SDA Wooden End Caps or Re-Veneer Suggestions

Hoping some of you can post some pictures and share ideas of making new SDA wooden end caps. I will start with my SDA-1C that now live with another:

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  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,419
    Whew....I would like to have nice lacquered end caps like that on my SDA 1C's. How did you do that? That would be worth the coin.
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  • anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 2,479
    I veneered my CRS+ with walnut wood veneer and finished them with a tung oil finish. That was some 4 years ago IIRC and they still look fantastic. There are pictures somewhere on here, but I cannot find the thread right now. The hardest part was stripping the old vinyl off. The rest was just time consuming. I bought the veneer off eBay and it was very reasonable for the quality.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,564
    Those are sweet^^^^^ can't tell what wood on the old phone here looks maple ish
  • These look pretty crazy!!!

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    Like

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    Okay??
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  • MalbecMalbec Posts: 467
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Those are sweet^^^^^ can't tell what wood on the old phone here looks maple ish

    Mappa Burl

    http://www.veneersupplies.com/categories/Raw__Wood__Veneer/Wood__Veneer__H__-__M/Mappa__(Burl)/

  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,743
    dhart86 wrote: »
    How did you do that? That would be worth the coin.

    A guy here on the forum did that for me. Here is a link:

    http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/77349/paint-job-for-club-polk-members/p1
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,743
    I really like this walnut burl and may use this:

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  • Mr_HzMr_Hz Posts: 145
    edited January 2016
    Conradicles... you're inspiring me. I have 3 speaker projects going on at various stages of (in)completion. I was going to just go with the 'as is cosmetics' but the SDA1C's and 2.3TLs could use some love as they have some aesthetic challenges, and my CRS+s, no nicks or blemishes, could use a boost in the looks department. I followed that link to the veneer website, and now my mind is racing with the possibilities! Just need my wallet to catch up. lol!
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    I always loved readings nik's DIY posts. Probably should have picked up his red tube amp when he let it go. Not letting go of his maple LSi9s any time soon after doing XO mods. I think I am about the 3rd caretaker since he let them go and the gloss still rocks. I actually work in a paint shop now and have toyed with the idea of painting my yammy amp and pre covers silver.

    But back on topic...there was a member in PA that made a run of solid wood end caps. I got some for my 2.3 but never got them installed. They are nice looking. I will see if I can find them for pix.
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,800
    Hoping some of you can post some pictures and share ideas of making new SDA wooden end caps. I will start with my SDA-1C that now live with another:

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    They're mine....All mine now Eric!! And still pristine to this day. Nik is the shnit on end cap refurb
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 7,545
    I really, really like those black glossy caps. What was the damage on those beauties? Did you send your original caps to him or were they made from scratch?
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    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.
  • leftwinger57leftwinger57 Posts: 2,883
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    I went from very deep water stains then the bleaching of the tops and cleaning them off .Next was to stain them w/ Medium walnut and then about 4/5 coats of clear poly Minwax. The poly was soaked up like a sponge and needed that many. To say I'd rather have the veneered side panels and tops would be an understatement. Those look amazing and though not a big fan of piano black those tops came out beautifully and would take those any day of the week.
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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,743
    I sent the originals, but in hind site I would have had used new mdf. They are amazing looking speakers. Lightman1 won't part with them either!
  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 1,853
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    I went from very deep water stains then the bleaching of the tops and cleaning them off .Next was to stain them w/ Medium walnut and then about 4/5 coats of clear poly Minwax. The poly was soaked up like a sponge and needed that many. To say I'd rather have the veneered side panels and tops would be an understatement. Those look amazing and though not a big fan of piano black those tops came out beautifully and would take those any day of the week.

    I'm probably reading your comment wrong so a quick question as mine look like yours except it appears to be more sun bleaching than water stains on mine.
    Did you just wipe them down with bleach, then clean before staining and clear poly?

    Thanks
    David
  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 1,853
    Here's my SDA 2's compared to My SDA SRS.
    The tops of the SDA 2's are much lighter than the side edges which drives me crazy.
    The big ones are good enough for now. Also, the scratches on the top of the 2's need some attention and I'm not to sure on what's the best sanding procedure.

