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    Paul Carmody's Speedster design has been an intriguing speaker to me for some time now and I stumbled across two great deals on the two drivers that are in them, so I finally get to start the build!

    At Christmas time I had received a bunch of items from Rockler and took it all back to get different items which included two nice species of wood. One of the species will be for a pair of Overnight Sensation eventually and the other is for this build. These speakers will be a black cabinet with a hardwood baffle. I feel this will be quite striking when completed.

    The Speedster's will end up in the living room of our home and may or may not be paired with a sub. Supposedly these do a fantastic job all alone and I am eager to hear them in all their glory.

    I titled this build thread the Speedy Speedster because so far I have spent a total of an hour actually working on them and the cabinet is already done and built (for the most part). This is definitely a record for me.

    The cabinet is very small and the actual design calls for a 1/2" stock cabinet. I am making the baffle and large sides 3/4" stock to increase rigidity a touch and have considered putting in a shelf brace. Can't help myself!!!!! Might leave well enough alone.

    PICS!

    One cabinet glue all dried, still need to put in the pieces for bolting on the baffle (and maybe the brace!) -



    Other cabinet being glued up. That's right. Five panels glued up at once. If I didn't decide to bolt on the baffle it would have been the entire cabinet! (Khan's watching closely in the background)-




    Can you guess that species of wood? It's actually a bit more reddish-orange than the picture shows.


    **But Joey, don't you have 32 other builds going on right now?
    Yes, I know, I can't help myself. But, in buying a home soon, and the Khan's Dayton RS Center and MarkK's going in the man room and the wife wanting something much smaller in the living room, these I felt would be fantastic for the job. Plus, I thought I could build these quick enough that all my speakers would be in the finish stage anyway.
    Builds - C-Killa - Speedsters - LithMTM - Talking Sticks - Pocket Rockets - Khanspires - Dayton RS Center - RS225/28A - Kairos - Adelphos - SEOS TD12X - Dayton 8 - Needles - 871S - eD6c - Overnight Sensations - Tritrix (ported) - Lineup F4 - Stentorians - The Cheapies - Tub Thumpers - Barbells - Tuba HT - Numerous subwoofers - probably missing a few...... :p

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    Padauk?
    You go your way, I'll go mine. I don't care if we get there on time.

    ~Pink Floyd

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    • #3
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      Originally posted by Mark65 View Post
      Padauk?
      Mark! You're goooooooddddddddd. I absolutely love it. Love the hue and color. I hope it gets deeper when I finish it.
      Builds - C-Killa - Speedsters - LithMTM - Talking Sticks - Pocket Rockets - Khanspires - Dayton RS Center - RS225/28A - Kairos - Adelphos - SEOS TD12X - Dayton 8 - Needles - 871S - eD6c - Overnight Sensations - Tritrix (ported) - Lineup F4 - Stentorians - The Cheapies - Tub Thumpers - Barbells - Tuba HT - Numerous subwoofers - probably missing a few...... :p

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        I like it too. Never had any to use, but it looks to me like mahogany on steroids. Great looking wood, and I have no doubt that it will be astonishing when you're done with it.


        Mark
        You go your way, I'll go mine. I don't care if we get there on time.

        ~Pink Floyd

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        • #5
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          Looking forward to your build thread! Paduk and black cabinets will be very classy.
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          • #6
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            2 things.

            1) Wo0t!

            2) Mike Z finished his Fatbellies in Paduak, and maybe try some red transtint?

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by Mark65 View Post
              I like it too. Never had any to use, but it looks to me like mahogany on steroids. Great looking wood, and I have no doubt that it will be astonishing when you're done with it.


              Mark
              Thanks for the vote of confidence Mark! I think so. I'm utilizing Dave's "Trench method" on all these speakers I have currently so I'm eager to see how they turn out. Evercoat Rage seems to be an amazing filler with how smooth it comes out. Keeping my fingers crossed for no seams!

              Originally posted by bungelow_ed View Post
              Looking forward to your build thread! Paduk and black cabinets will be very classy.
              Thanks ed! Exactly what I was thinking. Should be a stellar clean look.

              Originally posted by greywarden View Post
              2 things.

              1) Wo0t!

