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Title: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Danny Richie on 18 Jun 2019, 05:15 pm
I am going to sticky this one so that it is easy to find.

Mike Lundy has been more than just a GR Research customer. Mike has been building cabinets for our customers for quite some time. He also offers our kits in a fully assembled and ready to play format. We've recommend our customers to Mike often and he has never disappointed. He does great work and delivers timely.

Here is some recent show coverage on Mike and his company Uilleam Audio. https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2019/06/05/uilleam-audio-lone-star-audio-fest-2019/

Shoot Mike a message if there is something that you are interested in. Here is his e-mail address: mlundy57@cox.net

And if Mike has built something for you then this thread is a good place to post pictures of his work and to give feedback.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 19 Jun 2019, 02:12 am
Here are pics of some of my builds:

NX-Otica monitors with dual servo subs. These are veneered in curly figured cherry.
(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=195684)


(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=195696)


(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=195689)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=195690)


X-LS Encores in a solid figured ambrosia maple over an MDF core

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=195685)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=195686)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=195687)


LGK 1.0 in crotch walnut

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=195691)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=195692)

and in walnut burl


(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=195697)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=195698)


I'll get some more pics up by this weekend.

Mike
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Tyson on 19 Jun 2019, 02:23 am
Simply beautiful.  You are a master.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: genjamon on 19 Jun 2019, 02:33 am
I need to win the lottery quick! (wish there was a drooling emoticon on AC)
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 19 Jun 2019, 02:41 am
I need to win the lottery quick! (wish there was a drooling emoticon on AC)

 :drool:   :lol:

Thanks. I'll get pics of other builds up soon

Mike
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: RonP on 23 Jun 2019, 01:57 pm
Can't wait for my build to be complete  :thumb:

Mike has been a pleasure to deal with.


patience, Ron, patience  :lol:
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: desmoface on 11 Nov 2019, 02:06 am
Whoa, these look awesome.  Would love to hear your thoughts once you receive your speakers.

Steve
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: cementhead on 12 Nov 2019, 09:44 pm
Beautiful work, Mike!
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: alanhuth on 15 Jan 2020, 03:49 am
Mike, how do you veneer around edges and corners like that?  Not that I plan on trying it, but it would be nice to know how you do it.  Beautiful work. 
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 15 Jan 2020, 06:01 pm
Mike, how do you veneer around edges and corners like that?  Not that I plan on trying it, but it would be nice to know how you do it.  Beautiful work.

Alan,

I use a veneer with a 22.2mil bubble free backer. This is thicker than the normal 10mil backer which makes it easier to roll around the edge. I also use veneer softener to make the veneer as pliable as possible.

The smaller the radius of the roundover, the harder it is to roll smoothly without cracking. I find a 3/4" radius easiest to work with.

Then I use Heat Lock glue and an iron to apply the veneer. PeterJ has a good YouTube video on how to do this.

Mike
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mr_bill on 28 Jan 2020, 06:19 pm
Mike,
Are you going to build cabinets for the new Studio Monitor from GR?
Thanks,
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Wind Chaser on 28 Jan 2020, 07:06 pm
...or even prefab kits?
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: JakeJ on 28 Jan 2020, 08:53 pm
Hey Mike,

If you don't have a full-time job you will soon! :lol:
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 1 Feb 2020, 11:20 pm
Mike,
Are you going to build cabinets for the new Studio Monitor from GR?
Thanks,

Yes. The first one might go to Lone Star this year.

...or even prefab kits?

Peter is working on flatpacks, not sure where he's at in the process.
Hey Mike,

If you don't have a full-time job you will soon! :lol:

I do have a full time job. Speaker building is evenings and weekends with time out for honey-do lists  :lol: Which is why I have a backlog.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: maty on 24 May 2020, 09:43 am
YouTube End Game DIY Audio? Whats inside the X-LS Encore!? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XMOrJ481UA) by Ron Brenay

X-LS Encore by Mike Lundy, expensive crossover

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=209412&size=huge) (https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=209412&size=huge)
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: maty on 26 May 2020, 11:16 am
YouTube X-LS Encore Review! End Game DIY Hi-Fi!? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMRkyIOTA_U) by Ron Brenay

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=209510&size=large) (https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=209510&size=huge)
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: barryso on 26 May 2020, 02:20 pm
As pretty as those pictures are the speakers look even better in real life.  Mike does great work.

