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dakotap
06-01-2008, 01:03 AM
So, today I decided to build my first enclosure. I followed the sticky to figure out size and port length and stuff. Now I kinda have had to do some sanding on some high spots for stuff to match up, but I used a jigsaw to cut the pieces, instead of the skillsaw (shoots self for this error) so I have to sand down some high spots on the port walls to get the top plate to fit properly. It's 3.6 cubes tuned to 32 hz for a single SSA ICON 15 (which I haven't ordered yet.) I know the edges are **** but honestly how bad did I do???:confused:

geowick07
06-01-2008, 01:07 AM
Doesn't look TOO bad for a first.....just remember the old adage, "Ugly Is Loud".
Good job! Don't worry. You only get better as you build more and more.

silvercookie
06-01-2008, 01:07 AM
better boxes come with building more boxes lawl.

mine came out the smae with the edges off a little.

Oldbass38
06-01-2008, 01:09 AM
Not bad...It is your FIRST try so don't be too hard on yourself....You can still be proud of what you've done and I'm sure this will not be the last box you'll ever build....Practice ALWAYS makes things better!!

dakotap
06-01-2008, 01:21 AM
Thanks for the comments, I did this as more of a "can I do it?" project. I have two 10's that are rated at 200w rms that are getting replaced by this monster. I was going to have BJ Fisher build me a box, but I've got voodoofest tickets to buy, and I'm a bit tight on cash, I think total this cost me like $32 :)

skydeaner
06-01-2008, 01:39 AM
nice job, my cuts always end up like that lol. I have built about 50 boxes. I need a **** table saw already lol.

dakotap
06-01-2008, 01:44 AM
My dad used to have a table saw around here but I think the motor burnt, and we just dont have the room for one at the moment, next time I'll def. use the skillsaw at the least. I just hope it sounds good and can hold me over for a while. I may throw some carpet on there later, after all the jagged edges are buffed out and I get the speaker in and check it out. I'm probably gonna shave some high spots and put the top on tomorrow if I have time.

BigE
06-01-2008, 01:45 AM
nice job boss just you'll get better as you keep on building nice for a 1st one tough :)

thur5d4yf4n
06-01-2008, 02:51 AM
haha i'm sure just about everyone's first box was a bit embarassing. many of the panels on my first box were crooked or overhanging and cut with a jig saw and i think i used gorilla glue and about 60 screws to get it to seal up lol. but now i'm building them for money on craigslist and they have improved a LOT.

Jeremy M
06-01-2008, 04:16 AM
sand it down and go get some resin and resin the inside so u know it's air tight.

Fusion_FREAK
06-01-2008, 04:19 AM
A LOT better than my first box, hell I still can't get a dead center straight cut.

The high areas are nothing a palm sander and a medium grade sandpaper can't take care of.

BrianChia
06-01-2008, 04:59 AM
Not bad at all, I've seen much worse. A belt sander would be handy for that.

AVSTANG02
06-01-2008, 05:02 AM
looks better than lemans.

ironchef b
06-01-2008, 07:07 AM
i plan on building my 1st box in the near future (currently sound dampening) and i hope i get it as "ugly" as yours. update us w/ the final results.

DDSC
06-01-2008, 07:42 AM
I can tell by how it looks and the sub your putting in it, when you hear it theres gonna be a **** grin from ear to ear or your gonna grab your ears. My first box I built (first non prefab ever)was 2.5 cubes @28 hz for a 12" immortal and Ill tell ya, at that time I had never heard so much low end bass come from one sub, Im just mad I didnt get to make one for my 15" btl, but thats ok Im getting a DD 9518g in a sec so **** should get real hectic hehe

Check out the diffrence with my before and after vid, and my btl vids too
http://www.youtube.com/user/PureSPLprix

http://a272.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/80/l_0747384ba6db84fa484e2c540285cd47.jpg
http://a650.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/90/l_5652d20d80fa5ec0ac754baa46e97ed1.jpg
http://a910.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/71/l_b8b7737a8c9568cb773403dd63f16db5.jpg
http://a718.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/86/l_116f61d08dc91edbbc4e7d33e659702d.jpg

jbizzle
06-01-2008, 10:19 AM
not a bad start

hoxie08
06-01-2008, 10:26 AM
not bad at all man. like you said just some sanding. no biggy.

Idealrealist
06-01-2008, 10:36 AM
looks better than lemans.

Ho snaps! :word:

.::DuD3::.
06-01-2008, 11:59 AM
If you wrap it up in carpet or vinyl, it'll look just as good as a professional box.

J31Rob
06-01-2008, 12:03 PM
it's not really a horrible looking box.. performance > cosmetics, IMHO.

just WAY excessive on the screws..

dakotap
06-01-2008, 12:29 PM
it's not really a horrible looking box.. performance > cosmetics, IMHO.

just WAY excessive on the screws..

