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Randy in Caintuck 23rd July 2017 11:47 PM

Two Tone Betsy
 
I finally got around to completing something that has been on the drawing board for the past several months .....

https://www.randallrash.com/web_imag...tone_small.JPG

The baffles are made from Cambia ash hardwood ..... the center section is the normal coloration and the outside sections have been "thermally modified" by the supplier to darken them. The finish is linseed oil / beeswax.

Larger photo here.

I have plans in the future to offer some additional two tone baffles using various hardwoods ..... some of them "exotic" ..... :)

Happy listening,
Randy

cipriano 26th July 2017 01:51 AM

Wow, that looks amazing!

Randy, I got those sapele flatpaks all done and I learned one thing: compared to plywood, hardwood is quite unforgiving of being torqued wrong. In mounting the baffle to the base I cracked the sapele for about 3-4" above the center screw. I was pretty bummed out, but I highly doubt it will effect the sound at all.

Randy in Caintuck 26th July 2017 08:58 PM

Hi cipriano,

Wow .... I am so sorry to hear that ..... :(

Before I ship a flat pack kit, I run the mounting screws through the baffle into the base to make sure everything fits properly and to create a "pilot hole" in all of the components.

When I assemble a "prebuilt" pair of speakers, I use Gorilla wood glue between the back of the baffle and the poplar base and my cordless driver has a torque adjustment that just snugs up the head of the screw inside the mounting hole in the baffle.

Right now, I have a couple of potential customers who want flat packs in Sapele and your experience has convinced me to pass on the sales unless they are willing to change their orders to one of the plywoods that I normally offer for flat packs.

I think you are correct that the crack in the baffle will not affect the sound, but the thought of an unhappy customer is something I do not take lightly.

Please email me at my company address on my website and we will work something out ..... :)

Best wishes,
Randy

cipriano 27th July 2017 02:05 AM

Hey Randy,
This is actually Nathan from UT.

I could look closely all day and not see where the splits/cracks occurred. And really it was my fault, I was trying to do it too fast. If I had slowly drilled the screws in, working them each in 1/4" at a time it would have been fine.

And the splits in the Sapele didn't reach the speaker cutout, so I think structurally they are good. I'll send a picture when my drives arrive.

Randy in Caintuck 27th July 2017 05:37 PM

Hi Nathan,


I knew who you were, but never refer to anyone on a forum by their real name without their permission ..... ; )


I'm happy to hear that the crack isn't visible ..... that would not be acceptable to me ..... : (


Looking forward to photos when your speakers are completed.


Best wishes,
Randy

d to the g 28th July 2017 03:00 AM

Secret names! ��

Randy in Caintuck 28th July 2017 12:51 PM

To protect the innocent ..... :D


Happy listening,
Randy


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