I'm planning to build a pair of GR Super-Vs, but I really go nuts over figured hardwoods, and my dad makes musical instruments so I have a good wood source.
Is making the baffle out of solid hardwood a bad idea? I know the Orions are solid hardwood, and the latest version magnet-mounts the mid driver to decouple it from the baffle. I don't know if Danny's P-Audio driver can be magnet-mounted, considering it's coax... but maybe some kind of rear basket mounting? Then maybe I could do a thinner baffle.
I could also just mount the driver the standard way (straight to the baffle), and use 1.5" or 2" thick hardwood for the baffle. Is a piece of solid wood this thick going to significantly color the sound? I thought OB speakers were not supposed to be as dependent on construction material, but I really don't want to bugger the cabinet design and turn it into a vibrating musical instrument.
Also, what about the side panels and bass baffle? I'm open to using MDF/ply for the subwoofer frame, but can I do hardwood for the side panels? Do those matter much in terms of acoustic re-radiation?