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nissanrider06
06-08-2010, 03:37 PM
I've gotten a lot of help from this forum so hopefully this thread will help someone. So I no longer have access to a saw and am not that good at cutting wood in the first place. So I went on craigslist under the services section typed in carpenter and e-mail a few. I found a couple guys who would buy and cut a sheet of MDF for me for $25 + the cost of wood and I just have to go to there shop and pick it up, so I'm looking at about $50 for the wood and cutting and $10 for glue and screws. Now I will have all my wood precision cut and all I have to do is clamp it together and drill in some screws. You will need a drill and should have C-clamps but it could be done without. Anyways I just thought I would share this for anyone nervous about building there own box but want the performance of a custom box. If you think about it, it's also cheaper than most pre-fab boxes. You can carpet most boxes for $25 more. Here is a link to some carpet and a how to capet your box video.

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Here's a link on a carpeting tutorial (note there is 2 parts)
http://www.edesignaudio.com/edv2/ele...ns_carpet1.php

http://www.edesignaudio.com/edv2/ele...ns_carpet2.php

bubbagumper6
06-08-2010, 03:45 PM
You don't need clamps if your using screws...you use one or the other. Granted using clamps to hold the wood WHILE you screw it, then removing them may make it easier but that's what your buddy is for (holding your wood!) :D

bhsdriller
06-08-2010, 03:46 PM
good idea for someone to try that doesn't have access to a saw

thehardknoxlife
06-08-2010, 07:20 PM
You can get a circular saw from the pawn shop for $10, maybe less. Then maybe get a $5 sander if your not good at using a circular saw, or just make some guides out of the factory mdf cut.

rosshimself13
06-10-2010, 04:42 PM
this is actually a really great idea... helping out a guy who is looking for work and getting the hardest part of building a box done in 1 step

on1wheel01
06-10-2010, 08:14 PM
Yea not bad. But like said cheap circular saw some straight edges and bam.

Slo_Ride
06-10-2010, 08:16 PM
I can build a box with ZERO dollars, Chuck.

nissanrider06
06-17-2010, 10:44 PM
I can build a box with ZERO dollars, Chuck.

Well not everyone has access to free tools and wood and screws and glue...

rumblebee2
06-18-2010, 12:42 AM
i really am surprised that i haven't seen this idea before.

YoungBloodM50
06-23-2010, 12:33 AM
Those carpet laying links are bad. Got any updated ones?

jart27
06-23-2010, 06:23 PM
lowes or home depot will cut it for u with there rail saw have ur measurements and find somenone that knows how to use it and they will rip everything for. then screw together and boom a box

Bumpin' Goalie
06-23-2010, 06:26 PM
lowes or home depot will cut it for u with there rail saw have ur measurements and find somenone that knows how to use it and they will rip everything for. then screw together and boom a box

This. Just cost of wood, glue, screws. I had them do all my cuts last time when my cordless tool batteries weren't holding charge. Worked just fine. Just tell them you need it exact.

k_schutte
06-23-2010, 06:28 PM
I always have Home Depot or Lowes make my cuts for me. first 10 cuts are free, then $0.25 per cut after that. don't point is making my garage all dusty and **** if they can do all the cutting for me for about $2 usually...

I just walk up with a cut sheet and a piece (or two) of MDF and say "I need these pieces". That way if something gets ****ed up, it is their fault and I don't have to buy a new piece of wood. I tell them the cuts have to be within 1/16" for me to accept them. I have never had a problem yet, one kid ****ed up a cut and had to get a new sheet of MDF but then they just cut the first sheet into smaller "project panels" and sold it for even more money...

Bumpin' Goalie
06-23-2010, 06:30 PM
I've never had to pay a dime at Home Depot for cuts. And I've had them recut and even cut mdf from a "recycled" enclosure.

Just be nice and go when they are not busy.

Usually excellent customer service as long as the MDF is/was from there.

jart27
06-23-2010, 06:33 PM
it definately will help someone who does not know how to use a saw keep fingers

jart27
06-23-2010, 06:44 PM
a cheap drill from china and small box of screws pick that up for 35 bucks sheet of mdf what 25 bucks probably have to get a countersink bit all for 60 bucks

kr15
06-23-2010, 06:44 PM
to the op;

pre drill all your holes to avoid splittng the wood...i made the mistake on my first box of not doing this

k_schutte
06-23-2010, 06:45 PM
I've never had to pay a dime at Home Depot for cuts. And I've had them recut and even cut mdf from a "recycled" enclosure.

Just be nice and go when they are not busy.

Usually excellent customer service as long as the MDF is/was from there.


9 times out of 10 I don't pay a penny. However sometimes they are back there for 30+ minutes and the "higher up" people tend to notice that and ask if they are keeping track of the cuts.

jart27
06-23-2010, 06:52 PM
i think that it is a great service that they offer and it definately makes it easier on me for clean up. sometimes I pay but not all the time, and it comes out to a dollar or two. i'll pay that no problem

power-fanatic07
06-23-2010, 08:28 PM
Ryobi cordless drill/circular saw= 100$
Dewalt plunge router = 150$
Spiral upcut, 1/2" roundover = 50$
Jasper jig = 30$

Now you have tools that will last at least 5 years and you will always be able to build your own box.

schackel
06-23-2010, 08:34 PM
i did this before but never thought to post it. i jusy bought the guys 2 six packs of beer

jart27
06-24-2010, 07:04 PM
i did this before but never thought to post it. i jusy bought the guys 2 six packs of beer

hey you need a box built?

michaellane
06-24-2010, 07:16 PM
i think its a awesome idea for osmeone building a tad bit more advanced box then a regular slot ported box. like home depot wont cut 45's and such