He has a great sounding room at the Lone Star Audio Fest each year, too.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: maty on 26 May 2020, 06:51 pm
(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=195685&size=huge) (https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=195685&size=huge)
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: jcsperson on 26 May 2020, 06:53 pm
Somebody needs to dust off those speaker stands. Jeez.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: maty on 28 May 2020, 03:03 pm
YouTube X-LS Review | Sound Clips with Commentary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LvuYjlsMH0) by Ron Brenay

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=209590&size=large) (https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=209590&size=huge)
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: maty on 28 May 2020, 08:47 pm
New X-LS Encore build
https://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=161891.0

[ Here are the crossovers. These have been pretty much maxed out. I took them a step beyond what Shawn did with his Skiing Ninga crossovers that won the Stereo Mojo small speaker shootout. They have Sonicaps, Mills resistors, Alpha-core foil inductors, and the step above is Platinum by-pass caps in the tweeter circuits and Miflex KPCU by-pass caps in the woofer circuits. ]

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=193980&size=large) (https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=193980&size=huge)
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Tyson on 28 May 2020, 11:27 pm
Congrats Danny and Mike for getting such an incredibly positive review from New Record Day.  If you know Ron at NRD, he's not one for hyperbole but he was VERY taken with this speaker.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Hobbsmeerkat on 28 May 2020, 11:46 pm
New X-LS Encore build
https://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=161891.0

[ Here are the crossovers. These have been pretty much maxed out. I took them a step beyond what Shawn did with his Skiing Ninga crossovers that won the Stereo Mojo small speaker shootout. They have Sonicaps, Mills resistors, Alpha-core foil inductors, and the step above is Platinum by-pass caps in the tweeter circuits and Miflex KPCU by-pass caps in the woofer circuits. ]

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=193980&size=large) (https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=193980&size=huge)

Mike, are these crossovers the same as the full upgrade options that are available on the site, or have they been upgraded even further? If yes, how much would this add to the cost of the crossover over standard upgraded package?
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: maty on 29 May 2020, 04:35 pm
YouTube X-LS Review | Sound Clips with Commentary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LvuYjlsMH0) by Ron Brenay

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=209590&size=large) (https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=209590&size=huge)


(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=209632&size=large) (https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=209632&size=huge)

and... without DSP!

For a pleasant listening it is better to listen to them at an angle. For the measurement and recording with the least room effect is the right thing to do.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: maty on 9 Jun 2020, 06:54 pm
Uilleam Audio | Lone Star Audio Fest 2019
https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2019/06/05/uilleam-audio-lone-star-audio-fest-2019/

Quote
DALLAS (PTA) — Mike Lundy of Uilleam Audio is essentially a woodworking maven, who has mastered wood finishing and speaker cabinet building. Mr. Lundy builds proven open-source speaker designs to create not only a stunning looking pair of loudspeakers, but some of the best sounding speakers that real-world budgets can buy...

Mike Lundy

(https://parttimeaudiophile.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ES000152-e1559706585130.jpg)
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers - CARE IN SHIPPING
Post by: gmarks on 2 Aug 2020, 09:06 pm
There are a number of photos in this thread that show the quality of Mike Lundy's cabinet-building.

What also matters a great deal is the care he exercises in packing the finished speakers when he ships them to you. The photos here show how he packed my center channel speaker, a slightly resized version of the GR Research N3S finished in a tough flat black.

The black tape you see everywhere on the box was Gorilla Tape or something similar. I've had a lot of things shipped to me. I've never seen such sturdy, safe packaging. Kudos to Mke.

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=212685)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=212686)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=212687)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=212688)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=212689)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=212690)
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Speaker Challenged on 3 Aug 2020, 09:37 am
Gmarks, looks like Mike sent you 2 sets of cabinets. 1 for your next build.  :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Norman Tracy on 22 Dec 2020, 07:12 pm
Over on Servo Sub kits thread I posted about helping Michael move about his workshop a pair of GR Research Servo Sub Five 3 x 12” woofers stacks with the servo amp built into the base of the H-frame. Not available to tag along for the long weekend 20+ hours of driving delivery run I implored Michael to take pictures. Here are the results, must say I am blown away.


