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adio
04-16-2006, 04:08 AM
this dude offered to make an enclosure for me for $200 + $115shipping. he would make it out of 1/2 mdf and 1/2 baltic birch laminate i'ma try to get him down to $180

i could make my own:
router=$100
drill = $100
2 sheets of mdf =$45-$50

clear silicone= $5
wood glue= $4

2 clamps= $28
straight edge ruler= $??
dry wall screws= $??

plus, i would probably have to buy bits for the router and drill. i would get lowes to make the cuts for me. if i buy the tools i'm only gonna use them twice ( for the HT enclosure and maybe another enclosure when i get a car). should i let him do it or do it myself??

JL12W7INAGS300
04-16-2006, 04:11 AM
if it is a reputabile guy who knows what he is doing then I would say go for it. In the end it would be worth the extra money for the guy to build the box right and air tight than it would be for you to do it yourself and have the chance of messing up (since you haven't done one yourself). Plus Lowes cuts, most of the time, equal crap. But why is he using 1/2 mdf and 1/2 whatever laminate that is. I've never heard of that bein done before..

JAZN
04-16-2006, 04:11 AM
You could probably get a box cheaper than that made by someone from on here.

Otherwise, it's always a good learning experience to do it yourself.

James Bang
04-16-2006, 04:12 AM
that's a tuff one. I myself would try to build it. You can tell him to construct it out of 3/4 mdf and cut the price down.

PatFitz9
04-16-2006, 04:27 AM
yeah, that would have to be a killer box for that price. building it yourself is much more rewarding. plus, i don't think you can ever have too many tools :)

adio
04-16-2006, 04:29 AM
yeah, hard decision. i don't know, i mean i don't know

James Bang
04-16-2006, 04:29 AM
yeah, that would have to be a killer box for that price. building it yourself is much more rewarding. plus, i don't think you can ever have too many tools :)
NEVER

adio
04-16-2006, 04:31 AM
i do, cause i have a 1 bdrm apartment

JL12W7INAGS300
04-16-2006, 04:34 AM
i do, cause i have a 1 bdrm apartment


get a local shop to build it or something.. 115 for shipping seems a little insane

adio
04-16-2006, 04:38 AM
thats cause he's shippin it from virginia. i would love to have someone local make it for me, but the pittsburgh ppl on here are fukkin around, so theyre clearly not tryna do anything with me

JL12W7INAGS300
04-16-2006, 05:07 AM
I am sure there is a car audio shop somewhere in Pittsburgh that would build that box for you, probably for around the same price. Theres always the option of buying all of those tools, building the box, than taking the tools back :-)

Eldorado
04-16-2006, 05:14 AM
1. Go to another city and see what the shops there have to offer.
2. Jigsaw,circular saw, T square,silicone, white glue( elmers bonds wood)drill and screws is all you need. And the wood.
You can get buy without using clamps, ive done it before.

PV Audio
04-16-2006, 01:08 PM
Wait, explain this to me bro. How is the enclosure half MDF and half veneer? And either way, that's expensive as hell.

adio
04-16-2006, 01:31 PM
Wait, explain this to me bro. How is the enclosure half MDF and half veneer? And either way, that's expensive as hell.
thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i don't know how he was gonna arrange it, i didn't even bother to ask. i don't mind payin for shipping of course, but even I know it shouldn't cost $200 to make a box. he already has the tools and all the other stuff. all he needs to buy is the wood, which would come up to 45 - 80 bucks (mdf or BB)

nVRuckus
04-16-2006, 01:37 PM
get a price from PV Audio ;) hes closer to PA aint he and he does HT setups ;) on a side note though it doesnt matter if it costs him $50 hes charging for labor and thats what he charges, is it alot yes but hell I wont touch a computer for less than $60 per hour.

adio
04-16-2006, 01:50 PM
get a price from PV Audio ;) hes closer to PA aint he and he does HT setups ;) on a side note though it doesnt matter if it costs him $50 hes charging for labor and thats what he charges, is it alot yes but hell I wont touch a computer for less than $60 per hour.
ahahahahahhahahaah, well ruckus, puttin together wood is nowhere near as complicated as writing a program or replacin a hard drive or something like that. i could do it myself, but as u can see from the first post, it would cost me almost as much as him doin it for me. so, i still don't know

PV Audio
04-16-2006, 01:58 PM
I dunno ruckus, I really don't factor labr into it as much since I enjoy doing it. For example, I charge 110 shipped for a ported 12 that usually takes 6 hrs, or a friday night and a saturday morning to make. Wood = 25, glue = 5, screws = 10 (big box baby), silicone = 10, paint = 10. So that's 60 dollars in materials, costs around 20 to ship, so 30 dollars in labor. Screw labor, I might as well make money doing something I love versus getting 6.50 an hour to yell at a fry cook to get off meth and fix some chicken fingers (last summer FTL).

adio
04-16-2006, 02:00 PM
I dunno ruckus, I really don't factor labr into it as much since I enjoy doing it. For example, I charge 110 shipped for a ported 12 that usually takes 6 hrs, or a friday night and a saturday morning to make. Wood = 25, glue = 5, screws = 10 (big box baby), silicone = 10, paint = 10. So that's 60 dollars in materials, costs around 20 to ship, so 30 dollars in labor. Screw labor, I might as well make money doing something I love versus getting 6.50 an hour to yell at a fry cook to get off meth and fix some chicken fingers (last summer FTL).
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PV Audio
04-16-2006, 02:01 PM
Teh blowage :(

adio
04-16-2006, 02:01 PM
and trust me, i'd rather have pv makin it cause i like him, he does quality work and we common bonds also.

PV Audio
04-16-2006, 02:03 PM
we common bonds also.
:laugh: :laugh:

Racist.

adio
04-16-2006, 02:07 PM
:laugh: :laugh:

Racist.
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