I received a commission earlier in the summer to build a pair of X-LS Encores. To make the most out of the machine set-ups I cut enough pieces to build 6 pairs of cabinets. I glued up the carcasses for all 6 pairs then proceeded to build out two pairs. I had two reasons for this. First, even though it only takes a half sheet of veneer for a pair, I had to buy a full sheet so I figured I might as well use the rest and by building extras, if I messed something up I would have a spare handy without having to start over.
The veneer the client chose is a quartersawn ribbon stripped African Mahogany.
I am almost done with the veneering, just have the tops of the 4 cabinets to do. Hopefully I'll get that done tomorrow. Then I have to make up samples of different finishing options. I'm thinking of doing 4 samples. One left natural, just a clear sealer and lacquer topcoat. A second will be sealed, dyed with a red mahogany dye then topcoated. The third will be a brown mahogany dye and topcoat. Fourth is more complex: sealer, burgundy dye, dark brown grain filler, sealer, then topcoat.
Any other ideas for a finishing schedule that will yield the classic Mahogany look?
Before y'all start fussin' about pictures, I have some but I have not documented each step of the construction since I've done that in other build threads. I am going to document the finishing in some detail.
Outwardly these two pairs will look identical (unless I prefer a different finishing option). However, while they both have NoRez and AcoustaStuff, the crossovers will be different. The client's pair is being built with an older stock kit (it has the PC board). The second pair is being tricked out. This one gets Sonicaps, Platinum by-pass caps in the tweeter circuits, GenII by-pass caps in the woofer circuits, Mills resistors, foil inductors, and tube connectors. Just like the pair that won the shootout.
I'm looking forward to listening to both of them.