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post #31 of 55 Old 02-09-14, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Epik 15" DIY Ported Subwoofer

Added one side today and flush trimmed both top and side. Tried flush trim router bit to remove excess material and didn't like results, left a more jagged edge than I'd expected. Achieved better results by flipping subwoofer over and using utility knife to cut away excess, flip back over and sand gently.

So far I'm happy with the results since I've never done this before. Some things I've learned are adding the quarter round to the face before veneer was a mistake. I now have to perfectly mate the quarter round to the veneer sheets I'm adding which is a pain. Also, my pre-painted black box is smearing when veneering/sanding, making it a challenge to keep the light maple veneer clean.


A pic waiting for contact cement to dry ...

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... and two sides installed and trimmed

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Re: Epik 15" DIY Ported Subwoofer

Second side attached and trimmed. One step closer.

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Re: Epik 15" DIY Ported Subwoofer

Attached the front face veneer today. Happy to say I didn't ruin the sub during veneer installation process.

Ordered General Finishes Stain and Urethane from Rockler, hopefully here by next weekend to continue project.


Taped off areas didn't want to contact cement ...
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Installed full sheet veneer, then cutaway port opening and edges against quarter-round with razor knife ...
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Drilled a hole in driver opening and used flush trim router bit to cutaway circle ...
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A little bit of sanding with 220 grit and hole cutout is clean ...
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And the finished product ready for stain ...
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Re: Epik 15" DIY Ported Subwoofer

Not finished yet but in the process of the final topcoats. Wife and I decided on a dark espresso stain.

Here are a couple of pics after 4 coats of General Finishes Java Gel Stain and 4 coats of Arm R Seal Satin urethane topcoat, still wet in these photos.

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Re: Epik 15" DIY Ported Subwoofer

Stain and clearcoat are finished. Amp and driver installed.

Quick test shows it is functional with new BASH500 amp. I did notice a thump from the subwoofer when the amp auto shutdown switched over. I don't recall reading about this behavior with the BASH500 and never had this with the original amp.

Is this normal for this amplifier?

I still need to add the mounting hardware for the front grill cover but I have to buy some dowel centers first to properly align.

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Re: Epik 15" DIY Ported Subwoofer

I like that finish. I was thinking Piano black for mine but I like the look of the espresso.
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Wow, that espresso is dark! It looks really nice, great job with the veneer. Tough to tell in the photos, but is the grain still visible in the finished product?

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Wow, that espresso is dark! It looks really nice, great job with the veneer. Tough to tell in the photos, but is the grain still visible in the finished product?
Barely.

It is certainly a bit darker than the wife and I expected. Likely a by-product of using gel stain which is a bit of a hybrid product somewhere between paint and stain.

Early feedback from the wife is she's not loving the color and therefore, this subwoofer may have a satin black finish in its future.
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where did you get that veneer?
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where did you get that veneer?
Local paneling/ceilings/floors store in my area.

http://www.lipanel.com/

But I think it is pretty similar to the paper-backed stuff you can get from parts-express.
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