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    jacked a topic, let me know and I'll re-post in another thread.

    Thanks
    David
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,743
    cincycat13 wrote: »
    I actually work in a paint shop now and have toyed with the idea of painting my yammy amp and pre covers silver.

    He did this amp for me and I think it made it sound better B)

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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,800
    What the hell are you doing withy amp??!!
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,273
    Here's a couple of caps I made for my 2.3TL's

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    Some Quarter Sawn Oak, nothing fancy but in much better shape than the originals they replaced.

    I love the look of the Piano Black Finish, but I don't have patience to keep them clean!
    SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,743
    Very nice Mike!
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 5,439
    Re did mine with a walnut veneer and a satin lacquer

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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,743
    Very nice Mike. I stalked your speakers several times in your other threads. They are as good as it gets for vintage SDA's!!!
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,273
    Well, Thank you, that means a lot. I just enjoy the SDA sound, I was hooked from the very first time I experienced it. Finding SDA's in my part of the country is challenging, you have to grab what's available, no matter what condition they are in.

    I also find a lot of enjoyment in taking something that is a little over the hill and bringing it back to it's former glory, now if I could just do that trick on myself ;)
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 5,439
    Jeez Louise is everyone named mike round here... gonna have to change my name to Walt DuFlock
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    ManCave: Parasound Halo A23 x2 Amps Parsound Halo A21 Amp & P5 Pre | Marantz AV7004 AV Pre | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's| Usher BE-616 Center|SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub |Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | Marantz SA8004 SACD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | HP Elite Slice PC |Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4 Pro

    Patio Polk Atrium 8's |Marantz 2252B |

    Office Bluesound Node2 | Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | Marantz 2385 |

    Bedroom Peactree Nova 125SE | Focal 905's | Bluesound Node | SVS SB2000 Sub

    Garage Yamaha R-N303BL | Polk Monitor 5B's

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  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,273
    Jeez Louise is everyone named mike round here... gonna have to change my name to Walt DuFlock

    LOL, sorry about that Mike, I'm easily confused. Didn't mean to take any credit for your work.

    SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,743
    Mikey081057 and Mike Reeter both of your work is top notch. Good job.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 5,439
    I do like like the black laq and the burl....The brass screws are like gold teeth...
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    ManCave: Parasound Halo A23 x2 Amps Parsound Halo A21 Amp & P5 Pre | Marantz AV7004 AV Pre | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's| Usher BE-616 Center|SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub |Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | Marantz SA8004 SACD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | HP Elite Slice PC |Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4 Pro

    Patio Polk Atrium 8's |Marantz 2252B |

    Office Bluesound Node2 | Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | Marantz 2385 |

    Bedroom Peactree Nova 125SE | Focal 905's | Bluesound Node | SVS SB2000 Sub

    Garage Yamaha R-N303BL | Polk Monitor 5B's

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  • nikolas812nikolas812 Posts: 2,942
    cincycat13 wrote: »
    I actually work in a paint shop now and have toyed with the idea of painting my yammy amp and pre covers silver.

    He did this amp for me and I think it made it sound better B)

    7mdohhw5osb8.jpg

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    They look great!!

    I don't think I ever seen them installed! Looks awesome.

    And Glad to hear everything is still in good shape and holding up well. It should last forever since they are indoors and I use Automotive Paint products. A good quality Car cleaner wax should make them pop again they don't look quite as good as they used too.

    Makes feel all warm and fuzzy seeing some of the stuff I've done you for you guys. I don't frequent the forums as much as I used too. New hobby (Drag Racing) takes up most of my time and money now.

    I can still offer this service for anyone that is interested. I can spray them just about any color that you would want..

    Nik
  • nikolas812nikolas812 Posts: 2,942
    edited January 2016
    I sent the originals, but in hind site I would have had used new mdf. They are amazing looking speakers. Lightman1 won't part with them either!

    This Also would have been cheaper in the long run considering the condition his end caps were in.

    So if anybody is interested in having me paint something for them. Keep this in mind. There is a lot more labor involved if they need repairs..

    But I don't do wood work. They need to be sent to me already cut and pre fitted before I can paint them. I can do paint and body work! But i'm not a wood worker!

    Nik
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