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Ctminime
12-29-2005, 01:49 AM
ok so i was wondering what would happen if instead of using 3/4 inch MDF if i used like 3/4 inch plexi glass instead? would that work or would i run into problems. i just thot it would be cool as **** as type r's are... that would be cool to be able to see thru the WHOLE box just thot that it might add somthing... lemme know what u think

PhatTonyDeMarco
12-29-2005, 01:52 AM
It has been done...

As long as it is built properly, it can work just fine. MDF is not the 'best' building material for speaker enclosures, it just happens to be cheap and relatively 'dead'.

I believe there is a guy on eBay that builds boxes like you are describing, not worth it IMO..

trevor87
12-29-2005, 01:55 AM
Would a plexiglass box seal up right? just my first thoughts on it

NhustlaR
12-29-2005, 01:57 AM
there are people that make em. no clue how, but everything is sealed. no screws no nothing. dont know how they do it :?:

PhatTonyDeMarco
12-29-2005, 01:58 AM
Would a plexiglass box seal up right? just my first thoughts on it

Why wouldnt it?...

Eldorado
12-29-2005, 01:58 AM
They are very expensive.
The glue bonds the plastic together so there are no problems about it breaking

trevor87
12-29-2005, 02:00 AM
Why wouldnt it?...


Idk just a thought that crossed my mind that the sealant wouldnt apply right or something

ramos
12-29-2005, 09:48 AM
Check out Bobby gately's site. They are about the best I have ever seen for making plexi enclosures. :)

http://www.gatelyaudio.com/

ramos
12-29-2005, 09:49 AM
Idk just a thought that crossed my mind that the sealant wouldnt apply right or something

The adhesives they use melt the edges of the plexi together. And it dries crystal clear. Results are an enclosure that looks almost seamless. :)

Ctminime
12-29-2005, 02:31 PM
sweet but now is it possible for me to make one...?

ramos
12-29-2005, 02:44 PM
sweet but now is it possible for me to make one...?


Possible ? No offense my brother, but it depends upon your skills, and know how. IT can be done. let me look real quick for a post:)

bimma85
12-29-2005, 02:47 PM
Dont know if you can do it or not, but it can be done....not too hard. :)
Can get pretty costly though :crap:

ramos
12-29-2005, 03:01 PM
D@mn took me a while but I found it. :)

http://audioforum.termpro.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=41;t=000007

pwayzjellyroll
12-29-2005, 03:07 PM
Acetone should seal plexiglass together and clearly used to use it in wood shop. Could stick to plastic pieces together and they stuck very well.

Ctminime
12-29-2005, 03:35 PM
well me and my buddies have built boxes but i dont know how i could handle this crap i dont know how i would get it together and i am confused about how a sub would mount in plastic im sure that i could figure it out.... but is it worth the extra cash (cuz it will be hella expensive) but does it give me anythign besides it looking pretty... cuz as mentioned before i know MDF isnt the BEST material to use... would i gain anything besides a pretty *** box? like sound quality or loudness?

jer_stud56
12-29-2005, 03:40 PM
I was gonna post gately audios website too. Definatly some nice stuff there. Ramos good to see you around once in a while.

maldecido33
12-29-2005, 03:47 PM
not worth the money unless you have just a bunch of extra cash. save yourself a couple hundred dollars and make it outta mdf and paint it glossy, it'll look nice and cost you a fraction of the price.

ramos
12-29-2005, 03:54 PM
I was gonna post gately audios website too. Definatly some nice stuff there. Ramos good to see you around once in a while.


I'm around more now a days. :)

ramos
12-29-2005, 03:56 PM
not worth the money unless you have just a bunch of extra cash. save yourself a couple hundred dollars and make it outta mdf and paint it glossy, it'll look nice and cost you a fraction of the price.



X 2 . Only thing gained with plexi is a pretty cool enclosure. It is a little stronger than mdf. But you won't hear any difference with both constructed properly. :)

squeak9798
12-29-2005, 06:46 PM
:word:


It can be nice looking......but not worth the price of admission, IMHO.

NhustlaR
12-29-2005, 11:18 PM
if you really wanted to see the magnet of the sub, make the box out of mdf, and make a winrow of plexiglass? cheaper, and easier

Ctminime
12-30-2005, 02:26 AM
ok i think that i might do this thing... the window that is.... but i kinda wanna make the entire front out of the plexi glass...... so what problems would i run into mounting a perty heavy type-r sub in nothing but plastic? would i need to get like like little threads of metal and put them in the glass? i dont see a sub staying in there good unless i put it in there and LEAVE it it seems to me once i take it out that i might not be able to use the same hole again..... any thoughts?

Eldorado
12-30-2005, 02:47 AM
Ive seen W7 13.5's in plexi, they are a much heavier sub.
I wouldnt worry about it.

