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c0rrupted0ne
08-31-2009, 04:36 PM
my uncle has all the power tools needed, but i have no idea what is needed or what is decent material to buy. please help me list all the materials. for example what type of wood to get, etc... Im going for a ported, non carpeted box. thanks!

basscort2009
08-31-2009, 04:39 PM
3/4 mdf. NOT 5/8!
power drill
table saw/ skill saw
belt sander
wood glue

hornedfrog1985
08-31-2009, 04:39 PM
This is what I use.

Tite bond 2, Compass, screws/clamps, a rotozip, a drill, and some cardboard for a stencil.

You don't need the screws, but I currently don't have any clamps, so I use them.

Mike-Team XLA
08-31-2009, 04:40 PM
3/4" mdf, you can find this at home depot
I use titebond wood glue, also food at any home depot
Depending on how big of a box you may want to use either threaded rod or 2x4s for bracing
You'll nee either lots of clamps or screws to hold the wood in place while it dries

c0rrupted0ne
08-31-2009, 05:20 PM
thanks for input guys! also how big should i make my box? i have a 98 TL & a single RE SE.

FurbiesAndBeans
08-31-2009, 05:22 PM
what size is that SE?

c0rrupted0ne
08-31-2009, 05:31 PM
12''

FurbiesAndBeans
08-31-2009, 05:33 PM
Do a 2 cu ft box tuned to 33 hz, thats what it recommends on the website

c0rrupted0ne
08-31-2009, 05:39 PM
thanks!

Pioneer~Saturn
08-31-2009, 05:39 PM
x2 pretty much everything but 3/4" mdf and 3/4" birch plywood are good choices, titebond II is what I use, table saw, router with circle jig, 3/32" drill bit for predrilling, phillips-head impact quality driver bits for your drill save time, 1 5/8" coarse-thread screws for joints, and 1 1/4" coarse thread drywall screws to attach 2 panels to eachother for double baffling etc.

bhsdriller
08-31-2009, 05:40 PM
wood

c0rrupted0ne
08-31-2009, 06:19 PM
just a quick question, from this box plan
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/4623/2cubes32hz375sqin5jm.png
im going to place the box in the trunk, with the sub facing inward. how much distance should i leave out between the sub/box and the trunk wall?

jdawg
08-31-2009, 06:21 PM
face it back

c0rrupted0ne
08-31-2009, 06:25 PM
so the sub would be facing the outside, and the vented area would be close to the trunk wall/ back seat?

jdawg
08-31-2009, 06:39 PM
sub and port back, sub up port back, sub up port up, I usaully dont have any luck facing forward unless its totally sealed off from the trunk with just the drivers firing into the cabin

c0rrupted0ne
08-31-2009, 06:42 PM
thanks, appreciate the info !

Ken448
08-31-2009, 06:48 PM
nope, sub and port should face the rear of the trunk for best output (a tad late) hehe

ThatChevyGuy
08-31-2009, 06:50 PM
I use two saw horses, clamps, a skill saw with a guide i made (straight cuts) glue and screws or nails, and a jigsaw (im good with it). You can never measure enough, make triple sure before you cut and account for the blade thickness in your cuts

Ken448
08-31-2009, 06:51 PM
just remember, its the glue that holds the box together.. Not the screws!!

c0rrupted0ne
08-31-2009, 07:00 PM
nah i go with da screws to make sure the box doesnt break! hehe jk

Pioneer~Saturn
08-31-2009, 07:02 PM
just remember, its the glue that holds the box together.. Not the screws!!

A glued and screwed joint will hold better because the screws will extend the hold into the material rather than only the faces of the material glued together, which on mdf isnt too hard to break two glued piece apart...the first couple layers of mdf tear away from the bulk of the panel...but if screws were used, you would pretty much have to destroy the pieces to get them apart.

There's a test in wood magazine on wood glue joints where, normal butt-joints definitely benefited from the screws being present and took considerably more pull-apart strength during testing along with angled pressure because the screws transfer the force into the wood, away from the pivot point (the joint)...taking more force for failure.

A properly wood glued and clamped joint is rediculously strong, but screws will add to the joint especially with normal butt-joints in mdf....but yes, wood glue is the most important component in the enclosures construction imo

Ken448
08-31-2009, 07:06 PM
thats kind of a no-brainer.. What I should have said is.. You dont need 400 screws in a 3ft^3 box to hold it together. A few will do!

Pioneer~Saturn
08-31-2009, 07:08 PM
thats kind of a no-brainer.. What I should have said is.. You dont need 400 screws in a 3ft^3 box to hold it together. A few will do!

Agreed :)