If new to soldering, its not that difficult. Buy a decent Antex iron for £15. Just make sure the iron is properley tinned, ie melt solder on to it it should stay on and turn silver without this heat wont transfer to the component. Use a wet sponge to clean tip. Apply heat and enough solder to cover the entire jointit should run all over the joint remove heat quickly dont move it. it should be a bright silver colour, if it is dull it's not a good joint heat and add more solder. If all else fails We can build them for you complete with push on driver conectors and silver wire for £35.00
FEEL THE DENTS
During the build process the cabinet will invariablly take little knocks. Check by running your'e fingers all over the cabinets to feel for dents, and fill. Two part expoxy wood filler saves time sets in 20 mins. This is especially important if painting.
TIPS FOR DIY IPL SPEAKER KIT BUILDERS
I built my first pair and want anybody who tries DIY to produce a decent finish these speaker deserve.
VENEERING SIDES ORDER
To minimize the chance of seeing the 0.6mm edges of the veneer, the veneer must be applied in a certain order. Start with the rear of the cabinet, then the bottom followed by both sides. Then the top panel and finally the front. More to follow..
MAIN DRIVER ALIGNMENT
The hole for the driver is larger than the driver to accomodate the terminals and wire which you will need to pull out the front in order to solder. So when drilling the hole for the pull in bolts its important to get the driver in the middle of the hole or the mounting hole will be to near the edge.
INSERTING STUD NUTS FOR DRIVER BOLTS
This is a real pain! Not if you insert them prior to building the cabinet, it will save you hours of frustration!
ROUTER A SMALL V IN JOIN IF PAINTING
If you itend to paint your speaker you need to hide the join. A small V routered into the join is easy fillable with dry wall jointing compund seal this prior to filling with clear MDF primer. This will stop the join between the two panels showing through. Believe me it will show unless you do this.