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albarran9
07-26-2005, 07:46 PM
I'm building a new box (my first) for my subs. can some one tell me of a good tool to use for cuting out the cirlce for the sub cut out? are there any out there that can do that and sand like a drimel tool or of that sort? can hand tools do that, cut circles?

ChiefontheDitty
07-26-2005, 07:49 PM
Jigsaw?

Woodmister
07-26-2005, 07:54 PM
Just grab a jog for all your cutting needs
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=125248-38307-JS4UL&lpage=none

On circles you will have to drill a big hole in the circle cutout of your sub and start cutting...

ChiefontheDitty
07-26-2005, 07:58 PM
Once you've cut out the cirlce put your finger on the blade and see how that feels. On one box, I had to cut through two pieces of mdf and that took forever.

albarran9
07-26-2005, 08:07 PM
I can cut stright pices of wood, i just need to cut out a cricular pice for the sub opening. you guys think they make big enough attatchements for a drill cutting bit?

albarran9
07-26-2005, 08:09 PM
ahh i think i got it. i'll just drill a big hole with my bigest drill bit and start to saw my way out and then start cutting in a circle?

Woodmister
07-26-2005, 08:16 PM
Thats what i do, and the circles come out just fine

Mr. Opportunist
07-26-2005, 08:16 PM
why not just buy a router?

ChiefontheDitty
07-26-2005, 08:17 PM
Your are going to use a hand saw? Why not spend the 20 bucks for a cheap jigsaw? Makes life easier.

jrz126
07-26-2005, 08:19 PM
yeah mang, a router is the way to go...on a side note, is there a circle jig thingy for a dremel?

Mr. Opportunist
07-26-2005, 08:20 PM
yes but it works like **** dont use it(reason im returning it and buying a router)

jrz126
07-26-2005, 08:26 PM
ok, I figured it wouldnt be that great, but I figured it would be better than a jigsaw....I just used my dads router.

fo0manchu
07-26-2005, 10:45 PM
rotozip has a circle cutting tool. Its alright, not the best. The blade doesn't cut that well through 3/4 mdf. Using a router is the way to go, but if you got a jig saw and you are only making one sub box then just go with the tools you got.

Moe Lester
07-26-2005, 11:36 PM
routers kick *** if you are going to be using it alot. if you only plan to use it once or twice for this project, stick with a really cheap jigsaw.

Mr. Opportunist
07-26-2005, 11:42 PM
routers kick *** if you are going to be using it alot. if you only plan to use it once or twice for this project, stick with a really cheap jigsaw.
go on aim i wanna talk to you about routers :)

ruckus
07-26-2005, 11:59 PM
dont buy the cheap routers off ebay though, I bought one and the ****ing bits keep getting jammed up in the router and you cant get them out without prying them and end up breaking the blades on the bits :(

AVSTANG02
07-27-2005, 12:08 AM
I got one of those $200 mastercraft tools that comes with 100 attachments.

they call them cut out tools i believe.. made cutting out mdf baffles a freakin breeze i cut out a complicated shape and speaker hole in less then 10 minutes.

and it comes with a circle cutting attachment..

basically a heavy duty dremel...

wait till one goes on sale or something....

_DjScrew_
07-27-2005, 12:27 AM
i got a craftsman router and love it

albarran9
07-27-2005, 12:31 AM
I got one of those $200 mastercraft tools that comes with 100 attachments.

they call them cut out tools i believe.. made cutting out mdf baffles a freakin breeze i cut out a complicated shape and speaker hole in less then 10 minutes.

and it comes with a circle cutting attachment..

basically a heavy duty dremel...

wait till one goes on sale or something....

I wish i could find a cheap one of those.

JimJ
07-27-2005, 12:33 AM
Plunge routers > all, when it comes to cutting out circles, doing roundover work on speaker cabinet edges, and cutting speaker holes for flush mounting in material.

Some good brands are Porter Cable, Makita, Bosch, Ryobi, Hitachi...just about anything other than Dewalt, and you're good :)

Moe Lester
07-27-2005, 12:51 AM
ryobi = teh sux... dewalt by far > ryobi

fo0manchu
07-27-2005, 06:23 AM
i agree ryobi=sucky. I have a porter cable, works excellent!