Reluctant woodworker builds Silbatones

I've only tried to build speakers from the ground up once before. IIRC, about twelve or so years ago, I tried what I thought was a simple cabinet design for a pair of small Fostexes. It did not go well. The project--which I've since dubbed my "pioneer" speakers, because they looked like something the pioneers would have built, though maybe that's an insult to pioneers--ended with me chucking the things off of my back deck in frustration.

All of that is to say that I'm no woodworker. So when I acquired a pair of 755Cs, I did it thinking that I'd pay someone to build Silbatone cabs. And I did think hard about it, knowing that whatever I built would be sort of hard for me to look at without noting their imperfections. But these days I'm aiming for a little more self-reliance and a little less perfectionism, so I found a pretty good deal on our local CL for a table saw and gave it a shot.

Some things I didn't do so well, but I didn't hurt myself and I also didn't throw them off of my back deck. Still waiting for some wire and some cabinet lining before I'll be able to give them a listen. And I'll eventually put some kind of finish on the wood.

Mainly, I wanted to post here to say thanks to J-ROB, Stefano Bae, and the Silbatone crew for the design and making it available. And thanks to je2a3 for publicizing it on his excellent blog, without which I wouldn't have known about it.

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I was joking recently that at this point in my life I sort of wish I’d taken shop instead of calculus.

I have no confidence either. Previously, I would’ve appealed to a woodworker friend to build them for me, but I don’t live near any woodworker friends anymore. So I guess some of my decision to do it felt like necessity.
 

Redboy

Knobophobe
Hey, they look pretty good to me! Nice work on those. Have you had a chance to listen to them at all yet, or are you still waiting on stuffin'?
 
Hey, they look pretty good to me! Nice work on those. Have you had a chance to listen to them at all yet, or are you still waiting on stuffin'?

Still waiting on the stuffin’ and wire. Gonna try some silver plated stranded copper first. Both are scheduled for Saturday.
 
I still need to try that with my Pioneer PIM-8 drivers. I have the table saw, just not the confidence level.
This does not have to be a difficult enclosure to build. The construction could be made much simpler if the corner joints were "single rabbet" joints rather than the miter joints as done by Watt. The rabbet joints look quite nice when using a quality Baltic birch plywood. Miter joints are pretty unforgiving of inaccurate cuts.


Hmmm. I have a pair of PIMs and the Lafayette SK98s. And several sheets of Baltic birch plywood. And a table saw and a router (or two).

John
 
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ejfud

Junior Member
Nice looking pair of PIMs on the bay I’ve been eyeballing, but I’ve have to many projects, maybe.
 
This does not have to be a difficult enclosure to build. The construction could be made much simpler if the corner joints were "single rabbet" joints rather than the miter joints as done by Watt. The rabbet joints look quite nice when using a quality Baltic birch plywood. Miter joints are pretty unforgiving to inaccurate cuts.


Hmmm. I have a pair of PIMs and the Lafayette SK98s. And several sheets of Baltic birch plywood. And a table saw and a router (or two).

John

Good point. If I were to build them again (and I would if I had some PIM or SK drivers!) I’d use this joint.

A good router is a very satisfying thing. Never thought I’d think so, but there it is.
 

ejfud

Junior Member
This does not have to be a difficult enclosure to build. The construction could be made much simpler if the corner joints were "single rabbet" joints rather than the miter joints as done by Watt. The rabbet joints look quite nice when using a quality Baltic birch plywood. Miter joints are pretty unforgiving to inaccurate cuts.


Hmmm. I have a pair of PIMs and the Lafayette SK98s. And several sheets of Baltic birch plywood. And a table saw and a router (or two).

John

Do it!
 
Nice looking pair of PIMs on the bay I’ve been eyeballing, but I’ve have to many projects, maybe.

Pretty sure I know the ones of which you speak.

Trying not to let my enthusiasm outrun my abilities or time. But I may give in, so jump on em. 🙂
 
Regarding those PIMs on eBay. The attachment of the inner cones to the outer cones looks quite nice in the picture. There is a spot at about "7 o'clock on the left hand speaker that looks a tad suspect. It could be a bit of dust or a weak spot in the roll of the cone. I would have the seller do a close up shot of that area with lighting behind the speaker.

The price of PIMs seem to have shot up rather dramatically over the years.
 
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