J&F Wood Products, custom group buy enclosures.

After having dealt with several other companies trying to get some custom cabinets built and it not working out for one reason or another, I finally came across J&F Wood Products, located in Riverside, California.

What I encountered was a level of professionalism I don't often find with vendors. And to top it off, J&F has over three decades of experience building just loudspeaker enclosures and have made enclosures for some of the most well known brands in the US.

I got to thinking of DIYers here and asked Adolfo what sort of minimum order he would require to build custom enclosures for a DIY group buy. He said he would want a minimum order of 16 enclosures provided the enclosures were identical for left and right channels, or 16 of each if left and right channels were different.

Check them out:

http://www.jandfwood.com

Disclaimer: I have no financial ties with J&F. I'm just an extremely satisfied customer.
 

eriksquires

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2013-05-10 4:11 pm
Did you talk to the esteemed Mr. Taylor at Taylor Speakers?

He made my custom cabinets for a really great price. They were based on others, but required different treatment, different tweeter and woofer. I think at the end of the day I paid $250 over similar cabinets.

Was forced to purchase 2 though. :D

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Erik
 

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Did you talk to the esteemed Mr. Taylor at Taylor Speakers?

He made my custom cabinets for a really great price. They were based on others, but required different treatment, different tweeter and woofer. I think at the end of the day I paid $250 over similar cabinets.

Was forced to purchase 2 though. :D

Edit: OOPS! Just realized you said Taylor, not Tyler. My bad. No, I did not talk to Taylor. I talked to Ty at Tyler Acoustics.

Yes, I spoke to Ty. Hell of a nice guy. But he just wanted to make his own loudspeakers.

He suggested I call and talk to Peter at PBN Audio, who make the Montana line of speakers as well as enclosures for other loudspeaker manufacturers.

I had a very nice initial conversation with Peter, and once I gave him what he needed to give me a quote, said he'd have the quote for me on Monday or Tuesday of the following week.

Well, Monday and Tuesday came and went and I heard nothing. So on Thursday I decided to give him a call. Whereas on my previous calls, the phone was answered by the second ring, this time it rang and rang until it went to their answering machine.

Ok. This was the Thursday before Christmas, so maybe they took off a day early or something.

So I tried again several times the following week with the same result. I thought ok, maybe they're taking the whole week off between Christmas and New Years. But just for fun, I had a friend of mine try giving them a call.

The phone was picked up on the first ring.

When my friend said he was associated with me, the woman who answered the phone seemed a bit taken aback. She said Peter wouldn't be in the office until late that evening. My friend said that's no problem, have Peter call me. She said that she would.

Needless to say I never heard another word from Peter.

Hey, if you don't want to make cabinets for me, fine. Just say so, like Ty did. I can respect that. But to lead me on and then just ignore me and hope I get the hint and go away is just plain sleazy and unprofessional.

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eriksquires

Member
2013-05-10 4:11 pm
Thanks, Erik. I'll keep that in mind. Nice to know there are some other good guys out there. But for now I'm sticking with J&F. Have the production prototype due here on Monday. Can't wait!

se

When you said "group buy" I assumed you meant they had a minimum that was greater than two. Did I misunderstand?

I wonder if they'll route my Dayton cabinet faces, since I can't seem to do that without ruining them. :)

Erik
 
When you said "group buy" I assumed you meant they had a minimum that was greater than two. Did I misunderstand?

You understood correctly. Their minimum would be 16 cabinets if the cabinets are identical for left and right channels or 32 total if they are different.

They will be doing production quantities for me, so before they start production, they are building a single production prototype to make sure everything is ok. And I'm paying a premium for that single unit.

I wonder if they'll route my Dayton cabinet faces, since I can't seem to do that without ruining them. :)

They probably would, but likely for a lot more than you'd be wanting to pay.

What exactly needs to be done?

se
 
This post is important to show how to do business and how the industry works, in relation to the diy semi-professional world or "prosumer" products. It helps a lot to deal in the field (small-business) with professionalism and ethics, I agree, that's what makes it great to establish a strong ground in our social-network for future endeavours and working ralationships.
 
Nothing really complicated. I'm building a kit for the public domain and I need a Dayton baffle routed for a tweeter and the odd-shaped Peerless 5 1/2" woofers.

Best,

Erik

If you have a router you can cut a new baffle out of 3/4" MDF and oversize the dimensions by about 1/4 in each direction. Carefully drill and rebate the holes for the screws that attach the baffle to the cabinet and then screw down the mdf to the cabinet front. Finally, use a trim bit to cut the edges flush to the cabinet. Alternately, you can just measure very, very carefully and cut once (when you cut the baffle) using the Dayton baffle blank as a template, e.g. to set the fence on a table saw.

If you don't have a router, you should get one... it will likely be about the same cost to have a couple of custom cut jobs done.