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Anyone have any pics of completed black Formica enclosures?


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#1 of 23 OFFLINE   TerryC

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Posted March 07 2001 - 07:24 PM

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!

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#2 of 23 OFFLINE   Ken Cline

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Posted March 08 2001 - 12:20 AM

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).

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Here are some others:
http://fp.geocities....line/audax1.jpg
http://fp.geocities....ine/audax3b.jpg
http://fp.geocities....line/audax4.jpg
http://fp.geocities....line/audax7.jpg
http://fp.geocities....line/audax5.jpg
http://fp.geocities....line/audax6.jpg

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#3 of 23 ONLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted March 08 2001 - 12:27 AM

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....line/audax1.jpg http://fp.geocities....ine/audax3b.jpg http://fp.geocities....line/audax4.jpg http://fp.geocities....line/audax7.jpg http://fp.geocities....line/audax5.jpg
http://fp.geocities....line/audax6.jpg

IIRC, I know Brian Steele made some nice sealed subs with the formica laminate.

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#4 of 23 OFFLINE   Ken Cline

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Posted March 08 2001 - 12:32 AM

That's strange. I've never had a problem with that before.

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#5 of 23 ONLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted March 08 2001 - 12:53 AM

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.


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#6 of 23 OFFLINE   Jack Gilvey

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Posted March 08 2001 - 03:31 AM

Those are beautiful, Ken.

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#7 of 23 OFFLINE   Hank Frankenberg

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Posted March 08 2001 - 05:03 AM

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 of 23 OFFLINE   Hank Frankenberg

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Posted March 08 2001 - 05:11 AM

So this is how to post from geocities? http://fp.geocities.com/hankbond1/sub3

#9 of 23 OFFLINE   Hank Frankenberg

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Posted March 08 2001 - 05:16 AM

Ahhh....correction: http://fp.geocities....kbond1/sub3.jpg

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Posted March 08 2001 - 05:16 AM

Hank....it works if you add the .jpg extension to your sub3 filename.

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Posted March 08 2001 - 06:00 AM

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. Posted Image

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#12 of 23 OFFLINE   TerryC

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Posted March 08 2001 - 01:02 PM

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.

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Posted March 08 2001 - 01:08 PM

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,

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#14 of 23 OFFLINE   TerryC

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Posted March 08 2001 - 02:05 PM

Yes Ken, any suggestions or tips would be great.

I also had a reply from a guy named Scott who's speakers also turned out great: http://www.geocities...man/2way101.htm


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#15 of 23 OFFLINE   Jack Gilvey

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Posted March 08 2001 - 02:54 PM

Wow, those are great ,too. I had never considered formica...how is it to work (Ken)?

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#16 of 23 OFFLINE   Brian Steeves

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Posted March 08 2001 - 03:58 PM

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...

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#17 of 23 OFFLINE   TerryC

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Posted March 08 2001 - 04:11 PM

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

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Posted March 08 2001 - 05:55 PM

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.


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#19 of 23 OFFLINE   Jack Gilvey

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Posted March 08 2001 - 11:37 PM

Hey Terry, what happened to yer page?

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#20 of 23 OFFLINE   Ken Cline

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Posted March 09 2001 - 01:10 AM

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.

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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.

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