Building a pair of Polk Monitor 10's

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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,463
    edited March 2016
    Dude's got skills!! Those are going to be drop dead gorgeous.
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  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,678
    Come on Will this ain't your first rodeo. I bet you could rig those tweeters using hand tools after a few adult beverages and blind folded no problem. Who you kidding. Great workmanship so far. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Although sight is but one of the aspects of those beuts.
  • deucekazoodeucekazoo Posts: 146
    Those look real nice! The corners are perfect and hard to do. Can't wait to see a finish on them and for the grain to pop. What are you going to use?
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  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,112
    Gorgeous wood work

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  • willwillywillwilly Posts: 185
    You can surface mount the tweeter. I've done it. You need to grind off the lip on the back of the plastic bezel. It will still be raised about an 1/8".
    Didn't think about sanding down the lip on the tweeter... I like that idea...
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  • willwillywillwilly Posts: 185
    deucekazoo wrote: »
    Those look real nice! The corners are perfect and hard to do. Can't wait to see a finish on them and for the grain to pop. What are you going to use?
    I'm with you, I want to see these pop. There are all sorts of finish options. I like to keep it simple and see the wood without stains and color. I use a straight tung oil, rubbed on in several coats. You can finish from a dull mat to a french gloss. Just depends on what you like. I'm shooting for a satin to semi gloss finish. It brings out the grain and darkens to a wet look.

    Just started the first coat. I like what I'm seeing.
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  • willwillywillwilly Posts: 185
    deucekazoo wrote: »
    Those look real nice! The corners are perfect and hard to do. Can't wait to see a finish on them and for the grain to pop. What are you going to use?

    The mitered corners are very difficult, especially biscuiting accurately on a 45! One thing I have learned from working with MDF, you need to take caution in tightening clamps. MDF will crush.

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  • willwillywillwilly Posts: 185
    la2vegas wrote: »
    Come on Will this ain't your first rodeo. I bet you could rig those tweeters using hand tools after a few adult beverages and blind folded no problem. Who you kidding. Great workmanship so far. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Although sight is but one of the aspects of those beuts.

    Thank you! Beverages after the ripping is done, a prerequisite to woodworking, especially the sanding.
    Will I am
  • deucekazoodeucekazoo Posts: 146
    willwilly wrote: »
    I like to keep it simple and see the wood without stains and color.

    Me too, I don't like using stain and it drives me nut when people stain hard wood.
    Let the natural color come out.
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  • willwillywillwilly Posts: 185
    Second coat, first rubbing.
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  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 7,524
    willwilly wrote: »
    Second coat, first rubbing.
    18gfgmt6kate.jpg

    I'm offended...
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  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 14,249
    willwilly wrote: »
    Second coat, first rubbing.
    18gfgmt6kate.jpg

    I'm offended...

    Me too...

  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,703
    deucekazoo wrote: »
    willwilly wrote: »
    I like to keep it simple and see the wood without stains and color.

    Me too, I don't like using stain and it drives me nut when people stain hard wood.
    Let the natural color come out.

    Sorry, but nothing makes the grain of wood pop like a dye and a film coat. New walnut is cold, it needs to be warmed up.
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  • polrbehrpolrbehr Posts: 2,384
    All I can say is let me know if you decide to build an experimental pair of cabinets for SDA 2Bs. I will happily test them out for you... B)

    Like it is with most trades, it sure pays to have the right tools. Beautiful work there.
    So, are you willing to put forth a little effort or are you happy sitting in your skeptical poo pile?


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  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 5,127
    willwilly wrote: »
    18gfgmt6kate.jpg
    Oh my......the contrast looks great!
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  • deucekazoodeucekazoo Posts: 146
    F1nut wrote: »
    deucekazoo wrote: »
    willwilly wrote: »
    I like to keep it simple and see the wood without stains and color.

    Me too, I don't like using stain and it drives me nut when people stain hard wood.
    Let the natural color come out.

    Sorry, but nothing makes the grain of wood pop like a dye and a film coat. New walnut is cold, it needs to be warmed up.

    The type of finish has everything to do with how the wood looks and I am not talking about stain. I once ruined (well not ruined but not the look I was going for) a pre-amp box I made. I used Bloodwood and maple for the box. At that time I did not know finishes too well and used a poly to finish it. The blood wood turned brown. If you know Bloodwood it has a nice deep red to it.
    From this

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    To this

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    Same wood, different finishes.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,703
    While true that the type of finish and the sheen have an effect on the final appearance, it's not everything. Poly should not have caused that to happen. What brand, wiping or brush, how old was it?
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  • willwillywillwilly Posts: 185
    F1nut wrote: »
    deucekazoo wrote: »
    willwilly wrote: »
    I like to keep it simple and see the wood without stains and color.

    Me too, I don't like using stain and it drives me nut when people stain hard wood.
    Let the natural color come out.

    Sorry, but nothing makes the grain of wood pop like a dye and a film coat. New walnut is cold, it needs to be warmed up.

    To each their own... walnut can be a bit cold but to that point almost any wood grain can be a bit harsh... With the right dye and film coat you can make poplar pop...


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  • deucekazoodeucekazoo Posts: 146
    F1nut wrote: »
    While true that the type of finish and the sheen have an effect on the final appearance, it's not everything. Poly should not have caused that to happen. What brand, wiping or brush, how old was it?

    Not sure about the brand name but it was a quality brand, not a no brand name from Walmart. It was a brush on and I think it was water based.
    I know what you are saying, I was not expecting that color either. I just know certain finishes go deep into the wood to bring out the beauty. I never had Walnut look cold.

    Now back to speaker building. Let see some more pictures.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,703
    I think it was water based.

    There's the problem. Water borne finishes have gotten better, but still aren't there. Not unlike fluorescent compared to incandescent lighting. I do not use water borne finishes, won't even consider them.
    I never had Walnut look cold.

    The walnut in willwilly's pics is cold.






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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,703
    Will, I would be remiss if I didn't say your craftsmanship is top notch.
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  • ken brydsonken brydson Posts: 7,524
    edited March 2016
    F1nut wrote: »
    I

    The walnut in willwilly's pics is cold.






    Somehow that is offensive...
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,121
    Great job will. This entire thread makes me smile.
  • willwillywillwilly Posts: 185
    Well a bit of bad news, using one of my MW6503'S in the shop to test fit holes several times, being passed around with visitors... even having the JB weld treatment on the top plate, the driver locked up.

    I see the logic in the JB weld technique, but make sure you do it on the top and bottom side of the magnet... Mine were done on just the top edge of the magnet.

    So if anyone has a good 6503 laying around, I'm interested.

    I have yet to abandoned a resemblance of a budget, or I would buy four new drivers.

    Thanks in advance.
    Will I am
  • willwillywillwilly Posts: 185
    So while I'm waiting for the last coat to dry, this is a sample I put together of 1" MDF. I have been researching vinyl wraps to see what is available. These wraps can be pricey, and make any wood worker gag, but...for a speaker, handled properly, vinyl may be an acceptable option. Did I say that out loud.
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  • willwillywillwilly Posts: 185
    This reminds me of bloodwood.
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  • willwillywillwilly Posts: 185
    edited April 2016
    This is my Garage system. I using two 5jrs' and 4's. I'll be using a Denon AVR5700 to drive my 10's.
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  • pumpkinmanpumpkinman Posts: 7,367
    willwilly wrote: »
    This reminds me of bloodwood.

    I link to the vinyl product would be nice.
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  • willwillywillwilly Posts: 185
    edited April 2016
    Ebay is where I bought mine

    vvividvinyl.com
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