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Old 14th May 2011, 08:30 PM   #11
Arty is offline Arty
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yes indeed, i prefer those pre-made shelfs too. Floorstanding speakers can be made out of them with ease. There has gotta be some sorth of general "stuff" store in india too that sells paints, and misc. "stuff" for painting Your home, sellsing needed oods for example.. maintaning Your wooden shed, and so on. I do not know the proper english name for them, but as far as i can remember i thnk every single town I'v been in has few of these shops.
As for wooden shelf material, large stores most probably have them. Many "ikea" style furniture shops can order parts of furniture, that includes the shelfs too.
I do not live in india -but i would like to- so i do not know the details, i just find it very surprising.
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Old 26th May 2011, 09:05 AM   #12
diarav is offline diarav  India
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Things are not readily available in India and that calls for more creativity. Like quadtech mentioned it is possible that the shop guys knows these items (shellac, birch wood etc) by some local name.
As for using CNC / DIY CNC it would be useful if you were wholly on to speaker building. If this is a one or two time activity, you can get this done by local carpentry shops.
In fact to build my speakers, I purchased 3/4 inch MDF board (had to buy the whole 8ft x 4ft). I had the dimensions ready and got the shop itself to cut the board to the required sizes. I later got the additional round woofer/tweeter holes cut out by another carpenter after I marked them on the pieces.
And yes, the WAF(Wife Acceptance Factor) is very low on this. They hate to see pieces of wood lying around as such.
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Old 7th June 2011, 05:46 AM   #13
gmphadte is offline gmphadte  India
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Nobody knows anything about such things like materials here. Most skilled get their skills from working under somebody and then they go on their own as highly skilled. LOL

The best thing happens is when u go to any store and ask for something, they think that u don't know anything. Once a hardware store wanted me to try a drill bit that was originally sharpened the wrong way.

Also having a shop, they believe they r the experts.

Remember, here, u will not find a pro that knows his subject.

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Old 7th June 2011, 06:53 AM   #14
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Friends ,
just yesterday I came upon a company Located in Jaipur. It sells watco Brand Danish Oil, Polyurethane finish which can be applied by Brush -which have been shown on many forums for veneer finishing. Its a relief now.
i will be getting this stuff for my use , Lets try and see the results.
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Old 7th June 2011, 08:48 AM   #15
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I can give a few pointers for those in Delhi:
Juneja Hardware store in Kalkaji is the dealer for Stanley brand tools and also keeps a wide assortment of fastners. I use them for all my hardware needs. The shop is always crowded though, so be prepared to wait.
Buying veneer shouldn't be a problem. I usually get mine from Kotla market (near Defence Colony). There is one lane there which has a number of plywood/veneer shops. You will have to buy at least one sheet but they will let you browse their stock and select a piece you like.
I have never seen birch plywood sold here. For speaker cabinets I use grade A marine ply. Check that it has no voids and look for a brand that uses the most number of layers in its construction.

I have some pointers for Mumbai as well, will look up the info and post it here. This thread is a good resource.

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Old 9th June 2011, 04:51 AM   #16
gmphadte is offline gmphadte  India
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Birch plywood is used for making carrom boards.

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Old 20th August 2012, 11:24 PM   #17
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In India the trade uses different terms than what are used internationally. For example if you ask for wood polishing materials then you might get some info about shellac. All over the world Shellac is sourced mainly from India. It comes in form of thin flakes. These have to be mixed in denatured alcohol(usually called industrial alcohol in India).

As you can imagine these are not consumer products thus are not available in consumer oriented shops. Additionally our finishers/carpenters use what they call masala while polishing basically this is some form of wood dust etc which they mix in diluted shellac to even out the color and porosity of the wood though it completely obscures the grain.

Not all carpenters apply polish. Go to a wood carving shop doing doors and ask them to show you what kind of finishing products they will use. Tell them you want to finish an indoor carving like a pooja room item etc. They now a days gravitate to varnish or polyurethane but ask for "polish".

I dont live in India right now but my friends in construction business tell me that the good finishing people are specialists and guard not only their materials but also their processes.Most of them are usually from Bihar and UP. There will be a couple of shops in one city selling these finishing materials usually near where wood is sold. Get hold of a good civil contractor or an interiors firm they will guide you to the right finishing guy or get some info. So ask for "Polish" as in french polish which is basically a technique of applying Shellac.

As far as CNC is concerned if you are in Bangalore I can guide you to one guy who is has built a few DIY CNC's he may even be able to guide you to where shellac is available. You dont really a CNC to make speaker boxes. Get hold of a carpenter shop who has got a table saw and planer. Buy a cheap router and with a circle cutting Jig you can produce 10-15 speaker cabinets everyday!! In fact If you use some proper guides/jigs with the router you can even cut your wood with it. Rough plane it with router and then hand sand it and cut circles for speaker with router.

You can get veneered plywood which is as good and at times better than Birch plywood(which is birchwood plywood with a better finish veneer than coarse finish plywood). Shops like @home etc carry extensive variety of plywood. Not all plywood shops carry good quality plywood. Look at your local yellow pages to get the names of prominent plywood dealers they have better stuff and carry hard to find stuff.
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Old 21st August 2012, 03:25 AM   #18
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Mumbai have many cabinet makers. This is a financial capital of India. Mumbai have got the best infrastructure to make cabinets including CNC. The only problem is how to get this manufacturers interested in us. if we pay more to this people, they will do the job for us. We must understand the financial viability of this cabinet makers when we order few cabinets with maximum demands.
Be adjustable & get the job the done.
for CNC factory, there turnover is big. so they might not be interested in small orders. They have to pay excise & all other taxes. The administrative expense don't allow them to do small jobs.
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Old 23rd August 2012, 03:35 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by viki_v2 View Post
Friends ,
just yesterday I came upon a company Located in Jaipur. It sells watco Brand Danish Oil, Polyurethane finish which can be applied by Brush -which have been shown on many forums for veneer finishing. Its a relief now.
i will be getting this stuff for my use , Lets try and see the results.
did you get a chance to try this. any contact and pricing info.
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