Anyone have any pics of completed black Formica enclosures?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by TerryC, Mar 8, 2001.

  1. TerryC

    TerryC Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 1999
    Messages:
    219
    Likes Received:
    0
    Would like to see how they turned out. Feel free to email them to me as well if their not on the web. Any response is very appreciated!
    Thanks
    Terry
     
  2. Ken Cline

    Ken Cline Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    0
    Here are some of my pics. Formica on all sides except for the front. Front baffle is Padauk, an exotic wood. Finish is natural Watco(wet sanded).
    [​IMG]
    Here are some others:
    http://fp.geocities.com/ken_cline/audax1.jpg
    http://fp.geocities.com/ken_cline/audax3b.jpg
    http://fp.geocities.com/ken_cline/audax4.jpg
    http://fp.geocities.com/ken_cline/audax7.jpg
    http://fp.geocities.com/ken_cline/audax5.jpg
    http://fp.geocities.com/ken_cline/audax6.jpg
    ------------------
    Ken Cline - Home Theater Fanatic
    ken_cline@yahoo.com
    Friends Don't Let Friends Watch Crap!
    www.dvdtracker.com/~kencline.asp
     
  3. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1999
    Messages:
    38,643
    Likes Received:
    416
    Ken, FYI: to get your Geocities photo files to show up, replace "www" with "fp" in the URL of the photo files.
    BTW, your speakers look awesome!
    Here are your "clickable" links:
    http://fp.geocities.com/ken_cline/audax1.jpg http://fp.geocities.com/ken_cline/audax3b.jpg http://fp.geocities.com/ken_cline/audax4.jpg http://fp.geocities.com/ken_cline/audax7.jpg http://fp.geocities.com/ken_cline/audax5.jpg
    http://fp.geocities.com/ken_cline/audax6.jpg
    IIRC, I know Brian Steele made some nice sealed subs with the formica laminate.
    ------------------
    PatCave ; HT Pix ; Gear ; Sunosub I + III ; DVDs ; LDs
     
  4. Ken Cline

    Ken Cline Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    0
    That's strange. I've never had a problem with that before.
    ------------------
    Ken Cline - Home Theater Fanatic
    ken_cline@yahoo.com
    Friends Don't Let Friends Watch Crap!
    www.dvdtracker.com/~kencline.asp
     
  5. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1999
    Messages:
    38,643
    Likes Received:
    416
    Ken, it's a recent development with Geocities. I have lots of stuff on Geocities, and had to change all the "www"s to "fp"s, so that's why I know about this change.
    ------------------
    PatCave ; HT Pix ; Gear ; Sunosub I + III ; DVDs ; LDs
     
  6. Jack Gilvey

    Jack Gilvey Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 1999
    Messages:
    4,952
    Likes Received:
    0
  7. Hank Frankenberg

    Hank Frankenberg Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 1998
    Messages:
    2,573
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ken, beautiful work! Doncha just love that Watco Danish oil finish? That's what I use on my rosewood veneer.
    Patrick: so that's how to get geocities picture files to come up?! I tried for two frustrating weeks to make it work. I finally had to build a web page with their page builder. My photos are low res on there, so I may start over, but I'll try one picture this new way. Thanks.
     
  8. Hank Frankenberg

    Hank Frankenberg Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 1998
    Messages:
    2,573
    Likes Received:
    0
  9. Hank Frankenberg

    Hank Frankenberg Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 1998
    Messages:
    2,573
    Likes Received:
    0
  10. Eric M L

    Eric M L Extra

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2000
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hank....it works if you add the .jpg extension to your sub3 filename.
    OK, ya beat me to it! [​IMG]
     
  11. Patrick Sun

    Patrick Sun Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1999
    Messages:
    38,643
    Likes Received:
    416
    Hank, yep, I read about this Geocities work-around in the forum feedback section, and proceeded to do a "find-and-replace" on all my DIY sub photos on my webpages pointing to Geocities. Saved me the hassle of creating webpages that sit on Geocities for now. [​IMG]
    ------------------
    PatCave ; HT Pix ; Gear ; Sunosub I + III ; DVDs ; LDs
     
