Our Hifi News pages continues to detail progress on the build of one of our Reference Fidelity Components’ Reference Rhapsody Loudspeakers. CNC machining of the main speaker cabinet Panels results in precision cuts to ensure that everything fits together nicely:
Here we have one of the front loudspeaker baffle panels CNC’d awaiting sanding prior to veneering
Both front and rear Reference Rhapsody loudspeaker panels require book-matching of veneers due to the baffle width. This is a highly skilled job and requires a steady hand! Here we have a rear panel (note cut out for crossover access cover) which has just been book-matched veneered:
Marking up the Reference Rhapsody custom stands for routing of the recesses for the adjustable feet. Each set of custom stands is hand made using selected quality hardwoods to match the main loudspeaker veneer choice and assembled using mortice and tenon joints. A great deal of work goes into hand crafting of these stands including the final sanding and finishing. The second photograph shows one stand completed along with adjustable gold plated feet epoxy-glued into place awaiting its DanishOil finish:
Working on the hand crafted Reference Rhapsody Loudspeaker stands.
Once each loudspeaker panel has been veneered and all jointing rebates cut into the rear of them, the walnut framing (see Post Nr 2: the framing material was selected and cut from a single plank of premium grade Walnut) is glued into place. Here we have two veneered side panels fitted with walnut frame edging gluing up in the sash clamps. Once glued, the frame will be planed to final size and the edges rounded with a router prior to the back faces being cut through to accept jointing biscuits (the joints are cut through the frame and into to the plywood making for an exceptionally rigid cabinet once the panels are all fitted around the internal bracing).
On the next build post, we’ll follow up with the cabinets coming together and cabinet finishing works prior to fitting out with internal components.