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ls1pimp
12-23-2006, 08:24 PM
I have the thing in a 1 cube circuit city enclosure right now, and i need to put it in a "real" box now that i have a new car with tons of trunk space (Acura MDX). I have never built anything in my life either. :crying: I have no idea what my options are, and i have no idea how to even design a box, nor build one. I just want it to sound insanely insanely insanely loud, but still have some good sound quality. Thanks

saywhat?
12-23-2006, 08:29 PM
well, its a good start to buy the right equipment, theres a thread in the building help section specifically for people like yourself. You can have home depot cut the wood, or have a cabinet shop do the same, OR you can buy all the tools so you can build more later.

dleccord
12-23-2006, 08:37 PM
know what you want to tune it to, know what tools to buy, and use a box building program like the one on reaudio.com. that's pretty much it.

ls1pimp
12-23-2006, 09:02 PM
What size/tune would you guys suggest for the 12 inch XXX? Like I said, i want it to be extremely loud, but also retain a decent amount of sound quality. And if i just pay home depot to cut the wood for me, would I just have to glue the peices together and hookup some wire terminals to it?

baseballer1100
12-23-2006, 09:06 PM
Yes. But if you want really good cuts i would try a cabinent shop or purchase the materials to do it yourself.

ls1pimp
12-23-2006, 10:16 PM
Yes. But if you want really good cuts i would try a cabinent shop or purchase the materials to do it yourself.

thanks, ill definately look into a cabinet shop. Also, this may sound absurd, but would they cut the circle out for the sub? I have no idea how to do that myself since all we have here is a jigsaw.

dkc62
12-23-2006, 10:24 PM
thanks, ill definately look into a cabinet shop. Also, this may sound absurd, but would they cut the circle out for the sub? I have no idea how to do that myself since all we have here is a jigsaw.
Yes, with a router.

dkc62
12-23-2006, 10:35 PM
One other thing is if you have a cabinet shop do it it may not be to your liking as if you have a professional enclosure builder do it. Cabinetry is building custom wall units, bathroom and bedroom sinks, closets, additions. I wouldn't even think they would waist there time on a box. What would they rather do? Build your box or install a kitchen, ect. I know these things because I used to work and build cabinets and deign them and instal them. It's all about money. Now mabye if you gave them $500 or more they would do possibly. Even my Uncle has a shop and he won't let me build enclosures there. He says he's to busy and it's a waist of his time even if he's not at the shop. He installs for Home Depot.

You have two options. Find someone here with free time on there hands or do it your self. I'm not putting myself out there but I don't do anything all day until I get inlisted into the Army in Febuary. But ask around and get price qoutes.

Stephen

Ali1
12-23-2006, 10:51 PM
fvck home depot..... your wasting your time if you let home depot cut your wood. Just got my wood cut from home depot. My cuts were so fvcked up, i will show you pictures... THEY WILL NOT DO PRECISION CUTS. and they will make sure to tell you that because that seems to be their excuse for their lousy cuts......

acold7dusta
12-23-2006, 11:02 PM
fvck home depot..... your wasting your time if you let home depot cut your wood. Just got my wood cut from home depot. My cuts were so fvcked up, i will show you pictures... THEY WILL NOT DO PRECISION CUTS. and they will make sure to tell you that because that seems to be their excuse for their lousy cuts......
not always true, you just gotta know the right people, or show them a little tip. i agree, half the time you go there, your cuts will be all off, but if you go on a slow night when they're bored, they will take there time to cut it right

Ali1
12-23-2006, 11:32 PM
they charge 45 cents per cut.....literally.

meaning if i wanted 6 panels of the 4X8sheet, they will charge you for every cut they have to go through to make those 6 panels. Dude kept cutting the wood wrong, so he can could keep taxing my *** with all the cuts needed to make the dimensions i asked. Everytime he would make a cut, he would go to the paper and write 1,2,3,4, etc.

Why would i tip his *** if he's already charging me 45cents for each cut and top of that his cuts are sh!tty......?

i got ripped off and i will learn to cut my own wood

or

save money for the equipment needed to do it myself......

BTW, home depot will not cut the circles for you.... so you might be better off at a cabinetry shop....

PV Audio
12-23-2006, 11:41 PM
I'd just have someone build you a custom enclosure instead of messing something up and blaming the driver for the poor sound.

ls1pimp
12-23-2006, 11:45 PM
wow, this sounds like its gonna be a PITA, hopefully i can find someone to build the box for me.

ls1pimp
12-23-2006, 11:46 PM
I'd just have someone build you a custom enclosure instead of messing something up and blaming the driver for the poor sound.

Yea thats what I really want, but it sounds like its gonna be very hard to find someone in my area (central NJ) to find a box builder

RAINMAKA
12-23-2006, 11:57 PM
Yea thats what I really want, but it sounds like its gonna be very hard to find someone in my area (central NJ) to find a box builder

Thats how I feel except I am in eastern CT

Ali1
12-23-2006, 11:58 PM
ouch....

bumpinne0n
12-24-2006, 12:44 AM
well, its a good start to buy the right equipment, theres a thread in the building help section specifically for people like yourself. You can have home depot cut the wood, or have a cabinet shop do the same, OR you can buy all the tools so you can build more later.

How much does it usually cost to have a cabinet shop do the cuts?

wu36ca
12-24-2006, 02:16 AM
Don't know if you have Ace Hardwares around you, but many times these stores will be dedicated to lumber and have milling rooms specifically for project cuts. For $4 I got perfect cuts for my ported box. THe machine they used I believe had a monitor that displayed the measurement as opposed to the cutter "eyeballing" it.

ls1pimp
12-24-2006, 02:19 AM
Don't know if you have Ace Hardwares around you, but many times these stores will be dedicated to lumber and have milling rooms specifically for project cuts. For $4 I got perfect cuts for my ported box. THe machine they used I believe had a monitor that displayed the measurement as opposed to the cutter "eyeballing" it.

haha there is an Ace hardware down the street from me. Did they make a circle cut out for the sub too?

wu36ca
12-24-2006, 02:26 AM
Well I didn't need a circle cut. I just did that with a jigsaw. If you have a compass circle cuts are super easy if you go slow. I have used a jigsaw twice in my life (both for sub cut outs) and I got them perfect both times using a cheap jigsaw from Harbor Freight. And if you are worried, do like I did the first time and cut slightly smaller than what you need and sand the rest. I wouldn't worry about the circle cut. If you go to Ace, you should ask how accurate they cut just to make sure.

dkc62
12-24-2006, 02:42 AM
Yes, living in eastern shore I had to do everything myself. The jigsaw holecut out, holding the pieces together and make the first pre drills. I had to literally use a jig saw two make my 4cf box because my saw shortened out. It came out ok but not perfect. Thank god for carpet. :) Now I have a sober friend who lets me use his table and tools if I sweep and straighten up a little.

I could build it for you but I live on the eastern shore in Va.

My next project is an 8 cubic footer. Now that'll be fun.

bholtmeier
12-24-2006, 01:57 PM
Me and my buddies have went to home depot like 900 times, and they haven't charged us once.

ls1pimp
12-24-2006, 02:14 PM
ok, i think i found a good box builder, but I have no idea at all what size i need or tune for the sub. Its a 12 inch XXX (older one, not the newer one that costs a ton of money). I like sound quality, but i also want it to hit extremely hard (hence why I bought the sub). I definately am more interested in SPL than competition level sound quality, but I don't want it sounding like garbage becuase its a pure SPL box either. I just want it to be insanely loud, but sound good while doing it.