  12. TerryC

    TerryC Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 1999
    Messages:
    219
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ken looks great!
    I ordered some from home Depot today. Ordered vertical grade Formica brand 190 black super gloss for 0.98 a square foot but can only order it in 4 X 10 sheets, not bad $39.20 a sheet. Much less expensive than I thought it was going to be.
    Thanks for the pics, look for my sub in the next couple of weeks.
    Terry
     
  13. Robert Cozine

    Robert Cozine Auditioning

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2000
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have a question for Ken. Your speakers look great, by the way. Can you give any construction suggestions? Did you put the front baffle on after applying and routing the laminate? I'm curious as to how you managed to keep from scratching the laminate.
    Thanks,
    Robert Cozine
     
  14. TerryC

    TerryC Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 1999
    Messages:
    219
    Likes Received:
    0
  15. Jack Gilvey

    Jack Gilvey Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 1999
    Messages:
    4,952
    Likes Received:
    0
  16. Brian Steeves

    Brian Steeves Second Unit

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2000
    Messages:
    326
    Likes Received:
    0
    Terry,
    Are U the one that emailed me asking about pics of my subs? If you are I tried sending them to you but got a non=deliverable message.
    Anyway here are a few...
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  17. TerryC

    TerryC Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 1999
    Messages:
    219
    Likes Received:
    0
    Brian,
    Yep that was me, yours was the first one that came to mind do to the excellent job you did. Thanks for posting them! Your old web host no longer had them when I tried to reference it. Thanks again.
    Terry
    PS-Any with the grill on?
     
  18. CRyan

    CRyan Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 1999
    Messages:
    1,244
    Likes Received:
    0
    What was the cutting method employed for the laminate? The edges look really clean and wondered how this was done? Router, table saw with extra fine blade, or some other method. Also, what did you use to sand the edges of the newly cut formica?
    Thanks for any input.
    C. Ryan
     
  19. Jack Gilvey

    Jack Gilvey Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 1999
    Messages:
    4,952
    Likes Received:
    0
  20. Ken Cline

    Ken Cline Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks for all the compliments
    The Formica sheet I got was the postforming(vertical application) variety. It's .020" thick. The color is 909 polished. Formica supposedly makes a color through grade(according to their website), but, when my building center(Ganahl Lumber) tried to order it they(Formica) didn't seem to know anything about it. It may be a special order, I don't know.
    The Formica comes with clear plastic to help prevent scratches. Keep this on as long as you can. Before you trim each piece fold back the protective plastic a bit and run a piece of masking tape along the edge. This will allow the router bit bearing to contact the masking tape and prevent any damage to the laminate.
    The Formica was applied to all sides except on the front. I applied the back first, then the sides, then top & bottom. You apply one side at a time with contact cement. Trim the laminate, then go on to the next one.
    If you can get your hands on a laminate trimmer, I highly recommend it. Although a standard router will do, a laminate router is alot easier to control.
    After all the laminate trimming was done I applied the oversize(1/4" overhang) piece of Padauk. I used yellow glue for this and 6 bar clamps(with protective pads). 24 hours later, I trimmed the Padauk with a flush trimming bit in my standard router.
    [​IMG]
    When the all the trimming was done, I then routed all the cutouts/recesses for the drivers. I know what you're thinking, what if you make a mistake? Yeah, that's scared me too. But I have enough experience making these cutouts I'm pretty comfortable that I won't make a mistake. I made my own adjustable circle cutter from a salvaged Craftsman circle jig. It works great on my Porter Cable plunge router.
    A note about Padauk. I absolutely love this wood, it's beautiful. It also comes in some pretty wide pieces, which is nice since I don't have to glue-up pieces. I purchased an 8'x 10" piece from Rockler, they even have wider pieces. The wood is also very stable, not much cupping or bowing.
    ------------------
    Ken Cline - Home Theater Fanatic
    ken_cline@yahoo.com
    Friends Don't Let Friends Watch Crap!
    www.dvdtracker.com/~kencline.asp
     

Share This Page