It is absolutely unnecessary that DIY speakers look like DIY MDF boxes. They can be lacquered, veneered or otherwise treated. A very easy method was picekd for the Eton2u XXL, which sides were simply decorated by applying an additional board that usually is used in the kitchen.
For the start the usual labor was done. Glue the lid, front, back and base onto one of the sides. A board of 2.2mm helped setting the reflex port parallel to the base. Then the positions of the stiffening boards were marked and glued on. The second side was then glued on after all the other steps have been made. Afterwars sanding the casing and milling the sockets and sawing the holes for the chassis.
After a little while of looking at the finished casing we gave it a coat of a color called "Fjordblue". We had to repeat this process about 4 times which eleminated even the slightest shimmer of the MDF and the fraying was invisible as well. It wasn't really a great enhancement of the design but the next step will improve that greatly.
In the local hardware store we found a beech bloack board that we had them cut down to size. Afterwards we rounded off the edges and glued them onto the sides of the casing.
To glue the side on, we placed the board on a stable table and applied great amounts of glue onto the side that didn't had the edges rounded off and was facing upwards. We used literally spoonfuls of glue.
Use a good trowel to make sure that the glue is distributed evenly on the surface and then glue the casing onto the board that is lying on the table. With a wet cloth immediately remove any glue that oozes out.
We will spare you the remaining steps in the production and instead just show the finished product in beech and sky blue.Back to: Design - Reflex corners Forward to: Countersinking - Countersinking the chassis