re: Finalist TL's "Done my way" Tons of pics

                      Those have to be some of the nicest looking speakers I've seen in a while.
                      - Ryan

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                        Wowza! Great job Mike!
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                          Excellent job Mike! They look awesome!

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                            I have been following this build. Good stuff Michael.
                            I know that I will get to hear these and hope it will be in June. Think they will get a lot of after hours time.
                            Excellent build and great write up.
                            Be sure to submit these to PE for the Projects page.
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                              Re: Finalist TL's "Done my way" Tons of pics

                              Originally posted by bkeane1259 View Post
                              For ***'s sake, Alan, did you have to include the string of pics in the quote? Shame on you. My phone just exploded after scrolling thru the pics twice.

                              EDIT- Thank you Alan for revising your post.
                              Ya, ya, ya!

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