Pat's DIY Speaker Finishing:

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Welcome to my DIY speaker finishing page. After a year or two in the making, I finally decided to put a finish on my DIY speakers (with an emphasis on a 5 channel home theater speaker setup. I have links above to the webpges regarding the construction and design of the speakers:

I'm just going to show the overall process for the Sun Twos, but I did the same process with the other speakers as well. Once you see it once, no need to show the rest of the photos for the other speakers.

Navigational Hint: When you click on your first picture link, don't close the window, I've designed it so that you can leave that window open, and you can click to your heart's content, and the images will only show up in that one other window. This should also speed up your visit here. So just open up my web pages, and leave the picture window open, it'll seem like the photos just magically appear as you click about the page here.

Painting of the cabinent fronts and backs

The prep work for painting is always a pain, and so is the wait for paint to dry. I followed the alloted drying times on the paint can directions:

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Veneering the sides

This was my first time veneering, so I was apprehensive. I used to "dried glue/iron on" method. The glue must be totally dried on both surfaces, else the wet glue will stick together, and you can't adjust the placement of the piece of veneer easily. I used two 24"x96" sheets of red oak 10mm thick paper-backed veneer. It was tricky to figure out exactly how much veneer I needed, and making sure the grain of the veneer would run as I had planned. This does require some planning to get the most without wasting veneer. As it turned out 2 sheets would be just the right amount for 5 speakers (4 sides veneered on each). Using a veneer trim bit require getting the right cut depth set, this required experimentation to get it right. But once it's set, you're good to go for the rest of the veneering trimming.

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Applying wood dye to veneer

After playing around with wood stains, I never found a red enough stain, so I went with using wood dye to give the veneer the color I wanted. I used Woodburst wood dye (Bing Cherry is the color that I liked the best) that I got from a local Wood Craft store, they have a website as well. For the 1st coat I used a paper towel to apply the dye. This step took about 3 days to finish the 1st coat, and then I ran out of wood dye and had to wait a week or so to get more from the store (ordering from their website would have taken just as long). The 2nd coat also took 3 days, and I used Q-Tips to apply the dye to get into the places I missed with the paper towel application of the wood dye. This took slow and steady patience to find all the little crevices missing wood dye on the first go-around. It was worth it to do the second coat of dye to fill in the cracks and get a deeper, richer final color on the veneer.

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Applying polyurethane for the final shiny finish

I used MinWax Wipe On Polyurethane (Clear Gloss - for a nice shiny coat). I applied 4 coats of the polyurethane (waiting 3-4 hours per coat, and overnight for the final coat to dry). This took about 5-6 days to finish up. You can't really hurry this step, so don't even try.

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That's it! All done! Hope you enjoyed the finishing tour for my DIY speakers.

Last revised on 12-02-2002.

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