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Old 11th May 2011, 10:08 AM   #1
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Hello Everybody,
There are many thread and posts covering the art of veneering , staining , polishing, waxing and so on. All of them are foreign countries, Very good explanations are given on the techniques and material used. But Still proves to be Alien as none of the materials shown are available in India.

The scene in India is Exactly opposite of being Diy Friendly. I we ask a shopkeeper for Pu and allied goods required, The first stare he gives is a big ?, He just wont sell what materials are needed in small quantities until you agree to get the work done from him, then he will charge a exorbitant amount for the work, saying that it is due to him that work was done properly, other wise it could have been a big disaster.

Once went to a very big paint shop dealing with paints and goods for wood finishing. i asked for shellac, he gave me a very blank look as if i had asked him something which was available only on Mars. I asked for wood stain again the same.He called upon one of his skilled workers doing sorts of inerior wood works for homes.

Asked a local ply wood dealer for birch ply, which he didnt knew ever existed.

So I am calling upon Knowledgeable people who have experience working with goods avalable in India. Speaker finishing is still a big gap for Indian Diyers, Who have have to relently get it done from professionals,which makes a big hole in Monthly salary.

Again having a small workshop in our 1bhk flats is not possible, without the risk of wife shutting doors on you, "EITHER ME OR YOUR WOODEN BLOCKS WILL STAY"

We can here gather and share our our experiences about scene in India, Where could we get CNC cut mdf for our speakers, where can we source veneer, and how to get working with it. Where ro buy finishing materials for veneer ,Things to take care with available materials,
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would be amused if you could ot use the allmighty internet to order Your stuff from an online shop. some folks ship to any country within reasonable prices.
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Once went to a very big paint shop dealing with paints and goods for wood finishing. i asked for shellac, he gave me a very blank look as if i had asked him something which was available only on Mars.



India is one of the major producers of shellac...you might want to try a different store....

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India is one of the major producers of shellac...you might want to try a different store....

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shop owners here are not so technically sound with the materials they sell as most of the buyers are professionals well versed with what they want. And other shops which know the detail, they wont tell as the quantity which I would purchase is very small.
Some wood workers helped though , but difference occurs in understanding technical names.
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would be amused if you could ot use the allmighty internet to order Your stuff from an online shop. some folks ship to any country within reasonable prices.
Shipping is very costly, I have been through many online companies, And shipping cost has proven to be several times higher than cost of goods.
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Yes, I also find shops here are not diy friendly. We spend too much time,
ask too many questions, and buy too little.
It pays to cultivate a few shops over time.
However, most things are available, but have different names as per
your local lingo. For ex, at my local hardware store - T-nuts are called tiger nuts, threaded inserts are known as D-type wood nuts,
quick connect terminals are known as battery clips.

Baltic birch - the closest match is good quality void-free marine grade ply (IS:710 spec) with as many plys (layers) as you can find .

CNC - yes, there are a few ones around. Look around for small factories
which make kitchen cabinets, or modular furniture.
Also hang around on cnczone or mechmate forums to connect with
DIY CNCers. If you intend to do a lot of work, you may want to make
a small DIY CNC. It should be fun.

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Its very difficult in India to find a proper woodwork workshop suited to speaker enclosure making, if any one is from[or near] Punjab i can give you details of someone who is good in these things[NO CNC though].


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Yes, I also find shops here are not diy friendly. We spend too much time,
ask too many questions, and buy too little.
It pays to cultivate a few shops over time.
However, most things are available, but have different names as per
your local lingo. For ex, at my local hardware store - T-nuts are called tiger nuts, threaded inserts are known as D-type wood nuts,
quick connect terminals are known as battery clips.

Baltic birch - the closest match is good quality void-free marine grade ply (IS:710 spec) with as many plys (layers) as you can find .

CNC - yes, there are a few ones around. Look around for small factories
which make kitchen cabinets, or modular furniture.
Also hang around on cnczone or mechmate forums to connect with
DIY CNCers. If you intend to do a lot of work, you may want to make
a small DIY CNC. It should be fun.
Do you have any experience with diy cnc,
I believe Some time before you had inquired for dry film, Is it correct. If yes, Just give your address and postage I will send it for free.
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Do you have any experience with diy cnc
A couple of years ago, I was totally enthused about a small
DIY CNC for speakers as well as for PCB milling. I spent countless
hours going through DIY CNC forums and searching for parts locally,
but finally decided against building one due to cost and lack of
space to keep it.

Nice build thread here for the Microcarve A4 -

An Infinite Number of Cats on Keyboards: cnc

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I believe Some time before you had inquired for dry film, Is it correct. If yes, Just give your address and postage I will send it for free.
Yep, I did ask you about the film. That's a very generous offer - I'll
send you an email.
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Back when I lived in an apartment, I built several speakers from material sold for shelving. Sizes were limited, but it was pre-finished so along with a bottle of glue and a screw driver, all I needed was a scroll saw to make the speaker cut-outs.
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