Goodmans Maxim refurbishment

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Not sure if this sort of stuff is of intrest to anyone but here goes.

I have a small wood workshop to keep my mind busy etc and here is one of my projects i finished.

I found a pair of original Goodmans Maxim for sale but the cases were quite damaged, not just scratches but with veneer missing in places. All though I appreciate things being original, I would much rather things to be used and enjoyed and being refurbished if needed then just sat in case of being damaged.

These needed a complete strip to bare plywood then fresh veneer laid, I struggled to decide to keep them original and veneer them in teak, but I found some really nice rosewood and couldn't resist.

So to start the first thing was to disassemble the speakers then get to stripping the cabinets. This was done with a trim router and straight bit with a very shallow depth of cut to remove the majority of the old veneer. Then finish by sanding through the remainder. You can sand completly through but can take a lot longer and is harder to keep the panels flat.

Then onto the veneer, this is some really special stuff and will be sad when it's gone, the key to a good bookmatch is "shooting" the veneer so the edge is perfect, I clamp the veneer between to pieces of mdf then use a flush trim bit in my trim router.

After laying the veneer it's time to trim it all up then onto sanding, I then realised the front edges and rear of the speaker really let the new finish down so had some paint mixed up before applying it to the backs and front edges, although a lot lighter than the original, I think the colour really works.

These were then finished with around 5 coats of danish oil, before carefully putting them back together. max 1.jpg

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Gorgeous looking rosewood finish
 
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Thanks for the kind words, I'm always doing hifi related things, if people are interested I can make separate threads or sort of compile them all into one thread, unless it's a bigger project.
 

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Thanks for the kind words, I'm always doing hifi related things, if people are interested I can make separate threads or sort of compile them all into one thread, unless it's a bigger project.
Always interested to hear what people are doing.
 

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Exquisite job -they look superb!

Can I send you my Beovox 5000s for the same treatment? I warn you though - they're quite a bit bigger! ;)
 

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Lovely big magnets on those Goodmans mid bass drivers.

Speakers look fantastic by the way.
 

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So while I'm still thinking of a new title for the thread here's the next pair on the bench now.

Celestion Ditton 10 15 ohm that someone has painted white at some point.

The seller decided the best option was to just put them in a box with no other packaging.
So more damage has happend in transit.

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All the old veneer removed and damage filled in ready for new veneer. I've straightened the grill the best I can but ideally I need to find some more perforated sheet and re do them.

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Still deciding what veneer to use. I think I have enough of the same rosewood as the Goodman's maxim. Or I have some other rosewood or some grey dyed oak. Which I'm leaning towards at the moment.

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With you on the grey oak looks a bit above and an unusual finish not often seen .
 
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