(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=218286)

Back view on workbench prior to No Rez install.

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=218285)

Woofer closeup backside prior to No Rez install.

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=218623)

Woofer closeup frontside after No Rez install. Notice the care taken trimming the No Rez to size.

Now the results in the client's system. The system (of which I am a bit jealous and certainly admire greatly) includes:

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=218624)
Client's electronics.

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=218626)

Left channel, sub grills off.

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=218627)

Right channel, sub grills off.

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=218625)

Complete system, sub grills on.

My understanding the room is just finishing up construction after long delays, thus the lack of other furnishings and dust barriers taped to the wall. Notwithstanding that the client is thrilled with the sound. He reports what I heard at Mike’s place, that is these subs not only add bass to what the Summit X previously delivers (and they certainly do that) but also the strings, horns, and other details are more clearly audible at much lower volumes than they could listen to before adding the GR servo subs. After Michael left client reported marathon listening sessions into the night then restarting the next morning.

Looks like another happy GR Research + Michael Lundy team customer.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 24 Dec 2020, 07:19 pm
Yes, they are extremely happy with these subs in their system. When I arrived all of his gear was still wrapped in plastic and blankets and the room needed to be cleared out of the other things stored there. The reconstruction work wasn't done but they had been unable to listen to music for the last year and didn't want to wait any longer. I actually built the subs in the fall of 2019 but had been holding on to them until he had a place for them.

The original position had the Martin Logans even with the subs. After dialing in with REW the bass was good but the mids and highs were not as open and airy as he remembered. I started pulling the Martin Logans further out into the room and the openness of the mids and highs returned. The farther out, the better the response.

He had previously had a Martin Logan ported sub in this system which led to becoming accustomed to some distorted bass. The servo OB subs served up the bass in balance, the way it is supposed to sound. At first this seemed a little off but the more they listened the more they realized how balanced and clear the bass was and consequently, how balanced and clear everything else was. He mentioned more than once how, as Norm said, he was now able to get better sound at much lower volumes and the scale was right.

When it comes to pairing with open baffle/electrostatic speakers, these OB servo controlled subs are far and away the best solution. Also, now that I have first hand experience working with the triples I can definitively say the triples are much better than the duals.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Otinell on 29 Dec 2020, 04:11 pm
Hi
These speaker are sweet
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Nsm1979 on 16 Apr 2021, 04:00 am
Mike, I will be covering a pair of dual H frame subs with Duratex.  I want the finish to be smooth and match my Spatials.  I read somewhere that adding a little water to the Duratex has a smoothing effect.  Any tips on getting the finish I want?  How much water?  I will be rolling it on. 

Or, am I hoping for a finish that Duratex is not capable of?

Thanks for sharing your expertise.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: RolandButcher on 16 Apr 2021, 01:53 pm
I absolutely love the way those subs look.  That might be my favorite implementation. Great work.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Hobbsmeerkat on 16 Apr 2021, 02:34 pm
Mike, I will be covering a pair of dual H frame subs with Duratex.  I want the finish to be smooth and match my Spatials.  I read somewhere that adding a little water to the Duratex has a smoothing effect.  Any tips on getting the finish I want?  How much water?  I will be rolling it on. 

Or, am I hoping for a finish that Duratex is not capable of?

Thanks for sharing your expertise.

You might also want to use some spare MDF or wood to test it out.
That said, you'll also want to use a foam paint roller for the topcoats, or if you have the ability, try using a spray gun to apply it in thin coats, which should also allow for a much smoother surface, esp after thinning. Just remember to seal the MDF first so it doesn't swell from the moisture of the thinned druatex.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 16 Apr 2021, 10:13 pm
First, that’s not DuraTex on the subs. It’s General Finishes Lamp Black Milk paint.

