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2 pi's [message #94998] Sun, 26 December 2021 15:12 Go to next message
johnnycamp5 is currently offline  johnnycamp5
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I'm always looking for an excuse to build a pair of speakers. I really enjoy it.

I had built some quick, rough 1 pi's for my sister and brother in law, to replace a pair of scrappy little HT in a box mains that were each about 2" square lol.

They were gobsmacked at how great they sounded, compared to their tiny little low sensitivity mains!
I ran them in at my place first, and I was also astounded at how great they sounded. This enticed me (gave me an excuse) to build myself a pair of two pi's for my office Laughing

The kits are on back order, this gave me plenty of time to start building the enclosures and have them ready to stuff the components in once they arrive.
This time around I decided to use some cherry veneer I've had laying around for a while, instead of my typical black racing stripe down the middle-

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Next is to cut out the holes for the ports,
Then stain and polyurethane, and the cabinet stuffing.

If you can see the pics closely, you'll notice these enclosures are far from perfect. I really love building things for friends and family. Having them appear hand made is completely acceptable, vs. the perfect and flawless look that most paying customers would demand.

I'm also going to build 12" tall (approx.) speaker stands for these out of concrete,
using bucket bottoms and some 3" schedule 40 PVC pipe for forms.
More pictures to come....

Merry Christmas!
Re: 2 pi's [message #94999 is a reply to message #94998] Sun, 26 December 2021 20:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Barryso is currently offline  Barryso
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They are looking great!
Re: 2 pi's [message #95000 is a reply to message #94999] Mon, 27 December 2021 06:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rusty is currently offline  Rusty
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They don't look very rough hewn to me. Great woodworking. A lot of fine craftsmen around here from the pictures I've seen of builds. Which I love to see. So keep em coming.
In your last picture Johnnycamp, the grey back pack device I couldn't figure for a short while. I thought maybe it was a jetpack you could fly around in. I see it's a blower though. Safer probably.
Re: 2 pi's [message #95001 is a reply to message #94998] Mon, 27 December 2021 06:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
johnnycamp5 is currently offline  johnnycamp5
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Thanks fellas!

Yes it's an Ego backpack blower.

I switched to a battery mower a couple years ago, less hassle and my yard is quite small.
Had needed a leaf blower and this one uses the same battery type so it made sense.
Re: 2 pi's [message #95003 is a reply to message #94998] Mon, 27 December 2021 09:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham is currently offline  Wayne Parham
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Wow! Awesome! Love the two-tone wood!
Re: 2 pi's [message #95031 is a reply to message #94998] Tue, 04 January 2022 16:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
grindstone is currently offline  grindstone
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What they said. I like them a lot. Thanks for posting.
Re: 2 pi's [message #95032 is a reply to message #94998] Tue, 04 January 2022 22:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
johnnycamp5 is currently offline  johnnycamp5
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Got a chance to slap some stain on them-

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Next I'll get some satin clear on em...
Re: 2 pi's [message #95033 is a reply to message #94998] Tue, 04 January 2022 23:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
johnnycamp5 is currently offline  johnnycamp5
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To temporarily derail my own thread...

I had the week off between Christmas and the new year, so I decided to use up some left over job material (thin brick) for our media/listening room (basement).

Only had enough to do the front corners so I flanked them out with mortar cement- thin set mix. The walls gotta be flat or the thin brick will look bad!

Honestly laying regular brick is quicker and easier (for me), but of course heavier and takes up much more space.

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Re: 2 pi's [message #95034 is a reply to message #94998] Tue, 04 January 2022 23:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
johnnycamp5 is currently offline  johnnycamp5
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And after mortar joints (grouting) and cap stone (limestone) it looks like this-
Try to see past the panel absorbers, I'll probably move those...

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The mortar joints are still quite dark in these pics as it was still quite wet.
They've dried to the typical light gray color you would expect to see with mortar (Portland) cement.

If you look closely at the joints you'll see it's not a typical "concave" joint.
These have a fine line in the middle. Back here in the northeast we call this a "grapevine joint".
It's just the tooling in the handheld jointer that makes the line. I prefer to use it over a standard (concave) jointer especially when the mortar joints are a bit larger than normal (which these were).
It can help to hide a rather large (and perhaps ugly) mortar joint lol.
Re: 2 pi's [message #95035 is a reply to message #95034] Wed, 05 January 2022 08:46 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
Wayne Parham is currently offline  Wayne Parham
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Excellent! Such nice work! I'll bet it sounds incredible. Going to make a fantastic media room!!!
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