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CabinetMakerRyan 28th December 2011 11:09 PM

Ryan's Pensil 10.2 Build Log
Alright I have finally started on my project! I spent all day working on it. The cabinets are assembled, veneered and looking good. Tomorrow I will do some final cutting and spray the finish on them and they will be ready to come home.

They are made of high quality Baltic birch ply and veneered with mahogany. I will by applying a clear finish to them, specifically ML Campbell Krystal conversion varnish. Hopefully they will match all the lacquered natural mahogany speakers I have already made. I have a few shop pictures so far, I'll get them up here shortly.

I am so excited about these things. Even though I suspect the alpair 7.3 would be more my taste, I have just got to see what the bigger MA drivers can do!

Thank you Scott for the cabinet design and Mark for the awesome drivers.:D

CabinetMakerRyan 28th December 2011 11:26 PM

Some pictures from my phone today.

I like to cut my driver holes after veneering. Does anyone else do that?

planet10 28th December 2011 11:34 PM


I fixed the broken links in your 2nd post & restored it... you should really resize the pictures (800-1000 pixels across is a good target)


CabinetMakerRyan 28th December 2011 11:39 PM

Thanks Dave,

Also thanks for the nice pensil drawings you did for Scott's Cabinet design. They came in handy today.

planet10 29th December 2011 12:04 AM


Originally Posted by CabinetMakerRyan (
Also thanks for the nice pensil drawings you did for Scott's Cabinet design.


I'm keepin an eye on your build


buzzforb 29th December 2011 12:06 AM

Tell me wghat you think of the Vifa after hearing these:)

CabinetMakerRyan 29th December 2011 12:21 AM

Hey Buzz,

By Vifa are you referring to the one that John Busch uses in his cool OB project? If so I have not actually heard it, I just thought it looked like a good one for his design.

I will be able to directly compare these to my baffle mounted magnepan MMGW's and a bunch of 3" tangband projects. I may cart them to a few friends houses and pit them against their commercial speakers and some of my passed on projects.

I have a 12" peerless XLS subwoofer that uses the matching passive radiator driven by a 500W Bash plate amp to help out with the really low notes. I will XO the pensils around 40-60 depending on their performance. For a few weeks the XO will be at 120 for a while to let them break in really easy.

Looking forward to some REAL full range speakers. My dipole stuff can only get down to 150hz and that's with very heavy dsp adjustment. Everyone seems to think it sounds great but I know the sub is doing way too much of the work and imaging suffers.

buzzforb 29th December 2011 12:27 AM

I eagerly await you impression and commend your fine woodworking skills. I tried raw figured maple on my Pensils anf they turned out pretty well, with the exception of some small splits.

CabinetMakerRyan 29th December 2011 12:32 AM

Thank you I worked really hard on getting these to look good. The beveled edges help the look of the cabinet a lot I think. I made the mistake of routing the bevel before veneering. I would recommend veneering the sides and front and then routing the bevels for next time. Then use edge tape or veneer strips that are not much bigger than the bevel and it would be much easier than all the extra sanding I was doing.

CabinetMakerRyan 29th December 2011 12:38 AM


You made your cabinets out of solid maple?

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