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    Default Portal Speakers

    I'm surprised that nobody else has done this yet. We have seen several computer cases of this theme, but not a set of speakers. I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. More to come later.

    A box with a hole cut for the amp.



    Some corner pieces. There are 24 in total.



    A homemade jig. Can be used for circles or straight lines.



    Three pieces make up each corner section. The box is used as a jig while the pieces are glued. The clamps hold them on until the glue is dry and they are one piece.



    The corner pieces are then removed from the box. Glue is added to the inner seams, then wood filler is used to perfect small imperfections. They will be sanded too!



    I am going to add a few details this week and by this Saturday it should be done. The speakers that will go with it havenít even been started, and details on them is still secret. All you can do for now is just enjoy what I give you.

    Hereís the sub amp and 8″ woofer.





    I know what you really want. You want to see the sub box with a little more detail. Hereís the box painted up. Itís a little darker than I hoped, but thereís not a lot you can do without getting it custom painted at an autobody shop. Later this week I will add the EL wire and glue on all the corners. Then there is a little wiring, and screwing in the amp and woofer. Then the Subwoofer will be done!


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    The Companion Subwoofer. Nicely done!
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    That totally kicks a$$!!!

    Though I think the thread title should have been Companion Cube Subwoofer.

    I was expecting a pair of bookshelf or something with the orange and blue portal art
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeus View Post
    That totally kicks a$$!!!

    Though I think the thread title should have been Companion Cube Subwoofer.

    I was expecting a pair of bookshelf or something with the orange and blue portal art
    I would have done that, but the subwoofer is only part of the total build. The speakers are going to be soooo good. I've told a few people on the site what they will be, but for the most part I'm keeping it on the DL.

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    AH HA!! So the plot thickens. I didn't realize this was still a work in progress. I retract my earlier post and eagerly anticipate you further updates.
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    Very unique and creative box shape and design.
    I have that same amp on the back of my subwoofer box
    I use for my theater entertainment system.
    They have them at parts express.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclecticos View Post
    Very unique and creative box shape and design.
    I have that same amp on the back of my subwoofer box
    I use for my theater entertainment system.
    They have them at parts express.
    Yeah, I got the woofer and amp from Partsexpress.com. It's a good place.

    I'm repainting today (right after I finish this post actually). I'll post more pics tonight or tomorrow. I'm just plain not satisfied with the paint. It's too dark and I can't stand it. I found a lighter gray at the hardware store and after some studying in Gary's Mod, I've decided that the corner pieces are actually white. They're actually more white than the parts on GlaDos, or the Aperture computer itself. So, I'm going with white paint for the corners. I'll sand down to some gray to make the cube look old. It should turn out better this time, although I frustrated to have to do this over again.

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    This looks interesting. +subscribe

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    I was unsatisfied with the results I was getting, so I decided to repaint the cube. It was frustrating, but worth it. I like the new results a lot more and after some dry brushing and a few coats of clear, it will look perfect. I’m still waiting on the pink EL wire to ship, but it should be here before the end of the week and then I can finish the subwoofer. The speakers will come next. I have the drivers, but everything else to make them needs to be purchased.

    Let’s take a moment and compare the new paint job and old to a screenshot of our favorite cube.







    Now, knowing that the new paint job isn’t finished yet, which is closer to the screenshot?

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    I'm not sure which is new, and which is old, but I think I prefer the paintjob before the screenshot. Just looks better IMO.

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