              2) Mike Z finished his Fatbellies in Paduak, and maybe try some red transtint?
              Thanks for the tip G-dubs. I'll check his out and see how I like it. What is this transtint you speak of?
              Builds - C-Killa - Speedsters - LithMTM - Talking Sticks - Pocket Rockets - Khanspires - Dayton RS Center - RS225/28A - Kairos - Adelphos - SEOS TD12X - Dayton 8 - Needles - 871S - eD6c - Overnight Sensations - Tritrix (ported) - Lineup F4 - Stentorians - The Cheapies - Tub Thumpers - Barbells - Tuba HT - Numerous subwoofers - probably missing a few...... :p

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by greywarden View Post

                2) Mike Z finished his Fatbellies in Paduak....
                Those looked fantastic. He said he just cleared it. WOW. Love it. Glad I am headed in this direction.
                Builds - C-Killa - Speedsters - LithMTM - Talking Sticks - Pocket Rockets - Khanspires - Dayton RS Center - RS225/28A - Kairos - Adelphos - SEOS TD12X - Dayton 8 - Needles - 871S - eD6c - Overnight Sensations - Tritrix (ported) - Lineup F4 - Stentorians - The Cheapies - Tub Thumpers - Barbells - Tuba HT - Numerous subwoofers - probably missing a few...... :p

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                  If you want to preserve the original color in Padauk you will need to do more than "just clear it". The surface needs to be well sealed (i.e. not just an oil finish) or it will darken to a muddy brown.

                  As Grey said, an initial go of a bit of red Transtint in Bullseye sanding sealer will pop the reddish tone. After that you will want several coats of your sealer, with at least the last one or two UV resistant. If using more than one finish product, make sure they are compatible


                  Originally posted by joeybutts View Post
                  Those looked fantastic. He said he just cleared it. WOW. Love it. Glad I am headed in this direction.
                  I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
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                    Originally posted by fastbike1 View Post
                    If you want to preserve the original color in Padauk you will need to do more than "just clear it". The surface needs to be well sealed (i.e. not just an oil finish) or it will darken to a muddy brown.

                    As Grey said, an initial go of a bit of red Transtint in Bullseye sanding sealer will pop the reddish tone. After that you will want several coats of your sealer, with at least the last one or two UV resistant. If using more than one finish product, make sure they are compatible
                    Checking out the price I'd rather not get transtint. I don't think I would ever use it again.:o

                    So would shellacing be a good alternative?
                    Builds - C-Killa - Speedsters - LithMTM - Talking Sticks - Pocket Rockets - Khanspires - Dayton RS Center - RS225/28A - Kairos - Adelphos - SEOS TD12X - Dayton 8 - Needles - 871S - eD6c - Overnight Sensations - Tritrix (ported) - Lineup F4 - Stentorians - The Cheapies - Tub Thumpers - Barbells - Tuba HT - Numerous subwoofers - probably missing a few...... :p

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                      Originally posted by joeybutts View Post
                      Checking out the price I'd rather not get transtint. I don't think I would ever use it again.:o

                      So would shellacing be a good alternative?
                      It sure would. Try dewaxed Garnet shellac. http://shellac.net/ShellacPricing.html

                      It will be similar in color to the TransTint.

                      -- Doug

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                        +1. Although I think the original color looks pretty good. You might rub an area with some isopropyl to get a better idea of how it will look under the finish. You might decide that it's red enough. If so then you can just go w/ Seal Coat and your finish of choice.


                        Originally posted by dougjohnson View Post
                        It sure would. Try dewaxed Garnet shellac. http://shellac.net/ShellacPricing.html

                        It will be similar in color to the TransTint.

                        -- Doug
                        I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
                        OS MTMs http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=220388
                        Swope TM http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=221818
                        Econowave and Audio Nirvana AN10 fullrange http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=216841
                        Imperial Russian Stouts http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...=1#post1840444
                        LECBOS. http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...ghlight=lecbos

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                        • #13
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                          Could I get away with just using this? Sand, spray, done?

                          http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/200...z-Aerosol.aspx
                          Builds - C-Killa - Speedsters - LithMTM - Talking Sticks - Pocket Rockets - Khanspires - Dayton RS Center - RS225/28A - Kairos - Adelphos - SEOS TD12X - Dayton 8 - Needles - 871S - eD6c - Overnight Sensations - Tritrix (ported) - Lineup F4 - Stentorians - The Cheapies - Tub Thumpers - Barbells - Tuba HT - Numerous subwoofers - probably missing a few...... :p

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by joeybutts View Post
                            Could I get away with just using this? Sand, spray, done?

                            http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/200...z-Aerosol.aspx
                            Try it on a sample and see if you like it. That's the only way to know for sure. -- Doug

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                            • #15
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                              See post #9. If you go w/ the Deft, you'll need to keep the speaks away from UV sources.

                              I know Lou likes the waterbased liquid. Convinced me to give a try. But, as siad, best to sample on a scrap.

                              Originally posted by joeybutts View Post
                              Could I get away with just using this? Sand, spray, done?

                              http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/200...z-Aerosol.aspx
                              I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
                              OS MTMs http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=220388
                              Swope TM http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=221818
                              Econowave and Audio Nirvana AN10 fullrange http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...d.php?t=216841
                              Imperial Russian Stouts http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...=1#post1840444
                              LECBOS. http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...ghlight=lecbos

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