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Old 6th August 2011, 01:33 AM   #1
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I'm really at a loss as to how I want to finish these. I still have some cleanup to do on them before I finish, but I'll be ordering supplies soon. What should I do? I was thinking bamboo veneer and then piano black baffle. Piano black all around looks great too. I'd like to stick with a contemporary design. So post ye suggestions or pics of neat designs! Thanks!

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Old 6th August 2011, 10:26 AM   #2
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Hi Have you looked at troelsgravesen? I have found lot of inspiration in the "recent updates" and "builder's response" section.

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Old 6th August 2011, 10:29 AM   #3
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A high glose olive colour would look realy retro and fit the decor, maybe with a brown speckle in...

If I may add a hint for future reference, when you are finished glueing and clamping, use a moist rag to clean up glue spills, it is so much easier than dealing with it after it dried.
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I'm a fan of dark veneers - american black walnut (mirror match the fronts at least) and Wenge are my favorites -personally think walnut burrs tend to look horrible on speakers boxes
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I'm really at a loss as to how I want to finish these. I still have some cleanup to do on them before I finish, but I'll be ordering supplies soon. What should I do? I was thinking bamboo veneer and then piano black baffle. Piano black all around looks great too. I'd like to stick with a contemporary design. So post ye suggestions or pics of neat designs! Thanks!

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After probing the troelsgravesen site, I have found two designs I really like. Only trouble is I have no idea where to find a painted white oak veneer as is used in the first picture. The grey simply looks clean and modern, which I really like as well. Which to choose? I'm not sure how hard it would be to get an even matte finish of grey. I've tried black before, and it is a royal pita.

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You can get grey adhesive vinyl from a hardware store. How about edging the front with iron on veneer, same as what you would use for kitchen doors. Then use a matching veneer for the sides.
To get a whitewash oak finish you can simply sand with v fine sandpaper, add a small amount of white pigment to an acrylic varnish and apply a couple of even coats (do a test patch first),
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You can get grey adhesive vinyl from a hardware store. How about edging the front with iron on veneer, same as what you would use for kitchen doors. Then use a matching veneer for the sides.
To get a whitewash oak finish you can simply sand with v fine sandpaper, add a small amount of white pigment to an acrylic varnish and apply a couple of even coats (do a test patch first),
So I'm definitely going with a matte vinyl. However, what color would you go with, matte white or matte black? Just looking for knee jerk opinions, nothing special here. Keep in mind that they're going in a college dorm room so it's not like everything is going to be matching anyway.
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well, if you're going vinyl might as well show mine..

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Obviously the back view. I out a thin rubber layer underneath, so it then has a give to it rather than a hard feel.

You'd have to figure out how to do the front and back baffles, tho with straight 'glue on' not as much of a problem.

You'd have to have a look at the store bought stuff, you may find that any cut has a 'white back' to it...which might be handled by black texta or somesuch.
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well, if you're going vinyl might as well show mine..

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Obviously the back view. I out a thin rubber layer underneath, so it then has a give to it rather than a hard feel.

You'd have to figure out how to do the front and back baffles, tho with straight 'glue on' not as much of a problem.

You'd have to have a look at the store bought stuff, you may find that any cut has a 'white back' to it...which might be handled by black texta or somesuch.
I'm planning on using automotive vinyl that is used to wrap cars. Is this the right stuff?
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