Santa's workshop now using exotic woods

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Big Red Machine

Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« on: 25 Dec 2020, 11:04 pm »
A woodworking project almost done. Picked up a Don Sachs Model 2 from Hum4God but it did not have a wooden case. So, what the heck, let's make one, and it might as well be an exotic wood.

Start with the proverbial sketch on an envelope, then a plan in my audio notebook:





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Big Red Machine

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #1 on: 25 Dec 2020, 11:06 pm »
Love the Forstner bits:









Start sealing the MDF so the veneer will have a chance to stick on a very smooth surface:




Big Red Machine

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #2 on: 25 Dec 2020, 11:15 pm »
I cut 3 tops before I got it right. My bits did wander some even with pilot holes so I used one of the scrap tops as a template for the forstner bits so no more wandering. Needed a sharp edge so the veneer would not crack under an unsupported edge.

I decided on Sapele Pommele veneer and had PSA attached to make it a little more idiot proof because gluing requires more skill and preferable a vacuum bag.

I was planning to just use Polyurethane but for giggles I tried some cherry stain center and a darker stain on the right for comparison. No contest, Poly all the way.




Big Red Machine

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #3 on: 25 Dec 2020, 11:21 pm »
Veneer being applied. My sequence was not as planned. Probably getting senile. I wanted all the sides on first and then the top. IN the end it didn't matter.








Big Red Machine

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #4 on: 25 Dec 2020, 11:28 pm »
This Sachs case has vents and logos cut into it on all sides. It is a heck of a lot easier to drill holes than cut slots so I opted for offset vent holes on the top surface.



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Big Red Machine

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #5 on: 25 Dec 2020, 11:45 pm »
Final coat drying. The trick with Poly is those last 2 coats (of 5) are slathered on then wiped off with a cotton rag. Brushes just leave nagging air bubbles. A firm wipe is needed.

Should have this completed in the AM after a full night curing in the laundry room.








Don_S

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #6 on: 26 Dec 2020, 12:07 am »
Looks wicked. Well done.  :thumb:

mresseguie

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Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #7 on: 26 Dec 2020, 12:56 am »
 :thumb:

Very nice.

Will you slip the metal encased Model 2 into the this 'sleeve', or will you remove the top (or bottom) plate beforehand?

Big Red Machine

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #8 on: 26 Dec 2020, 01:47 am »
Slip right in. Custom fit all the way. Locked in with the original mounting feet and longer screws.

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Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #9 on: 26 Dec 2020, 05:11 am »
Very nice, sir!

uncola

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #10 on: 26 Dec 2020, 11:13 am »
No pics of the preamp installed?  Veneer looks great, lots of depth

Big Red Machine

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #11 on: 26 Dec 2020, 01:59 pm »
No pics of the preamp installed?  Veneer looks great, lots of depth

Patience.

uncola

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #12 on: 26 Dec 2020, 02:01 pm »
but I want it NOW



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Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #13 on: 26 Dec 2020, 03:42 pm »
Looks awesome BRM!

Best,
Anand.

twitch54

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #14 on: 26 Dec 2020, 04:09 pm »
Love it !

hats off to those with talent !!!

Big Red Machine

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #15 on: 26 Dec 2020, 06:37 pm »
Okay, fully dried. And I needed to take new system photos anyways with the new devices - pre, amp, and PC.















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Big Red Machine

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #16 on: 26 Dec 2020, 06:38 pm »
Love it !

hats off to those with talent !!!

First time doing any real veneer work. I got lucky and don't zoom in!! :o

I did not bookmatch the veneer because I was cheap and only bought a 24 x 24 piece.

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Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #17 on: 27 Dec 2020, 02:10 am »
You can alway make another after the skills become more developed.  It still looks good, BRM.  Wish I had the time to do stuff like that.

Big Red Machine

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #18 on: 27 Dec 2020, 03:51 am »
You can alway make another after the skills become more developed.  It still looks good, BRM.  Wish I had the time to do stuff like that.

A couple of hours each night for about 5 days and then incessant poly coating, sanding, coating, sanding, rinse and repeat. Not too much time. Mental therapy for me.

I'm looking around the house for more veneering opportunities! :thumb:

I achieved what I wanted and that was a much sexier suit for the preamp to wear.

Stercom

Re: Santa's workshop now using exotic woods
« Reply #19 on: 27 Dec 2020, 05:03 pm »
Looking good BRM! Is that a VTV Purifi amp? How you liking it with the Wilsons? What buffer does it have?