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First Time 9 - Billy Box
Our livingroom was well equipted with SB18, SB30 Center and a MDS12 Subwoofer.
But our bedroom had old speakers that could well be replaced and i was in a mood to build smoething, so i ordered the First Time 9 set. After i ordered the set my wife requested that the speakers should be white and blend in well with our IKEA Billy shelves of which we have three at one side of our bedroom.
Now i faced the problem that the First Time 9 is higher than the selves allow for. So i asked how i could modify this build to fit the sleves on the board, but my question was rather unspecific so no one had any suggestions.
After the preparational countersinking i applied a foil to the wood, since i wasn't giong to spend a lot on the brushes or a paint roller and some good paint. And since "Billy" has foil applied to the wood as well this seemed very fitting. I was pleasently suprised how well the foil turned out.
Now i installed the speakers themselves and the Billy speaker is done.
All that was left to do was to add the speaker to the shelf which was easy since i could fall back onto the regular shelf mountings. Done.
Christian’s FT 9
now that my first do-it-yourself loudspeakers are finished, I’m ready to deliver my building report.
My project started the way it did for many other people – I was looking for DIY loudspeakers, and after looking at a few other pages, I ended up here. Then I spent about 2 weeks reading building reports, or rather devouring them. It was incredibly exciting to read about what some people manage to cobble together in their basements or bathrooms. Ok, so the initial decision was made: it would be a speaker from Lautsprecherbau.de. But which one? After all, it was possible that all of those sound reports were a little embellished. After some consideration, I decided on the FT9. I needed a couple of PC speakers anyway. My Logitech system, which cost me around 250 euros at one point, had given up the ghost about 6 months earlier.
One reason was that I really liked the FT9s. At the same time, I figured if they weren’t as great as the descriptions said, I wouldn’t have lost too much money. So I clicked through the shop and ordered them. Two days later, there was a package on my doorstep with a couple of cute little loudspeakers in it. Then I was off to the OBI hardware store to have some MDF cut to size. I already had a piece of pine laminate at home that I wanted to use for the front. I didn’t document the individual steps of gluing it together – I’m embarrassed to say I forgot. But they are already shown clearly enough in the magazine report.
After gluing it together, I labeled the box so I would know which side was which, and I used a belt sander with #60 grit to sand the surfaces that weren’t a 100% accurate fit. Since I saw a veneer I really liked here, I had ordered it in advance, and now I was finally able to use it. After a couple of failed attempts with glue, I decided on the adhesive method. The veneer is from Templin veneers and is called Padouk.
Not really! The veneer ripped and cracked in a few places where I attacked it with the router. Okay. So I gathered up the pieces and did some more patching. Finally, it worked. I recessed the pine board 1 cm. Then came the next shock. The boards had warped and I needed to use some screw clamps. Once the clamps had pushed my boards back into position, it looked like this:
After a couple of days, the oil had cured, too, so I was able to roll on a layer of clear varnish from Clou. Now they look like this:
If anyone is still undecided about whether DIY is the right thing for you: people, do it! The FT9 is a great loudspeaker for beginners like me. Because the cabinets are small, you can try out various things to see what you like. The material costs really aren’t bad, so you could even build two or three cabinets. The ones above are my second attempt.
I hope you enjoyed my report, and maybe it made you smile a bit. Big thanks to everyone for the fast responses, and thank you for a great demonstration of the greatest sound experience I’ve ever had.
Talk to you soon!Christian