I was thinking about a pair of X-LS Encores for on my desk but I didn't want to give up any desk space and I figured rather than put them on stands I would build the X-SLS version. I did entertain the idea of the X-MTM's but I wanted a smaller footprint. I decided that I would build the boxes in MDF and then clad them in 3/4" quilted maple. I was partially inspired by the maple X-LS's that Ron had on New Record Day and partially inspired by the absolutely dead solid sound I got when I knocked on the top of my recent build. https://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=171283.msg1812536#msg1812536
They had hardwood glued to MDF on the top. Anyway here is the build so far.
I decided to cut dadoes for each of the braces with my dadoe blade.
Dadoes make everything go together so nice and provides extra glue surface area.
I cut out the braces with a jig saw and smoothed them out with a spindle sander.
Round over with a ½" bit.
The glue up. I forgot to smooth off the end of the half brace but I did fill the empty dadoe.
I glued and nailed the side braces into place. I was struggling with the sequence of putting it together as I don't think that I can reach my arm all the way down through the speaker hole to install the cross over. I am planning to glue the front on, cut the driver holes, wire everything up, and then glue the back on.
Danny's design includes some dead air space at the bottom, he suggests filling it with sand but I decided to use up my extra MDF pieces to provide it with enough weight on the bottom to help prevent them from tipping over. I'll provide more details as I proceed.