The secret for a smooth finish with DuraTex is to keep going back over it with a roller as it’s drying. With the second coat, se a fine nap roller for smooth finishes
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mikeeastman on 16 Apr 2021, 11:49 pm
Mike how did you apply the  General Finishes Lamp Black Milk paint?
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 16 Apr 2021, 11:52 pm
With a very short knap smooth finish roller
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Kjam1 on 19 Apr 2021, 06:07 pm
Great work Mike, I really like the depth of veneer once you apply your finishing coats. Just beautiful! I will be visiting your site to get some ideas of cost of a build.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 20 Apr 2021, 04:40 am
Great work Mike, I really like the depth of veneer once you apply your finishing coats. Just beautiful! I will be visiting your site to get some ideas of cost of a build.

Thanks

My website doesn’t have a lot on it. It’s more of a glorified contact page. One of these days I’ll do more with it.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Norman Tracy on 8 Jun 2021, 05:44 pm
Sharing some photos of Michael's latest work, a finished pair of NX-Monitor cabinets. These are veneered in a Indian Laurel burl with white painted baffles. The white and gloss top coats are automotive paints. His client will be finishing the build so we may or may not see pics with drivers and top white grill cloth installed.

The depth and figure of the Laurel burl under the high gloss is really beautiful.


(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=225411)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=225412)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=225413)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=225414)
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Hobbsmeerkat on 8 Jun 2021, 05:59 pm
Absolutely stunning work!!  :thumb:
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: birdyblabla on 20 Aug 2021, 08:17 am
Beautiful work!
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Kaiju2189 on 12 Sep 2021, 09:04 pm
New to the group but had to comment on Mike’s work. Top notch. I will be reaching out once I realize I don’t want my first build to look like a DIY project!
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 14 Jan 2022, 06:19 pm
I have started the ball rolling on building a new workshop. Once completed I'll have three times the work space I have now. This will allow me to work on more than one project at a time; have dedicated areas for cutting, routing, assembly, and finishing; move from one operation to the next without having to rearrange the shop; and get the work table out of the living room, which will please my wife.

Hopefully it will be up and running sometime this summer.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Early B. on 14 Jan 2022, 06:32 pm
I have started the ball rolling on building a new workshop. Once completed I'll have three times the work space I have now. This will allow me to work on more than one project at a time; have dedicated areas for cutting, routing, assembly, and finishing; move from one operation to the next without having to rearrange the shop; and get the work table out of the living room, which will please my wife.

Hopefully it will be up and running sometime this summer.

You gonna provide build pics?
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: TF1216 on 14 Jan 2022, 07:45 pm
Might you have a CNC machine?
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 14 Jan 2022, 08:25 pm
You gonna provide build pics?

Hadn’t thought about it but sure I can document it with pics
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 14 Jan 2022, 08:29 pm
Might you have a CNC machine?

Yep, definitely going to be one. Of course then I’ll have to learn how to use it.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Prisoner on 17 Feb 2022, 06:18 pm
Gorgeous builds.  This makes me want to hire Mike Lundy. I'm pretty handy, but I would be happier looking at his end result, as opposed to my own.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 18 Feb 2022, 05:09 pm
Gorgeous builds.  This makes me want to hire Mike Lundy. I'm pretty handy, but I would be happier looking at his end result, as opposed to my own.

Thanks

So far the weather is keeping progress on the new shop slow. As of now a 60ft cottonwood that was in the way has been taken down and a new 12' x 14' storage building placed and leveled in the backyard. Waiting on better weather to get the fence back up that had to be removed to get the building in and get a useful ramp installed. Due to the slope of the ground, the building had to be elevated to get it level. This put the building plenty high enough to not be in any danger of flooding but the 3' long ramp is way too short. It reaches the ground but at a steep incline so I need a different type of ramp.

Once the fence is back up and an appropriate ramp installed I can empty the existing storage shed that is sitting where the new shop will be and get it moved out of the way so the footing for the shop can be dug.

I'll post pictures once there is enough progress to show something.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Jaytor on 19 Feb 2022, 11:35 pm
I've been meaning to post some photos of my new NX-Studios for a while now. Mike built the cabinets for me, and I assembled the crossovers and installed the drivers. These were for my bedroom system.

This system is pretty simple, using an Auralic Vega G2 as the source (Roon Endpoint) feeding a DIY Purifi amp https://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=171798.msg1869116#msg1869116 (https://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=171798.msg1869116#msg1869116).