I know, I used alot seeing as I had a bunch of gaps that had to be kinda sqeezed together so i used alot of screws so that the pressure was distributed evenly. lol, still kinda excessive though:laugh:

J31Rob
06-01-2008, 12:32 PM
I know, I used alot seeing as I had a bunch of gaps that had to be kinda sqeezed together so i used alot of screws so that the pressure was distributed evenly. lol, still kinda excessive though:laugh:

it'd probably be a good idea to mix up some wood glue + saw dust & line all your corners & **** with it.. just for an extra good seal.

unless your plan is to resin the inside or something..

dakotap
06-01-2008, 12:34 PM
it'd probably be a good idea to mix up some wood glue + saw dust & line all your corners & **** with it.. just for an extra good seal.

unless your plan is to resin the inside or something..


I have lots of glue on the inside, I went crazy with that stuff. Are you talking about the exterior seams?

J31Rob
06-01-2008, 12:35 PM
no sir. interior.

i usually do that. mix wood glue w/my saw dust & it makes a nice paste. home made wood filler ftw.

dakotap
06-01-2008, 12:37 PM
I'm gonna have to do that then. I've heard about doing that before, just figured the glue would be enough alone.

J31Rob
06-01-2008, 12:38 PM
I'm gonna have to do that then. I've heard about doing that before, just figured the glue would be enough alone.

yeah.. it usually is. what kind of glue did you use?

evilxxx
06-01-2008, 12:41 PM
For a first time ever thats nice

PV Audio
06-01-2008, 12:57 PM
looks better than lemans.This **** is ****ing Michelangelo's David compared to my **** :laugh:

PV Audio
06-01-2008, 01:00 PM
no sir. interior.

i usually do that. mix wood glue w/my saw dust & it makes a nice paste. home made wood filler ftw.I've got like 4 bucket fulls of MDF dust in mah garage. It's invaluable for two reasons: color matching woodfiller, and more importantly, spill cleanup. I dumped an entire container of minwax mahogany stain on my garage floor, and before it spread everywhere, just put a ring of dust around the spill, throw dust on the top, and just sweep it all up http://jaih.optus.nu/img/fbgm.gif

J31Rob
06-01-2008, 01:01 PM
I've got like 4 bucket fulls of MDF dust in mah garage. It's invaluable for two reasons: color matching woodfiller, and more importantly, spill cleanup. I dumped an entire container of minwax mahogany stain on my garage floor, and before it spread everywhere, just put a ring of dust around the spill, throw dust on the top, and just sweep it all up http://jaih.optus.nu/img/fbgm.gif

edit: i'm a noob.

J31Rob
06-01-2008, 01:03 PM
oh, lol oops.

dakotap
06-01-2008, 02:37 PM
yeah.. it usually is. what kind of glue did you use?


It's Titebond II but I mixed some and put it in the interior seams anyway, better be safe than sorry. I put the top on, had some gaps, nothin alot of glue and lots of screws couldn't fix though. When I get my speaker and cut my hole I'll mix some more sawdust and hit the leftover cracks. It's 16" Tall so there won't be much wood between speaker ends. I read 16" is the shortest you can get away with, with very limited back seat room in my truck, I built it the minimum, just made it wider for more airspace. I think it should pound okay.

PV Audio
06-01-2008, 05:12 PM
It's Titebond II but I mixed some and put it in the interior seams anyway, better be safe than sorry. I put the top on, had some gaps, nothin alot of glue and lots of screws couldn't fix though. When I get my speaker and cut my hole I'll mix some more sawdust and hit the leftover cracks. It's 16" Tall so there won't be much wood between speaker ends. I read 16" is the shortest you can get away with, with very limited back seat room in my truck, I built it the minimum, just made it wider for more airspace. I think it should pound okay.
:thankyou: for all the comments.That is probably the most homoerotic smiley we have on this site; it just reeks of pole smoking.

dakotap
06-01-2008, 05:25 PM
That is probably the most homoerotic smiley we have on this site; it just reeks of pole smoking.

:iagree:

I haven't seen that ghey of a smiley in a while. Haha, we need some new ones.

dakotap
06-01-2008, 05:26 PM
Finished pics will be up in a bit. All I need to do is cut the hole out for the sub and terminal cup. I'm not gonna do that till I get the sub in though.

tehrichie
06-01-2008, 05:29 PM
Only browsed the pics but doesn't look too bad for a FIRST box

kovemaster559
06-01-2008, 05:29 PM
:iagree:

I haven't seen that ghey of a smiley in a while. Haha, we need some new ones.

GHEY

dakotap
06-01-2008, 05:31 PM
GHEY


I know that smiley is ghey.

Fo Sho.

dakotap
06-01-2008, 05:38 PM
Here's some pics of the mostly finished product. Yes I know there are lots of screws.

DBDRAGGUY
06-01-2008, 05:47 PM
Not a bad job at all. With the right tools and a little time, you will devolop your technique. Invest in a router, and a good circular saw and go from there.