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Old 1st September 2004, 08:29 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to share my first DIY speaker project. Picked up a pair of Fostex FE166E drivers for almost half off the retail. Originally was going to build some horns but settled on the voight pipes thinking it would be simpler.

They took about a day to finish, 8 hours, or about 6 beers. I used 3/4 inch maple plywood and walnut for the surround (lucky to have a piece in the garage). Didn't have a jig so I used the table saw to shape the walnut. Silver speaker wire is connected straight to the driver with no binding posts.

The entire project cost and estimated $160. I was pleasantly surprised how good they sound and had so much fun I'm searching for another project to build. Any ideas?

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Old 2nd September 2004, 12:41 AM   #2
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Very nice any stuffin in the box or are they empty??

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There's a little polyfill. Tried none and the sound was nice but not quite right. Then I put a bunch in and it was the opposite to mellow. So now I have a little, in the top, none in the bottom. Tried some cork backing also but didn't like it much. Have a thinner alternative in there now.
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Very nice! I hope you enjoy them for years to come.
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Nice joints. Did you mitre them? I see no plywood guts....

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Very cool.
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One day? You must be an experienced woodworker. They look great. Keep up the good work!
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Nice joints. Did you mitre them? I see no plywood guts....

The front and sides are cut at 45 degrees, glued, laid flat, masking tape is placed to join the sides and then they are folded. This actually becomes the strongest part of the pipe.

Spent about 2 hours one Friday night and then about 6 hours Saturday. I have had some experience with woodworking but mostly as a hobby making stuff for around the house

Thanks for all the kind words guys. Any ideas what my next project should be? I'm still looking for some cost efficient drivers, within reason. I also like the look of the Sonus Faber Cremona and wouldn't mind recreating that look but not with the same drivers. Maybe a two-way with a simple crossover since I'm still learning.
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If you're not ready for crossover design you may want to check:

Parts Express kits

Creative Sound (in Canada)

Selah Audio

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