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acousticguitar
06-16-2005, 08:45 PM
Got a solid MDF box built by someone else since I **** w/ tools, but is unfinished.

http://img299.echo.cx/img299/3439/8s0012nd.th.jpg (http://img299.echo.cx/my.php?image=8s0012nd.jpg)

Is there anything I can do to make it look presentable (not fabulous, just presentable), but that's easy to do for someone who ***** w/ tools and wood work? (yes, i am officially lame in these things) I really appreciate it!

JimJ
06-16-2005, 08:46 PM
Carpet's pretty cheap.

ruckus
06-16-2005, 08:47 PM
cheapest and most presentable with a so so woodjob would be trunk carpet.

saywhat?
06-16-2005, 08:48 PM
bare mdf=teh sexxae..........................ur cuts dont look bad at ALL, whats with the downing yourself on good work?

bcarpenterfhl
06-16-2005, 08:48 PM
looks tight. whatever the formica or veneer **** is shouldnt be too hard to do.

cjjackson85
06-16-2005, 08:49 PM
Gift wrap...

acousticguitar
06-16-2005, 08:52 PM
i didn't say i made the box! :) clarified above.

i had someone make it for me since i neither have the time or ability to make something like this. :(

bigwheel15
06-16-2005, 08:56 PM
Why not bedline the box? Fairly cheap solution if you dont feel like carpeting.

96pfinderSE
06-16-2005, 09:00 PM
x2 just take it to a line x store or sumthin and get them to do it

acousticguitar
06-16-2005, 09:05 PM
how much you think it would cost to line? its a tiny box actually, 20 x 10 x 10 or so.

bcarpenterfhl
06-16-2005, 09:59 PM
you can do it yourself.

acousticguitar
06-17-2005, 03:53 AM
where do i get the liner? painting is prob easier than spray on for me unless its in a spray paint sort of can. :)

bcarpenterfhl
06-17-2005, 03:54 AM
i think they sale the spray cans at kragen and those types of stores.

cjjackson85
06-17-2005, 03:55 AM
Automotive parts store has it in aerosol cans...

acousticguitar
06-17-2005, 04:23 AM
oh, ok, cool. maybe ill try that. thx!

other than carpeting which i want to avoid and liner, anythin else done easily?

bcarpenterfhl
06-17-2005, 04:25 AM
like i said, though i've never done it, a veneer or forimica doesnt seem too hard to do. seems like you just stick and cut panels.

twoohfour
06-17-2005, 04:25 AM
oh, ok, cool. maybe ill try that. thx!

other than carpeting which i want to avoid and liner, anythin else done easily?


dolllop paint on it, that always works.


uhh

i would say what might be kinda neat actually is you can get this spray acoustic foam thing at Home Depot in a can, and they have different colors, its like that flaky stuff that people always hit their head on the ceiling and it falls down you know? i dont know why, i think that in black would be pretty cool? a nice thick coat.

cjjackson85
06-17-2005, 04:26 AM
^Cutting formica is quite difficult without the proper equipment...

Decipha
06-17-2005, 06:01 AM
cutting just about anything is difficult without the proper equipment

THUNDERBIRD
06-17-2005, 12:06 PM
cover it in vynil

THUNDERBIRD
06-17-2005, 12:08 PM
all u do for formica is put the contact cement on and let it tack up and then when u have it on u use a SHARP blade and cut it kuz its only 1/16 or 1/32 thick

acousticguitar
06-17-2005, 12:44 PM
cool. will look into those as well. (though the ease of truck bed liner sounds neat)

req
06-17-2005, 01:08 PM
yea dude. just get some woodfiller - can get at virtually ANY hardware store) and fill in all the screw holes... hopefully the builder countersunk the screws :uhoh:

you can use bondo if you got some lyin around tho.

sand it as smooth as you can (with a block sander) and then get the spraycan of the truckliner at autozone for $7.99+tax and have at it :)

lotas
06-17-2005, 01:09 PM
all u do for formica is put the contact cement on and let it tack up and then when u have it on u use a SHARP blade and cut it kuz its only 1/16 or 1/32 thick
I would highly not-reccomend trying to do laminate if you are not good with tools and such. I dont even see how you guys do it without a router for laminates, I dont see how you make it look professional without a router.

The way you would do it is you would score a piece about the size of the side you are doing. Score it and snap it (laminate is strong stuff, it can and will crack if in a big roll, but you cant just cut through it) and contact cement the back of the laminate, and the mdf. Wait for them to be not tacky or just a tiny bit tacky and apply pressure while joining them. Then you would use a router and go along the edges to get a clean edge.

Seems a little too in-depth for what this guy is looking for...

acousticguitar
06-17-2005, 01:30 PM
yea dude. just get some woodfiller - can get at virtually ANY hardware store) and fill in all the screw holes... hopefully the builder countersunk the screws :uhoh:

you can use bondo if you got some lyin around tho.

sand it as smooth as you can (with a block sander) and then get the spraycan of the truckliner at autozone for $7.99+tax and have at it :)


You think I can get by without sanding it? Curious.

Harrison486
06-19-2005, 09:26 AM
My box is just bare MDF... I sort of wanna do some finish work on it, but im too lazy to take the sub back out of the box....

jellyfish420
06-19-2005, 10:44 AM
You think I can get by without sanding it? Curious.
you'll see all the screws.
sand it, then paint it.

IshbOO
06-20-2005, 12:09 PM
looks like my sealed box, can't wait to build my ported box

MadAudio
06-20-2005, 08:00 PM
if u want the cheap easy clean look then simply drive to your local fabric store get some vinyl to match your interior , some polyster batting (low loft) ,3m 77 spray adhesive and some super hold fabric glue ( works great for holding tight where the 3m will not hold spray the box with 3m glue then add the batting to the box then spray the batting and glue the vinyl on the batting .
the batting will conceal any imperfections on the wood and give u a smooth proffesional look at a low price

linvillegorge
06-20-2005, 09:53 PM
I just built my box today. The wood filler is drying now. I just used the filler to fill in a few screw holes and a few minor "misjudgements." After it dries, I'm gonna sand it up, round the corners down, then primer it and paint it. I just took my floormats to Home Depot and had them color match some paint for it. I'll post some pics when the install is done. Hopefully it'll turn out pretty good! So far, so good.