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  • Mayhem13
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    Thanx Dave. I think i'll take your advice and make the port inlet an 1 and 1/2" longer acting as the plinth base. It'll give it some added dimension and complexity. Maybe slice the plinth at 30 degrees to match the top of the baffle.

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  • davepellegrene
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    I'd stick with the same look. Mainly because you will get some expansion/ contraction on the width of your baffle so if you keep the material the same it will all move together. If you make it solid MDF it won't expand/ contract the same so you could develop cracks along the inside edge of your out boards. Right were they meet the short boards at the top of your port.
    Something else you may not be aware of is that when the wood does expand/ contract the MDF strip between the wood won't shrink or grow much so in a high gloss finish it may show as a raised spot were the MDF is. In other words when you introduce moisture from your finish you may get pronounced, lines running top to bottom were the two different woods meet. If you stain/ varnish with a satin finish you shouldn't notice it much. Even if you do get this effect I don't think it will look bad at all.

    Dave

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  • kmibb
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    I think consistency would look better.

    That being said, I think a consistent gloss finish would look best. I'm not a big fan of that hickory, looks like lumber to me.

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  • Mayhem13
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    Ok so i need a little astethics input from everyone. See pic below



    The open area below the top of the port inlet......i was originally thinking to build it up with MDF and finish in high gloss piano black but now i'm wondering if i should keep the trans lam theme consistent and build up the bottom section with hardwood/hardboard to match. Any thoughts?

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  • davepellegrene
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    Originally posted by Mayhem13 View Post
    Tell that to my saw blades and planar knives!

    The material came from motorcycle crating pallates as supports and was roughly 3x3 so i split them on the table and then ran them through a Delta planer and the flat sides over a Delta Jointer. I thought it was Fur or Pine too but you can't press a nail into this stuff......not even close. I abandoned all of the 1" slats from the palletes as i could not get the nails out. Kinda knew this would be the case as when uncrating the bikes, all of the 3" square bit screws just snapped instead of coming out.

    It's amazing how many types of pine are out there some very hard.
    Kinda looks like Douglas fir. Definitely a nice tight grain.

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  • Mayhem13
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    Originally posted by davepellegrene View Post
    Ok maybe I'm going blind but that looks like Southern Pine to me. Like what you would buy for construction lumber. They almost look like 2x4's.


    Here is what the grain in hickory should look like.


    Even so very nice looking baffles.

    Dave
    Tell that to my saw blades and planar knives!

    The material came from motorcycle crating pallates as supports and was roughly 3x3 so i split them on the table and then ran them through a Delta planer and the flat sides over a Delta Jointer. I thought it was Fur or Pine too but you can't press a nail into this stuff......not even close. I abandoned all of the 1" slats from the palletes as i could not get the nails out. Kinda knew this would be the case as when uncrating the bikes, all of the 3" square bit screws just snapped instead of coming out.

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  • davepellegrene
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    Originally posted by lucasa.miller View Post
    So that is hickory with hardboard in between?
    Ok maybe I'm going blind but that looks like Southern Pine to me. Like what you would buy for construction lumber. They almost look like 2x4's.


    Here is what the grain in hickory should look like.


    Even so very nice looking baffles.

    Dave

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  • Mayhem13
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    Re: Wilson Audio Clone build begins!

    Originally posted by cny View Post
    I realize the project is already under way but found some information on Modular design clones from JM lab (Utopia/Mini)and Wilson(Maxx). Pretty amazing job on those and maybe it'll help provide some ideas to others.

    http://www.exquisiteaudio.ca
    Cool Link......thanx.

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  • cny
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    I realize the project is already under way but found some information on Modular design clones from JM lab (Utopia/Mini)and Wilson(Maxx). Pretty amazing job on those and maybe it'll help provide some ideas to others.

    http://www.exquisiteaudio.ca

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  • lucasa.miller
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    So that is hickory with hardboard in between?

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  • Mayhem13
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    Originally posted by r-carpenter View Post
    are you bringing the over in October to NY DIY?
    I guess that depends on if i finish em up by then. I'm off to a pretty good start. They should be at least playable but no finish work by then. I'll be spending some time on voicing with the soon to be built MTM section. Did i mention these are gonna be HEAVY! Thank GOD they're modular.

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  • r-carpenter
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    are you bringing the over in October to NY DIY?

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  • Mayhem13
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    Originally posted by r-carpenter View Post
    Maaan. Coors Light? I hope you are using that bottle for paint thinner or some other non beer related activity.
    Hydration only. It was stupid HOT here today.....but you know as your only across the bridges from me. Shoulda had some Guinesses instead then i wouldn't have had to stop for lunch or dinner either.:D

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  • r-carpenter
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    Maaan. Coors Light? I hope you are using that bottle for paint thinner or some other non beer related activity.

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  • Mayhem13
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    Ok so one baffle complete sans driver hole and the second is in clamps. Here's some pix





    Have to get back to work tommorrow so i'll putz around in the evenings to finish up the other baffle and mate them to the cabinets. Sortof a puzzle box contruction that i'll outline in pix step by step. The bottom 'slot' is part of the port outlet.

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