Great project! You’ll learn a lot!!!
Please forgive and forget what I’m writing now, if you don’t mind the sound quality of the finished product. This is my tuppence from being an audio nutter.
Disclaimer: Only keep reading if you’re an audio nutter like myself. I’m not a high-end idiot, but I spent many years in recording studios in front of studio monitors - so… that’s why I call myself an audio nutter.
You are aware of the resonance problem when building speaker enclosures from hardwood?
If you’re building a musical instrument, hardwood is the way to go… well, it has been for many, many centuries. Resonance is embraced, but not when building speaker cabinets - resonance is your enemy.
You will be using some form of absorbing material inside the cabinets for the high frequency reflections of the wood, but when using hardwood for enclosures in bookshelf dimensions, you will very likely be experiencing a lot of 120-280Hz and 400-800 Hz resonances, depending on the material and the dimensions. This could potentially make them sound a bit dull, even with very high quality drivers.
An affordable alternative would be HDF for the cabinet and slab veneer onto it, if you’re going for the look.
Practically, you’ll only notice the difference when comparing the speakers to another set of speakers. Most people are fine with an 8 pound radio made of plastic. This is only important, if you want to make the most out of the finished product.
Again, I’m fully aware of being the party pooper. No worries if go ahead and build the speakers from hardwood and I’m sure they’ll look and feel phenomenal! If you’re not a sound nutter, then you will have an absolute beast of a project! Some further reading material on resonances…
Please share pictures along the way!!!