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Aloha F5 v3 part 2, console build
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Old 12th November 2017, 12:57 AM   #41
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damn admirable process , from very start
Thanks Zen Mod, means a lot coming from you!
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Old 12th November 2017, 01:16 AM   #42
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No one was working at the cabinet shop today, I had unfettered access to everything.

The pics tell most of the story, but next up is to veneer the edges, install the hardware on the doors and the turntable lid. And then stain/finish of course.

You can see now how the thick structural floor is now buried, pockets for the amps, and space for cord management on the back.

Now that the speaker boxes are installed you can see the cabinet walls are all over 1 1/2 thick. The finish front baffle is 1 Baltic Birch.

Going to be a nice home for the new and improved Pass amps.

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Old 19th November 2017, 02:49 AM   #43
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Busy work week so minimal time on my projects. But was able to spend all day today on the console portion. Installed all the edge banding, final sized the top and the 3 doors, and installed the soft close hinges on the doors. Next up on that will be the open/slide hardware on the turntable lid.

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The wire came in for the amps, but still waiting for some new parts. So worked on upgrading my DAC and adding a tube based active output to it.

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Old 25th November 2017, 03:35 AM   #44
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The wire came in, made some progress on the power supply. Im using 14 gauge, silver coated Teflon covered wire from IEC through the DIY Audio power supply boards. Using Cardas Audio Quad Eutectic solder. P channel side done on first amp.

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I found this trick hardware for the turntable lid. Besides just opening it also allows the lid to slide down behind the turntable. Now no worries it will hit me on the back of the head when I down changing albums! Modified the hardware some by swapping out to soft close hinges from what was sent.

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Carpentry portion of the console is done. Sanded everything down to 220 grit, mixed up some custom stain, 90% coffee and 10% black dye, then shot 2 coats of sanding sealer.

As you can see in the light, the Wenge has really deep grain. I want to still see some after finish, so will probably sand and the spray 2 coats of satin clear, instead of filling up the grain completely.

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Old 25th November 2017, 05:34 PM   #45
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What a beauty!
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Old 27th November 2017, 05:36 AM   #46
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What a beauty!
Thanks! Still more to go.
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Old 27th November 2017, 05:53 AM   #47
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My wife is in retail, so she was busy all weekend. Left me to my own endeavors!

Saturday I sanded everything down with 400 and shot 2 coats of satin clear. Sounds easy, but 7 hours of works.

Today I ran over with my son and picked it up. With it in the sun room, and my gear close by, I could figure out where best to cut for access and cable routing.

That done, and then all the openings painted black, along with all exposed wood, I broke down my old rack and gear and moved the new console into place.

Still need to final adjust everything and install the shelves and gear.

As soon as I finish the amps and final install, Ill take some more pics of the back, but Im really excited so far. Everything fitting like I planned so far.

The speaker baffles are 1 Baltic Birch that I just used the same stain on. Looks good enough since it will be covered with an off white cloth grill.

The Teak doors are finished with wipe on/wipe off Teak oil.

I guess my amp build should really be classified as duo mono? 😎

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Old 4th December 2017, 02:44 AM   #48
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Mosetly finished the console portion today and have all the equipment in place, except the amps.

This weekend was focused on the speaker cabinet section and grills. I made the grills out of 3/8” MDF, rounded over the cuts with a 1/4” router bit, shot 2 coats of sanding sealer and covered in Advent looking speaker cloth off eBay.

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I’m using everything I’ve learned from my other speaker builds to give these JBL LE8T’s every opportunity to shine. I mentioned before they have been completely rebuilt including cones, surrounds and the magnets recharged.

The interior cabinet volumn is 1.79 cu ft and the 3” port tube is 7 1/2” long. Cabinets are lined with 1/8” bitumen pads and 2” Denim Insulation with the bottom half of the cabinet filled with layers of the Denim Insulation.

The front baffle is 1” Baltic Birch attached to the cabinet with 20 screws from the inside so I can easily swap out driver/combinations or other improvements.

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The speaker grills are held in place with magnets.

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Everything but the amps running. I made a quick video on YouTube here;

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Standing in for the amps under construction is a NAD 2200.
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Old 6th December 2017, 02:37 PM   #49
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Looks awesome!
Only thing missing is hidingthose wires going to the tv inside the wall!!
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Looks awesome!
Only thing missing is hidingthose wires going to the tv inside the wall!!
Thanks for the compliment!

Yea, about those wires. We live in a typical Hawaiian house constructed in 1952. In my home state of Tennessee you would tear down and rebuild, here it’s $1.5M. Construction is is called “single wall”. Literally every wall is 1” x 6” redwood tongue and groove, together edge to edge.

So no hiding in the wall, the wires are thicker than the wall! The TV is through bolted! Don’t know how the houses stand up.

Looking at some sort of “sock” to at least make it better.
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