Ctminime
12-30-2005, 03:57 AM
the question isnt whether the plexi can take the weight of the sub.... its is there any special way to prepare the holes... so i dont A) crack the **** B)if i take a sub out (for whatever reason) i want to be able to use the same holes cuz i dont know if i see that hapnin with plexi....

Eldorado
12-30-2005, 04:05 AM
Im shure it can, as ramos said, its a bit stronger than MDF.

Ctminime
12-30-2005, 01:06 PM
Sweet ill try this now the only thing is that i have to make the inside of the box prettier lol ..... im gonna go check on prices fo a 14X32 sheet of this stuff.....

ramos
12-30-2005, 01:10 PM
DON"T USE REGULAR PAN HEAD SCREWS TO MOUNT THE DRiVER Sorry for the caps, but I want to get the point across. You need to use nuts and bolts to attach the sub to the plexi baffle. :)

ramos
12-30-2005, 01:11 PM
Sweet ill try this now the only thing is that i have to make the inside of the box prettier lol ..... im gonna go check on prices fo a 14X32 sheet of this stuff.....


Is the plexi panel gonna be that big ??? :eek: A panel that large is gonna need to be rather thick, or it's gonna flex like a beeyatch. :)

Ctminime
12-30-2005, 01:30 PM
well ya that is jus the dimension for the front of my box..... i guess what i didnt think about is that i should do the center divider in plexi too or else it just may look like ****...... ok and u mentioned that i would need to use nuts and bolts..... and im not sure if i wanna do this if im gonna have to remove the top of my box to mount my subs... or maybe i can drill the hole pattern and glue the nuts to the back of the hole on the inside! ooooo that might work!.....wouldnt it im kinda looking for alternatives to taking the top of my box off to mount a sub.....

Ctminime
12-30-2005, 01:32 PM
Is the plexi panel gonna be that big ??? :eek: A panel that large is gonna need to be rather thick, or it's gonna flex like a beeyatch. :)


And yes it will be im planning on getting wither 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch plexi shouldnt flex too bad if it is put of properly... right?

ramos
12-30-2005, 02:28 PM
3/4 " at least, and you will still probably need to brace it in the middle. Cause the panel will be flat, and quite large. Especially with high power used now a days. :)

ramos
12-30-2005, 02:30 PM
well ya that is jus the dimension for the front of my box..... i guess what i didnt think about is that i should do the center divider in plexi too or else it just may look like ****...... ok and u mentioned that i would need to use nuts and bolts..... and im not sure if i wanna do this if im gonna have to remove the top of my box to mount my subs... or maybe i can drill the hole pattern and glue the nuts to the back of the hole on the inside! ooooo that might work!.....wouldnt it im kinda looking for alternatives to taking the top of my box off to mount a sub.....


Ca glue used sparinglyworks quite well for that exact purpose. When you pull the subs back out of the enclosure ( eventually) you will have to re glue the nuts. But no biggy. :)

Ctminime
12-30-2005, 02:31 PM
are you saying that it is possible that if i do this wrong that my type-Rs could break this stuff?

Ctminime
12-30-2005, 02:32 PM
what in gods name is "ca" glue? i can honestly say that i have never heard of it

ramos
12-30-2005, 02:44 PM
are you saying that it is possible that if i do this wrong that my type-Rs could break this stuff?
If you use too thin of a material, just like with any other building material. yes you can break it. :)

ramos
12-30-2005, 02:45 PM
what in gods name is "ca" glue? i can honestly say that i have never heard of it

Super glue my brother. It's Cyano Acrylate or something like that. It's called ca glue at hobby shops. Which is the best place to buy large bottles of it, and accelerators. :)

Ctminime
12-30-2005, 04:57 PM
any suggestions on bolt size?

TypeRBass
12-30-2005, 05:00 PM
CA glue is god.

Eldorado
12-30-2005, 09:14 PM
I hope you know how much 3/4" plexi costs, its not cheap at all

squeak9798
12-30-2005, 09:21 PM
:iagree:

https://selectproducts.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/page41.html

Ctminime
12-31-2005, 03:51 AM
**** i guess i never realized how freakishly expensive this stuff is..... but now i kinda got my heart set on it
.... hmm might have to rethink this process...

Bigrick31
12-31-2005, 03:53 AM
check ebay for the plexi. but yes it iw quite spensive! i got a 3 sheets of 3/8 4ftx6ft for about $80 on ebay

Eldorado
12-31-2005, 04:00 AM
I swiped some from rick, saved me a but load of money.
It was smoked plexi too :smokin:

cxixer
01-10-2006, 05:20 AM
Forum dedicated to plastics - http://www.able-audio.com/forum/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=9&sid=2db944b4b0069d18cfdad53fe6ea04eb