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  • Carmody's Carrera Build thread Trans-laminated (PIC HEAVY)

    As usual I will thank Paul Carmody again for posting these build's. I really enjoy the way he voices his builds. Although these are not completed (NOT VENEERED) but I just had to listen too them.

    I also need to thank my dad for assembling the crossover for me. I was pretty burnt out from the labor with this cabinet so I am thankful he got that crossover network together really quickly.

    Thanks to CraigK for selling me the Hiquphon's!

    Goals for venturing into this project were as follows: I wanted to try working with plywood instead of MDF, I wanted to try trans-laminating a build, I wanted to work with and experience high end drivers, I wanted to try book-matching raw veneer and using a cold press glue technique. The cold press and bookmatching is why I didn't finish these yet I wanted to try that on my aquilo's incase I botch the glue up. I had to do a lot of sanding.

    I need to thank my neighbor for lending me a hand on the glue up's and letting me work in his garage when he had it heated through the winter.

    It's not a big cabinet (I went larger that spec due to thickness of walls) but it required a lot of labor. I had to sand a lot. I would call this a "poor man's translam" because I cheated and made panels. I found that when trimming to size you can easily make translam veneer with a tablesaw it was coming out so nicely. The only negative thing I found was that this plywood shrank a lot during the month that I was working on it on and off. I would suggest going about a 1/16th on the exterior speaker diameter to account for this. I had to go back and sand out the hole bigger which really was time consuming. They fit perfect as you can see in the pics before the glue up. The glue ups took forever because I didn't use screws or trim nailer. I had to wait and usually just did a panel a day until complete. Then I sanded a lot. I basically cut a bunch of strips and glued them up and cut them to length for the front/top/backs. The walls and 1.5 inch thick. Front top and back are just over an inch now. They are very dead.

    Just incase I forgot to mention you have to sand a lot with trans-laminated cabinets.


































































  • ejh2854
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    Dang, Mike... great job!

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  • Paul Carmody
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    I like how they darkened up a bit. What else is there to say. They look freaking sweet!

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  • Mike220
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    Originally posted by careyink View Post
    Those are amazing! Nice job. I think on my next build I am going to give the trans lam a shot on the baffles...
    Definitely try it, it's pretty easy to do and it machines very nicely with the router. I actually loved the way it machined versus mdf!

    Originally posted by Derekj View Post
    They look great Mike! I don't think I have the patience to all that sanding though��
    I definitely won't do a full trans-lam again it was too time consuming. I would do baffles again though.

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  • Derekj
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    They look great Mike! I don't think I have the patience to all that sanding though😁

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  • careyink
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    Those are amazing! Nice job. I think on my next build I am going to give the trans lam a shot on the baffles...

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  • Mike220
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    It's water based finish by Target Coatings (online only) http://targetcoatings.com/products/i...em8000-series/ it was really great to work with but you need a pretty fine tip for the gun. It dries really fast and has very little fumes (just a faint smell and the over spray). Super easy to work with. I spray 3-4 coats and blocked sanded and buffed out to gloss finish. Used all 3m products (rubbing compound, glaze, etc)

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  • dcibel
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    Wow, those look stellar! Is that polyurethane you sprayed?

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  • bullittstang
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    Thanks for posting, very nice finish! Always nice to have speakers that look good but also sound good.

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  • Mike220
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    I forgot to post the finished pic's of this build. I'll add them here and in the second post on the first page.

    My sprayer


    before the finish












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  • 4thtry
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    Great build & set of pictures!! That faceting technique really looks cool, with the three lines converging to a point at each corner in the last 4 pictures. The 2nd last picture has a nice flare effect coming from the top right corner. To make it look even better, try moving the light source a little bit so that it flares across one of the front baffle corners.

    Looking forward to listening to these,


    Bill

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  • Mike220
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    Originally posted by PWR RYD View Post
    These look great Mike, but technically are they translam construction or regular construction using laminated panels?
    Semantics :p i did preface the post with "poor mans translam". This way it saves alot of material vs real translam. I think it would have been a little easier doing actual translam just much more ply used.

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  • donradick
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    Originally posted by Mike220 View Post
    Im done using contact cement it doesnt hold up over time from my past builds.
    That's my experience also - my edges are all lifting on the TitanDX contact cemented veneer project.
    Going to try the iron on method with Titebond II for my next build.

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  • PWR RYD
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    These look great Mike, but technically are they translam construction or regular construction using laminated panels?

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  • Mike220
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    Originally posted by djg View Post
    Another thread to point to when people ask why diy.
    Thanks for the kind words DJG and everyone else. Hopefully the finish turns out as planned. I want a clear/polished look. The next upcoming build i hope to paint and see how that goes.

    Im done using contact cement it doesnt hold up over time from my past builds.

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