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Not quite, Lol!



Something more along the lines of the aluminum in the dap holder I built recently.



















Crazy. $80 for 17 screws!







Lol. The veneer will get a satin clear coat...



The theme is actually kinda organized - satin on all the large flat surfaces, and polished on all of the aluminum parts (port, trim, legs) and hardware. The sub has a satiny brushed look to it, so it'll be unique.



I thought of doing the aluminum parts in brushed, but then I saw the light reflect off of the polished end of the port and I said "nope, this thing needs to glisten."
I've been looking for a holder for the x3 but none are made

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I've been looking for a holder for the x3 but none are made

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Nope. You are gonna have to go custom... Maybe building it into the console?

I have made so many dap holders, but unfortunately none for the x3 3rd gen you have... This is from my x3 2nd gen in the Mazda.


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Nope. You are gonna have to go custom... Maybe building it into the console?



I have made so many dap holders, but unfortunately none for the x3 3rd gen you have... This is from my x3 2nd gen in the Mazda.



Maybe I'll pay you to make me one? I dont want to mold it in the center console.

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Maybe I'll pay you to make me one? I dont want to mold it in the center console.

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What kind of function are you looking for and where do you want it to go?

Honestly, I don't really do this stuff for money...

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Damn, those are some "high maintenance" screws! LOL

All that polished aluminum matching the port (and screws) is going to look killer!
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What kind of function are you looking for and where do you want it to go?



Honestly, I don't really do this stuff for money...
Nothing is free. Just to attach to the console and I can pull it out when I want to take it out. If I remember right you had a mount in your cupholder. Which would be perfect

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Nothing is free. Just to attach to the console and I can pull it out when I want to take it out. If I remember right you had a mount in your cupholder. Which would be perfect

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Here is my current in the Jeep







Exactly like that

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Damn, those are some "high maintenance" screws! LOL

All that polished aluminum matching the port (and screws) is going to look killer!
I know, I feel like I got screwed!

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Exactly like that

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Here's an easy way

Epoxy or screw this into the cup holder

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...8LQP1A6D&psc=1

Epoxy or double sided tape this to the dap

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...8LQP1A6D&psc=1

Connect the two with this

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...8LQP1A6D&psc=1

Solid as a rock!



Or you could get this package deal, but the electronic mount would have to be cut down a bit, it's too long.

https://www.amazon.com/RAM-MOUNTS-RA...qid=1568256686

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Here's an easy way



Epoxy or screw this into the cup holder



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...8LQP1A6D&psc=1



Epoxy or double sided tape this to the dap



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...8LQP1A6D&psc=1



Connect the two with this



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...8LQP1A6D&psc=1



Solid as a rock!







Or you could get this package deal, but the electronic mount would have to be cut down a bit, it's too long.



https://www.amazon.com/RAM-MOUNTS-RA...qid=1568256686
I'm lost

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Not much to report, just a sign of life...


The box is getting a second skin of 3/4 or 1/2 birch plywood. There won't be much bracing, so I want it solid as rock!

The cut out is for the wire terminals, I wanted them to be flush with the back of the box, so they'll be recessed. Also, the LED's will have a USB female plug embedded in the box (facing down) in the spot that I didn't round over. I thought this would be much cleaner than just wire hanging out. All of the LEDs wires will also be embedded in the wood, nothing visible anywhere.



Notice how the joints are staggered. All of the joints are super tight, but JUST IN CASE there is a second panel covering the joint. I should increase my OCD meds dosage...



Can't wait to you use this enormous round over bit! It will give the back of the box the exact radius of the acrylic in the front.


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Not much to report, just a sign of life...





The box is getting a second skin of 3/4 or 1/2 birch plywood. There won't be much bracing, so I want it solid as rock!



The cut out is for the wire terminals, I wanted them to be flush with the back of the box, so they'll be recessed. Also, the LED's will have a USB female plug embedded in the box (facing down) in the spot that I didn't round over. I thought this would be much cleaner than just wire hanging out. All of the LEDs wires will also be embedded in the wood, nothing visible anywhere.







Notice how the joints are staggered. All of the joints are super tight, but JUST IN CASE there is a second panel covering the joint. I should increase my OCD meds dosage...







Can't wait to you use this enormous round over bit! It will give the back of the box the exact radius of the acrylic in the front.



Didnt want wires hanging out everywhere? You do realize tie wraps and duct tape fox anything right?

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Didnt want wires hanging out everywhere? You do realize tie wraps and duct tape fox anything right?

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Naw... Not on this one. I want this thing to look like jewelry when it's done.


Btw, I am looking for really nice binding posts, if anyone knows of some...

These things are nice, but I'm still looking:




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You gonna bend and polish some tubing for the wires, like robolop did in his BMW?
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You gonna bend and polish some tubing for the wires, like robolop did in his BMW?
I thought about doing that... Haven't quite decided on that part. I think I have enough metal already, though. I don't know...

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Not sure they are the coolest looking, but lots of speaker builders go with these tube connectors from Danny at GR Research.

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I recessed the LED cables in the plywood and filled the shallow areas with wood filler and the larger areas with epoxy.






Here are the feet. They will be a combination of brushed and polished...




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Glacial would be an accomplishment... I feel like it's even slower than that. My business is working me to the bone.

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Glacial would be an accomplishment... I feel like it's even slower than that. My business is working me to the bone.
Just giving you shit. I'm working at the same pace. Just excited to see the finished product

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Well, kinda disappointing... When I applied the clear poly to the veneer on the inside of the box, I didn't like it at all. Rather than turning a dark grey, with black grain like I expected, it turned a brown-ish-plum color. I guess I should have tested that before I did all the work...

The inside of the box is going to be satin black paint, AND I need to figure out a different finish/treatment for the outside of the box in the recessed area... I'm still going to use some aluminum in that area as well.


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Well, kinda disappointing... When I applied the clear poly to the veneer on the inside of the box, I didn't like it at all. Rather than turning a dark grey, with black grain like I expected, it turned a brown-ish-plum color. I guess I should have tested that before I did all the work...

The inside of the box is going to be satin black paint, AND I need to figure out a different finish/treatment for the outside of the box in the recessed area... I'm still going to use some aluminum in that area as well.

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I make our commercial veneer subs very black by using a dye and stain combo.

I use Behlen Solar Lux Black Dye and a General Finishes Water-Based Black Stain. Using the Behlen first and then the GF, results in a very black finish. We then topcoat with a more expensive poly but for small projects I’ve also had good luck with Mineax Wipe-On Poly.
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