Altec 2 Way Build ala JELabs - 802/32/414

I used 3/4" MDO plywood. Paper Back Birch Veneer, Heat activated Veneer Glue and the Most Important piece 2" radius 1/4 round plywood. The adhere the veneer you apply glue to the substrate and veneer. Let dry and then use a Household iron and iron away. I get my veneer and glue from veneersupplies.com.
 

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The Finish started off with 3 applications of a Alcohol Anline dye. A mix of Honey Amber and Medium Brown Dye. Then Came 8+ coats of Dewaxed Amber Shellac that was hand rubbed/sanded between each coat. The final Process was to use 0000 steel wool with wax and rub the cabinet down to give it a silky smooth satin shine.
 

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Salectric

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John, Thank you for the detailed description and the photos of the construction. The cabinets are clearly a first class job. Congrats!

I have two questions:

What is the dark edging material? Ebony perhaps?

What type of footer or base did you use to elevate the cabinet off the floor?
 
John, Thank you for the detailed description and the photos of the construction. The cabinets are clearly a first class job. Congrats!

I have two questions:

What is the dark edging material? Ebony perhaps?

What type of footer or base did you use to elevate the cabinet off the floor?
The black edge banding is just wood filler/putty that is sanded smooth and painted with satin black paint.

The side panels sit in a routed out groove and then it's glued and nailed.

The base is just 3/4" MDO plywood pieces with glued and screwed corner blocks in the corners for strength. The base is screwed to the bottom of the cabinet.
 

mred

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Pretty amazing cabinet work )
Thank you for sharing , you give me inspirations to learn and try to improve my wood skills.
Absolutely beautiful work.
 
Thanks for posting.

WE 753- My all time favorite monitor.

Love the removable grills. Very clever.
The cabinets I built for myself had the slats glued and non removable just like the WE753. JE wanted to be able to remove the grills so I went thru a few different designs and the final was the best cosmetically and practicality. I used 1/4" MDF board from Home Depot with Parts Express grill guides(the small ones).
 
Some stats about Myself:

I don't consider myself a Audiophile
I'm a Vintagephile/DIY'er
Asthetics play a big part in my selection process of Vintage equipment purchases and DIY builds
Most of my system listening is 90% standing or moving around in the room 10% sitting in my listening chair.
Been in the hobby for 10yrs and DIY from day 1. I love the challenge of building and trying to replicate stuff I couldn't afford or never want to
pay astronomical price for.
I believe in using the best parts up to a certain price. Diminishing Returns!
Having Fun!!
 

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Bravo! A really nice job on those speakers!

I'm in the process of building the salectric version and am timetabled to build the cabinets this weekend, I kind of wish I'd seen these before as I'd love to have something similar.

I originally had the same setup published on the jelabs blog a few years back, with the 414 and 32 horn on top. The two problems I had were that I found bass a bit lacking and my wife hated the look of it, I bet she would love these cabinets though.
 

Salectric

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Nice work RCA Nut!

Seeing all these photos has me thinking about improving the appearance of my own cabinets. My version of the WE 753 uses a Jensen 15" instead of the 414, but the cabinet is very similar to the photos posted the last couple days. I used roughly the same dimensions as the 753 and I used a vent instead of a sealed cabinet. However, I chose to leave the drivers and horn exposed rather that use a grill. I still like that look so I will probably use the same veneer on the front as well as sides and top. Probably maple.
 
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