I'm working on a pair of X-SLS Encores. This is the floor standing version of the X-LS Encore. They're getting upgraded crossovers with Sonicaps, Mills resistors, and Miflex KPCU by-pass caps.
Here's some pics of the build so far:
Parts cut and location of dados marked out. Normally I don't go to the effort of cutting dados for just one pair of speakers but they make it a lot easier to glue the cabinet up square.
Rabbets and dados cut
Cutting out and rounding over the internal braces
Gluing up the braces, sides, and rear baffle
Installing the No-Rez. The last two pics are of the No-Rez that will be attached to the front baffle. It's a lot easier to put it in before gluing the baffle on.
Gluing up the front baffle
Flush trimming the baffles
3/4" roundovers on the front and rear baffles and 3/8" roundovers on the top and bottom
Laying out for threaded inserts on the bottoms
Driver openings cut and a roundunder bit to put the roundovers on the back side of the woofer holes
After that it has been sanding. To start with I used a random orbital sander and profile blocks to hand sand the roundovers. Normally I am working with wood or wood veneer. That does not require a super flat surface so at this point the prep sanding would be done. However, these are going to be painted a satin black so I need a much flatter surface. I borrowed Jeff's ideas from his X-MTM Encore build and ordered in some long Dura-Block sanding blocks (16", 24", and 30"), sandpaper rolls, and powder guide coat to get the cabinets as flat as I can before spraying the primer. I'll be using Target coatings water borne EMTECH primer/surfacer/filler, black pigmented lacquer, and a satin lacquer topcoat.
The Dura-Blocks, sandpaper, and powder guide coat arrived today. Now the tedious part begins... sanding, sanding, sanding, some more sanding, and oh yeah, sanding......