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    Ok here they are with Watco Danish Oil. The can says flood the first coat, wait 30 minutes, reapply, wait 15 minutes and wipe dry. Any harm on adding several more coats?



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    That is absolutely awesome!! They look fabulous. Did you go with the natural or a specific color of the Watco? Do they actually look as red as the pic or in natural light will they appear more browish?

    Whichever, they look great.

    Question now is, how to treat the delicate grilles, that is the real trick and one I haven't seen addressed with the Olympus or similar S99 grilles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wardsweb View Post
    Ok here they are with Watco Danish Oil. They can say flood the first coat, wait 30 minutes, reapply, wait 15 minutes and wipe dry. Any harm on adding several more coats?
    I usually do more than three... sometimes I have continued to apply coats for several days... If you do several coats the luster will increase slightly but ultimately there will be tiny droplets of oil that come up to the surface after you have wiped them with a dry cloth. You must wipe these droplets each time they appear before they dry completely or you will have tiny shiny spots.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mech986 View Post
    That is absolutely awesome!! They look fabulous. Did you go with the natural or a specific color of the Watco? Do they actually look as red as the pic or in natural light will they appear more browish?

    Whichever, they look great.

    Question now is, how to treat the delicate grilles, that is the real trick and one I haven't seen addressed with the Olympus or similar S99 grilles.
    The flash seems to bring out the red. I will get some pics in sun light and see if they are a more accurate representation. As for the grills, yes what to do? I'm thinking of block sanding lightly and the spraying a dark walnut finish. I'll test on the back side first and see what works.

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    Wow. Great work. I love the feel of oiled wood. I'd use the cabinets to house two 2235h, with a 2397 on top, as well as 2405 sitting on the 2397.

    Mated to three amps and an active three-way crossover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee in Montreal View Post
    Wow. Great work. I love the feel of oiled wood. I'd use the cabinets to house two 2235h, with a 2397 on top, as well as 2405 sitting on the 2397.

    Mated to three amps and an active three-way crossover.
    My plan is to use the LE85 fitted to a wood horn (2397 or Westlake, still deciding) and a 2405 in a matching wood box. I do love the 2235H but want to keep this project from getting out of hand.

    Can you post a pic of yours or shoot it to me in a PM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wardsweb View Post
    Can you post a pic of yours or shoot it to me in a PM?
    I suppose that by "yours", you meant the 2397...

    I will have pictures in two weeks. Still approving on the production estimates. Final okay shall be given on Wednesday.

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    Ok here is a better representation of the color. This is with about 5 coats of Watco natural oil.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wardsweb View Post
    Ok here is a better representation of the color. This is with about 5 coats of Watco natural oil.
    Gorgeous wood!! You are the wood man!
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    Lovin' the Watco here, too! Those are very pretty, indeed.
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    Makes you wonder why JBL put laquer on them in the 1st place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audiobeer View Post
    Makes you wonder why JBL put laquer on them in the 1st place?
    It was "good enough" bang for the buck. Several coats of hand laid oil is time consuming and time is money. If you want to maximize profit, keep your cost of goods low and sell at a decent margin.

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    Just playing around today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Audiobeer View Post
    Makes you wonder why JBL put laquer on them in the 1st place?
    Makes you also wonder why many cabinets are designed to fit into a 4'x8'... Cost efficiency my friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audiobeer View Post
    Makes you wonder why JBL put laquer on them in the 1st place?
    Well, they didn't . . . not always. Surprisingly, it seemed to be in the later stuff where they started going with the hand-rubbed oil finishes. At least to the best of my recollection! I think all Paragons I ever saw were hand-rubbed oil. My original C37s are lacquer though, but have the late-model N2400 crossovers in them so they must have done lacquer and oil simultaneously. By customer request?
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