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Old 24th August 2009, 03:57 PM   #991
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Here's a pair of uFonkens I build last week. I'm working on another set as a wedding gift for a friend.

Applied iron-on oak veneer I found at Lowes
Sanded with 120 then 220 using an oribital sander
Applied minwax dark walnut stain with a cloth
Applied 4 coats of minwax wipe-on poly, sanding lightly with 320 between coats.
After the last coat I sanded with 00 steel wool and applied minwax finishing wax and buffed it to a slight shine.

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Old 24th August 2009, 04:51 PM   #992
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Very nice!! Do you have any construction photo's?
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Old 24th August 2009, 06:18 PM   #993
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I have a few...

1) all the pieces cut and ready for assembly
2) the backside of the mounting baffle
3) waiting for glue to dry
4) fully assembled but before applying veneer
5) veneer applied and just finished staining

And I have a few more "glam shots" here...
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Old 24th August 2009, 06:43 PM   #994
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Outstanding!! I'm thinking of doing a pair for the home office and another pair as a gift for my Uncle. I need to get a new guide for the table saw 1st tho :-( I notice in your gallery that you have some of BudP's little EnABL blocks on your large Fruglehorn's and I'm wondering if you are considering EnABL for these little babies???
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Old 24th August 2009, 07:15 PM   #995
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I have considered it...but I'm not sure if I am up to the task myself. The Frugelhorn FE126eN's were purchased from planet-10.

I am enjoying their sound as-is right now but since I am building a second set, I might purchase the enabled versions from planet-10 so I can do my own A/B comparison. We watched "Handcock" in our bedroom with them the other night and I forgot I was supposed to be critiquing the speakers about 15 minutes into the movie. The sound is smooth and nothing is overbearing that would make me want to turn the volume down. Sure there isn't much bass, but it is more than the TV would ever put out on its own and after listening for a few minutes you truely don't notice.

Anyway, It's a fun little build. I only had to make a few rips with the table saw. The rest were done with a mitre saw since the pieces are so narrow. Starting with a 2x4' sheet from Lowes I ripped two 2'x145mm boards. I cut the 145mm pieces and then ripped the remainder of the 2nd board down to 102mm to complete the final pieces. The two 2'x145mm rips were enough for everything except the inner brace which I cut out of some scrap 1/2" MDF. That left enough wood for me to make a second set from my original 2x4' sheet. I didn't use the table saw again until the very end when I ripped the 45-degree angle cut for the baffle.
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Old 24th August 2009, 07:32 PM   #996
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"Sure there isn't much bass," Adding a small sub is something I'll consider if needed. http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=299-252 The single surface speaker cones aren't that difficult to EnABL after a bit of practice on some $4 cheap "test" units http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=269-480 Great info on your cutting and finishing processes - Thanks!
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Old 26th August 2009, 04:15 PM   #997
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Chuyler - as you've found out, the hardest part of this build is finding room for all the clamps

nice job on the cabinets, and they certainly give you an appreciation for this silly good little driver


next up is to get your freak on with the polka dots - transformative
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Old 29th August 2009, 10:53 PM   #998
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Although not 100% DIY, I modified the speakers a bit to produce big room filling sound. 901's are turned around, covers removed when in use. They're still operating at full range. The big speaker cab is an old Crate 2 x 15 guitar bass cab. I use this to reinforce bass particularly mid bass that the 901 can't efficiently produce. The combination of 901's array and bass cab produces big room filling sound. Doesn't have to be loud to appreciate it, it sounds big. Sounded great on movie playback too.
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Old 29th September 2009, 01:33 AM   #999
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my first diy speakers, from Zaph's design. (Hi-Vi B3S)
next up a set of Fonken's.
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Old 29th September 2009, 02:00 AM   #1000
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Looking good, Max!
What kind of paint is your finish?
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