Essenza

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steve1580

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Essenza
« on: 28 Aug 2018, 06:41 pm »
Figured it was time to post the progress on my Essenza project.  I consulted with Rick about modifying his cabinet design to a curved cabinet.  Rick is great to work with (and very patient).  Will keep updating as time and progress allows.












Tyson

Re: Essenza
« Reply #1 on: 28 Aug 2018, 06:57 pm »
Oh that looks niiiicccee.

HT cOz

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Re: Essenza
« Reply #2 on: 29 Aug 2018, 12:41 am »
Following with a lot of interest!!!

Nick77

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« Reply #3 on: 29 Aug 2018, 04:09 pm »
Wow! Those look awesome! And nice shop!    :thumb:

steve1580

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Re: Essenza
« Reply #4 on: 29 Aug 2018, 07:27 pm »
Both ready for sides. Joints were assembled using a Festool Domino (mortise and tenon), glued and then covered with West Systems epoxy.



steve1580

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Re: Essenza
« Reply #5 on: 2 Sep 2018, 04:52 pm »



The sides begin, if you want a quick speaker cabinet, this is not the way to go.  Gluing repetitive sheets of 3 mill (1/8") Baltic birch ply.

Set up a caul/clamp system, clamp each piece overnight to help retain shape, glue, remove clamp system after 24 hours, start again x 24. 

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« Reply #6 on: 2 Sep 2018, 05:27 pm »
 :popcorn:

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steve1580

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Re: Essenza
« Reply #7 on: 5 Sep 2018, 05:43 pm »
One 1/8" layer on each side (only 5 more layers to go).





2bigears

Re: Essenza
« Reply #8 on: 5 Sep 2018, 05:49 pm »
 :D very nice.  You know wood.  Good Work indeed.   :D

Nick77

Re: Essenza
« Reply #9 on: 5 Sep 2018, 06:09 pm »
Very nice work indeed!! Those are going to look top notch!  :thumb:

steve1580

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« Reply #10 on: 17 Sep 2018, 06:14 pm »




 
Side layers are now complete, now time for final sanding and veneer selection.

vanderstephen

Re: Essenza
« Reply #11 on: 18 Sep 2018, 01:14 am »
Hi,
What method do you plan to use for applying the veneer? I've enjoyed seeing your build thread. I'm building a Ceramica center channel now to go with my Ottavo's. I just ordered some walnut raw wood veneer and it will be my first time to work with that other than a small test sample this past weekend. I don't have the same skills as you, so no build thread for mine. Yours is most impressive!

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« Reply #12 on: 18 Sep 2018, 04:58 am »
Outstanding!!

HT cOz

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Re: Essenza
« Reply #13 on: 18 Sep 2018, 09:44 am »
Looking great!  :thumb:

steve1580

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Re: Essenza
« Reply #14 on: 18 Sep 2018, 11:32 am »
Hi,
What method do you plan to use for applying the veneer? I've enjoyed seeing your build thread. I'm building a Ceramica center channel now to go with my Ottavo's. I just ordered some walnut raw wood veneer and it will be my first time to work with that other than a small test sample this past weekend. I don't have the same skills as you, so no build thread for mine. Yours is most impressive!

I am not completely certain on veneer yet, most likely I will use a paper back veneer and use contact cement.  I use a heavy carpet tucking tool, kitchen rollers, etc to make sure all areas have good contact with no air pockets. If you have any questions, I can try and answer.

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Re: Essenza
« Reply #15 on: 20 Sep 2018, 01:04 am »
Steve, outstanding wood working prowess.

The Festool Domino joiner shows you're serious about this & the cabinet proves it.
I'm looking at a Lamello Classic X which is 1/2 the price of the Festool

For whatever reason I love the curved cabinet design and understand the investment in tools, work, patience & time involved.

From the pics it looks like you're using epoxy instead of wood glue.
Certainly a positive solution but far more involved.
Does it have a longer open time?

steve1580

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Re: Essenza
« Reply #16 on: 20 Sep 2018, 11:33 am »
Steve, outstanding wood working prowess.

The Festool Domino joiner shows you're serious about this & the cabinet proves it.
I'm looking at a Lamello Classic X which is 1/2 the price of the Festool

For whatever reason I love the curved cabinet design and understand the investment in tools, work, patience & time involved.

From the pics it looks like you're using epoxy instead of wood glue.
Certainly a positive solution but far more involved.
Does it have a longer open time?

I used Titebond 3 for all joints and between ply layers.  Since I cut all the original curved tops, bottoms and bracing on the bandsaw (and my bandsaw skills could be better) I went around all joints with West Systems epoxy to make sure there were no hidden gaps.  West Systems epoxy is great stuff for finishing and adding additional bonding, but I almost always use pva glue.

The Domino is a great tool, but certainly Festool is mighty proud of their prices.  I believe the time period on their patent runs out sometime in the future and other manufacturers will be making similar machines.  Thanks for the compliment!

Phil A

Re: Essenza
« Reply #17 on: 20 Sep 2018, 01:14 pm »
Great job!

steve1580

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Re: Essenza
« Reply #18 on: 20 Sep 2018, 11:51 pm »