A Technique for Generating Curved Speaker Cabinets

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I understand the above needs a nice coat of veneer.  Lets get past that, and examine the shape.  There are multiple benefits to a curved speaker cabinet.  They are excellent at reducing visual impact of an object.  Take a look at your laptop, notice the sides are curved.  It makes what would be an oversized object, look a little thinner.  The same is applicable here.

Now, more importantly than the pure asthetics of the shape, for our purposes, is making the shape.

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First thing is a guide to be used hereafter.  All of the edges must be the same.  Roughly cut a piece of MDF with a Jigsaw, then threw a piece of hardboard on there to smooth it out.

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Used a router with and edge trim bit and the guide to cut the top and bottom of the speaker. They are now nice and equal.

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Clamped the majority of the box together.  Notice the backplate has been cut on the saw to the same angle as the back edge of the top and bottom.  Gives a nice continuous edge.

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Now this, utilized hardboard.  4 layers on each side.  Copious amounts of glue between each layer.  Used a trim router bit to get everything flush after days upon days of waiting for glue to dry.

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There’s the end result.  Had to throw some filler in a few of the mistakes that occurred.  They’ll be veneered over, when I get to it.

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Getting a little elaborate in rounding over the front edge.

 

 

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End result.  Shows how effective the rounding can be in reducing visual impact.  The speaker is a Statement II, the design can be found over at SpeakerDesignWorks.com.