Mike did a beautiful job building the cabinets (much better than I'd be able to do), and they are sounding very nice in this system.


(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=237379)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=237380)

Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: jmc207 on 19 Feb 2022, 11:55 pm
Wow, those are gorgeous! Congratulations to you and Mike Lundy.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: jmc207 on 19 Feb 2022, 11:56 pm
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Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 20 Feb 2022, 02:53 am
Jay,

Glad to see you got yours up and running. One of these days, or maybe sometime this year, I'll get my NX-Studios finished. This is as far as I've got on them and they've been this way for the past six months  :cry:


(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=237404)

Projects for myself always take a back seat when new commissions come in. I'm currently working on two pair of NX-Oticas so the studios get to sit awhile longer
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: MarkShields on 5 Apr 2022, 11:42 pm
I recently ran across this site and am starting on my first build.  I see most all the builds are with MDF.  I was wondering if there is any sound difference with MDF and solid lumber.  Woodworking is my hobby, so I know there are issues with expansion and contraction with lumber.  But what about the affect of sound quality between the two?  This topic has probably been covered, but new user so can't search.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Hobbsmeerkat on 6 Apr 2022, 01:53 pm
I recently ran across this site and am starting on my first build.  I see most all the builds are with MDF.  I was wondering if there is any sound difference with MDF and solid lumber.  Woodworking is my hobby, so I know there are issues with expansion and contraction with lumber.  But what about the affect of sound quality between the two?  This topic has probably been covered, but new user so can't search.  Thanks.

Hardwood is more resonant than MDF or quality plywood. So best tip would be to use 1/4" hardwood over 1/2" MDF. It'll give you a nice solid cabinet without the resonance issues of bare hardwood.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: WGH on 10 Apr 2022, 04:46 pm
So best tip would be to use 1/4" hardwood over 1/2" MDF.

1/4" hardwood may work on small speakers but I wouldn't try it. 1/4" veneer acts like solid wood and expands and contracts with humidity changes. 1/2" MDF doesn't move the same way so there will always be opposing forces. I have seen strange thing happen to projects laminated with 1/4" wood.

1/8" wood acts like veneer, the substrate is strong enough to keep the veneer locked in place. I would also use either 3/4" or 1" MDF. I make my own 1/8" veneer and have laminated 100's of projects from exterior entry doors to furniture with zero failures. Two factors contribute to a successful lamination: glue and clamping.

I use Titebond Cold Press Veneer Glue for interior projects and West Epoxy for exterior. My mesquite veneered speakers use the Titebond veneer glue and the laminations are still perfect after 11 years.
The original Titebond will work too (it sets up too fast for large panels) but avoid Titebond II and III. The waterproof Titebond glues are more flexible which aid in keeping joints secure in wet conditions when wood swells but that flexibility also creates a raised glue line during periods of high humidity. Sanding down the raised glue line doesn't help, it will re-appear, the Titebond II and III glues creep too much for fine furniture use.

Even clamping is essential. I use a vacuum bag veneer press. The clamping pressure is even and veneers come out flat as a pool table top. Clamping using thick platens and cauls can work but I can always feel ripples in the finished veneer where the cauls were placed. For me that is totally unacceptable. The ripples would definitively be seen with a high gloss finish.

The doors for the Mesa Community College Art Gallery below was one of my more complicated veneer projects, each door is 4' x 8" with over 200 pieces of veneer. The architect wanted a random looking patchwork design but actually there in nothing random in the layout and the inside and outside are mirror images.

The mesquite veneer is first filled with black tinted West epoxy.
(http://www.wghwoodworking.com/pages/mcc_art_gallery/veneer%201.jpg)

The sanded pieces are held together with masking tape ready to lay on the core
(http://www.wghwoodworking.com/pages/mcc_art_gallery/veneer%20taped.jpg)

One of the finished doors ready for delivery, not a ripple can be seen or felt and no raised glue lines, this project used West epoxy as the glue.
(http://www.wghwoodworking.com/pages/mcc_art_gallery/finished%20door.jpg)

(http://www.wghwoodworking.com/pages/mcc_art_gallery/installed_door_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Dhananjeyan on 14 Apr 2022, 05:17 am
Hi, Mike how much to build a pair of NX Oticas with high gloss black paint? how long is the leadtime?
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: kenreau on 14 Apr 2022, 05:16 pm
Jay - Beautiful speakers and set up!

