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  • Billet
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    Looks great! The reflection of the windows on the finish really shows the progress...

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  • DeZZar
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    Kicking off with a 400 grit dry sand using an orbital. This get the bulk of the blemishes and brush strokes out of the final coat. Be super careful with this - a nice light pressure (weight of the machine) methodically run side to side the full length, overlapping each pass, and then slightly faster runs end to end to finish.

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    Then begins the wet sanding. Starting with 400 again wet sand, but this time with a cork black by hand, passing back and forth the whole length end to end. Little bit of soap in a spray bottle, keeping the paper and surface well soaked. Run one full pass over the surface, wipe clean, re-wet and run two more passes - no more.

    After 400, 800, 1000 and 2000:
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    And finally after 500 and 7000. Its definitely worth the extra grits from a polishing perspective!
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    Now ready for polishing. I have to go grab a new polishing pad as I just discovered mine has gone little crunchy :P

    I'll update once the polish is done and a coat of wax is on!

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  • DeZZar
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    OK.....lets do this!!

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    Before: When brushing on varnish you just have to know up front that you will get bubbles and brush strokes no matter what you do. You could be in a positive pressure clean room, have put your varnish under vacuum and be using the worlds best brush and it will still happen. The most important thing is just to make sure you flatten out this bubbles and brush strokes between coats.

    I actually lost count of the coats at this point - if your wanting to replicate this look though I would say its a minimum of 5 with sanding between.
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  • DeZZar
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    Well....just to show not everything goes according to plan....here's the epoxy on the rear little insert panels.

    It worked perfectly well in terms of a nice smooth level surface, BUT....with this stuff its supposed to drip over the sides and unfortunately it didn't matter what I did (pre-wetting the edges, brushing it smooth, brushing the excess drips away etc etc..) it refused to drip over evenly leaving a rippled edge instead of one nice smooth one. I suspect its because its a thin edge and it just drips up under the recess instead of down a taped off vertical side. Of well....lesson learned - cut the rabbit after the epoxy next time...?

    Not sure if these will just go in the bin or if I will be able to salvage the edges with some sanding. I could always rough sand and put another coat on and THEN cut it back (just making sure there is enough material there to sand back that much).

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    I'll wait and see - back to the timber side panels for now!

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  • 3rutu5
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    Bring on the 3d.printed thread, warning it is an addiction

  • Geoff Millar
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    Your speakers look incredibly stylish and unique: they look far more interesting than almost anything you could get retail, ditto the build/finish quality.
    If they sound half as good as they look, you're in for a treat.

    Cheers

    Geoff

  • DeZZar
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    Thank you. That is really nice feedback!!

  • dkalsi
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    Absolutely stunning! One of the best builds I've seen on this site (or anywhere). I envy not only your skills, but your patience to take things step- by-step - and give each stage the right amount of time. Thanks for sharing.

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  • DeZZar
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    Just a quick update on this....

    The finishing process is by far the most time consuming. I'm another couple of coats into the varnish with a couple to go, and then the long wait for it to cure before cutting it back and polishing.....but its coming along nicely.

    I've painted the rear inset panels from post #48 with a couple of coats of primer and then some matte black. These will get a final coat with tinted self leveling table top epoxy (fastest way to a dead flat super smooth polish-able surface!)
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    And I realize I hadn't actually posted a picture of what the speakers look like with both sides on, so this is how they are looking at the moment patiently waiting for the timber side panels!
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  • DeZZar
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    Thank you djg. Hopefully these side panels still fit in place after all these coats of varnish lol!

  • djg
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    That is some nice work.

  • DeZZar
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    Originally posted by tktran View Post
    Really enjoy watching this build. That cabinets looks like a million bucks.
    Thanks mate. Happy to share the process.

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  • tktran
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    Really enjoy watching this build. That cabinets looks like a million bucks.

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  • DeZZar
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    Thank you. I really like this wood as well. Hopefully don't screw up any of the finishing! :P

  • DeZZar
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    Just a quick update on this build. Side panels are coming along nicely. This is the process so far...

    - Bare timber sanded to 240
    - Two coats of Danish Oil (the version I have smells to me like a linseed oil base)
    - Allow to cure for 24 hours
    - Two coats of Aqua Coat clear gain filler (sanding between coats @240)
    - Two more coats of Danish Oil
    - First coat of Marine High Gloss varnish
    - Sand back @240
    - Second coat of varnish

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    Process yet to be completed:
    - Two more coats of varnish sanding to 400 between coats
    - Final coat of varnish
    - Allow to fully cure
    - Sand to 2000
    - Polish
    - Wax and Buff

    Bit of a lengthy process but I think it'll be worth it

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