I've been meaning to post some photos of my new NX-Studios for a while now. Mike built the cabinets for me, and I assembled the crossovers and installed the drivers. These were for my bedroom system.

Mike did a beautiful job building the cabinets (much better than I'd be able to do), and they are sounding very nice in this system.

Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: kenreau on 14 Apr 2022, 05:26 pm
Wow, beautiful craftsmanship!

Kenreau


One of the finished doors ready for delivery, not a ripple can be seen or felt and no raised glue lines, this project used West epoxy as the glue.
(http://www.wghwoodworking.com/pages/mcc_art_gallery/finished%20door.jpg)

(http://www.wghwoodworking.com/pages/mcc_art_gallery/installed_door_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 28 May 2022, 12:45 am
The new workshop is moving slowly. Still working on getting ready to dig the foundation.

Phase 1: a large cottonwood, the existing garden shed, and a fence are where the new workshop is going to go. They all have to be removed and/or relocated. It begins with the removal of the large cottonwood seen on the left side of the picture

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=241042)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=241043)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=241044)

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=241045)


The old garden shed is really too small so a larger shed was purchased and put in the back yard. This required removal and re-installation of the fence as the building was too wide to go through the gate.

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=241046)


Due to the slope of the ground, the building had to be set higher than normal. This made the ramp too small to be effective. I have replaced it with three pairs of ramps designed for use with pickups. To make them work, I had to build a ledger on the shed, screw the ramps to the ledger then bolt the six individual pieces together into one piece. I'll get a pic of that this weekend.

The next steps are to move everything out of the old shed, put up a temporary fence to keep the dogs in the yard, remove the front fence, then move the old shed to a different location. Then I'll be ready to layout the foundation.

In the meantime I've purchased Vetric Aspire CAD software and am working through an online course to learn how to use it. My current computer works, but isn't happy so I've ordered a new computer designed to run CAD software.

I've been researching CNC machines and had narrowed it down to either an AVID Pro 4' x 4' or a ShopSabre 23. At 30" x 40" the working area of the 23 is considerably smaller but everything else about it is better for my needs. So today I bit the bullet and ordered a ShopSabre 23 CNC. It's going to 4 months or so to build. The building should be done by then.

(https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=241047)


To keep the initial cost somewhat within my budget, initially mine will have a 3.5HP router instead of the spindle in the picture and will not have the 4th axis lathe shown on the right side of the machine. It will have a vacuum hold-down system that is not in the picture.

Tomorrow I empty out the old shed.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Peter J on 28 May 2022, 01:22 am
Oh boy, Mike, you’re rolling now. I bet you’re not gonna miss that Cottonwood, I mowed the lawn in a cottonwood snowstorm today. No love for those things.
As you know, I also bought a Shopsabre and have been pleased both with the machine and the tech help, although I haven’t used it much. Vacuum hold down is the coolest thing ever.
How big is the shop gonna be?
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 28 May 2022, 01:41 am
Oh boy, Mike, you’re rolling now. I bet you’re not gonna miss that Cottonwood, I mowed the lawn in a cottonwood snowstorm today. No love for those things.
As you know, I also bought a Shopsabre and have been pleased both with the machine and the tech help, although I haven’t used it much. Vacuum hold down is the coolest thing ever.
How big is the shop gonna be?

30’x30’x9’. I will also continue to use the garage but only for tasks that don’t make sawdust or fumes.

I may well be asking you questions. Unlike yours, mine will have manual tool changes. While the width of a piece is limited to 30”, by tilling the toolpaths and indexing the part the length is not restricted to 40”. It can be as long as needed. It will just require more tooling changes than if the bed was long enough to cut the part with one setup.

That was only one cottnwood. There are three more larger ones in the back yard 🙁
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: praedet on 27 Aug 2022, 01:23 am
Has anyone heard from Mike in a while?
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 28 Aug 2022, 12:39 am
I’m still here. The lease 6 weeks have been real doozies. My car broke down and had to leave it in a shopping center parking lot over night. In the morning when the tow truck got there we found someone has stolen what they thought was the catalytic converter (it wasn’t) and cut through the transmission fluid lines in the process. Had to get that fixed to find out the motor was shot. The third cylinder lost compression and it was going to cost an arm and leg to fix it with no idea what to expect from the engine afterward. The car was a 2002 Mia Sportage with 250,000 miles so I sent it to the scrap yard then had to get another car

Then one of my nephews went into the hospital for a same day surgery to patch a hole in his ear and ended up in the ICU on a vent for a month. He’s in rehab now

Then we got hit by a tornado. Luckily it was only an EF1. Didn’t do any real damage to the house but made a mess out of the trees. Finally got that cleaned up.

Then I found out my lack of energy and getting easily tired wasn’t just from gagging weight and getting more out of shape during the pandemic but that I likely had a heart attack without realizing it. My wife kept after me to see a cardiologist and I finally did a couple weeks ago. They did an EGK which was abnormal so did a stress test this past Thursday. It showed diminished blood flow to part of the heart so next up is a heart cath.

I’m still working on peoples projects but haven’t kept up with email very well. Sorry about that.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: JakeJ on 28 Aug 2022, 12:44 pm
Hi Mike,

I hope you are feeling better.  I've been down that cardio road and I'm guessing you are a candidate for bypass surgery,  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but doesn't have to be.  Follow the cardiologists instructions to the letter and after surgery you must follow through with the physical therapy.  After the whole thing is over keep going to the gym, ask me how I know.  :wink:
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Woodsage on 28 Aug 2022, 02:04 pm
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Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: praedet on 30 Aug 2022, 02:56 pm
Holy cow Mike,
That sucks!  I truly hope things can start to get better and back to normal!
I’m still here. The lease 6 weeks have been real doozies. My car broke down and had to leave it in a shopping center parking lot over night. In the morning when the tow truck got there we found someone has stolen what they thought was the catalytic converter (it wasn’t) and cut through the transmission fluid lines in the process. Had to get that fixed to find out the motor was shot. The third cylinder lost compression and it was going to cost an arm and leg to fix it with no idea what to expect from the engine afterward. The car was a 2002 Mia Sportage with 250,000 miles so I sent it to the scrap yard then had to get another car

Then one of my nephews went into the hospital for a same day surgery to patch a hole in his ear and ended up in the ICU on a vent for a month. He’s in rehab now

Then we got hit by a tornado. Luckily it was only an EF1. Didn’t do any real damage to the house but made a mess out of the trees. Finally got that cleaned up.

Then I found out my lack of energy and getting easily tired wasn’t just from gagging weight and getting more out of shape during the pandemic but that I likely had a heart attack without realizing it. My wife kept after me to see a cardiologist and I finally did a couple weeks ago. They did an EGK which was abnormal so did a stress test this past Thursday. It showed diminished blood flow to part of the heart so next up is a heart cath.

I’m still working on peoples projects but haven’t kept up with email very well. Sorry about that.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 30 Aug 2022, 03:12 pm
Holy cow Mike,
That sucks!  I truly hope things can start to get better and back to normal!

You and me both. On top of all that, the new shop is being held up waiting on a permit. The person who handles the permit I need is out on maternity leave and they don’t have any back up 🤷🏼‍♂️
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: barryso on 30 Aug 2022, 11:44 pm
Hope you start feeling better, Mike.

Good luck with the new shop, too.

Barry
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: fre11111 on 31 Aug 2022, 06:10 pm
Get well soon Mike, cant wait to see your new projects🙏🙂

Frederick
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: Danny Richie on 10 Sep 2022, 10:59 pm
Dang Mike, I hope things start turning around for you, especially your health.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: mlundy57 on 11 Sep 2022, 01:15 am
Thanks everybody. I have a cardiac echo and carotid 6scheduled for Monday afternoon. Once the results from those are in they'll schedule the heart cath. Exactly what they plan to do is dependent on the results of Monday's tests.
Title: Re: Mike Lundy for cabinets and completed speakers
Post by: revg1952 on 11 Sep 2022, 06:18 am
Mike
 you will be in my prayers
RevG1952