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UhOh Spaghetioz
10-21-2012, 03:08 PM
Had anyone had luck with lowes or home depot cuttings all the wood for your box? Ive heard they always mess up but i have no access to a truck to get the wood home uncut

jteske88
10-21-2012, 03:37 PM
actually i will know in a day or two, but then again if some kid in lumber doesnt know what side of the line to cut on i can see where things would get altered.

eddie_93
10-21-2012, 03:38 PM
Had anyone had luck with lowes or home depot cuttings all the wood for your box? Ive heard they always mess up but i have no access to a truck to get the wood home uncut
I'd just measure all the pieces after they make the cuts and if they mess it up, don't buy it. Depending on the size of pieces you need, I usually just get the 4x8' sheet cut into three equal pieces so I can fit it into my car and then cut it at home myself.

jteske88
10-21-2012, 03:44 PM
actually as of late there is new rules, you buy first then they cut, so if they mess up it on you as buyer.

butterMilk
10-21-2012, 03:57 PM
actually as of late there is new rules, you buy first then they cut, so if they mess up it on you as buyer.

Hmm, aint like that up here in canada eh

UhOh Spaghetioz
10-21-2012, 03:58 PM
actually as of late there is new rules, you buy first then they cut, so if they mess up it on you as buyer.

****. I have everything else for the build. The wood is the only thing holding me back :(

cyn
10-21-2012, 04:04 PM
Have them cut the wood 1/8" more than you need... and measure before they cut and after they cut... I have not had one issue with them doing that here. or messing up the cuts.

jteske88
10-21-2012, 04:05 PM
when s the last time you tried to have some cut? home depot is a corparate franchise. they have rules and guidlines to follow.
Hmm, aint like that up here in canada eh

Kangaroux
10-21-2012, 04:08 PM
I had them do my first box for 2 8's...just make it clear to them that you want the cuts to be as close as possible and keep an eye on them. Granted some of the cuts will be slightly off but that's what silicone is for

fasfocus00
10-21-2012, 04:09 PM
don't waste your time getting them to cut it, it's not going to come out right as they use a cabinet saw that is not calibrated. their cuts don't come out true b/c there is no fence to keep the cut square when they pull the saw if the cut is a vertical cut. i never understood why someone would think that someone making minimum wage or close to it will do a job that is usually meant for professional or at least someone with the correct tools. btw I'm a vendor in the Home Depot and I see the clowns that work there on a daily basis.

kushy_dreams
10-21-2012, 04:22 PM
HD has been hit or miss for me, sometimes its less than 1/32" sometimes its near 1/8" off and thats what a joiner is for (if you have access to one). What I have learned is that you have a better chance of the cuts being accurate if you go early in the day before 4-5pm. The people that are there the last few hours the store is open generally **** up more.

audiobaun
10-21-2012, 04:23 PM
Have them cut the wood 1/8" more than you need... and measure before they cut and after they cut... I have not had one issue with them doing that here. or messing up the cuts.

Great idea, but id go at least 1/2 in more on each cut,be easier for a skill saw to cut off than 1/8in,and a smoother cut,just my .02cents

cyn
10-21-2012, 07:16 PM
Great idea, but id go at least 1/2 in more on each cut,be easier for a skill saw to cut off than 1/8in,and a smoother cut,just my .02cents

I do the 1/8" to count for the blade is all... I use a band sander if I need to smooth anything out.

UhOh Spaghetioz
10-21-2012, 09:08 PM
Thanks everyone for their advice. Im new to this forum and so far the people have been great :)

Sleeklsc
10-21-2012, 09:13 PM
I had a "Kid" at Lowes cut up my wood. The guy I talked to went and got him as I said I need pretty exact cuts. They were pretty darn close. Just make sure they know how you want them cut, if they can't do it they should tell you.

Boomsday
10-21-2012, 09:20 PM
My neighbor is the lumber cutter at hd, so I tell him what I need and they are perfect 98% of the time..Just like anything in retail if it aint right you do not have to pay, or you can return it..

maylar
10-22-2012, 07:10 AM
They won't guarantee precision cuts. I only use them for rough cutting the panel into pieces I can put in my car. Always get them bigger by 1/2".

mylows10
10-22-2012, 08:24 AM
I go to the local lumber yard

UhOh Spaghetioz
10-22-2012, 08:27 AM
I go to the local lumber yard

Might have to see if theres one near me. They cut it for you also?

slim2fattycake
10-22-2012, 08:53 AM
just make sure they are consistent with which side of the blade they are cutting the piece you want. Other than that, its going to be a hit and miss. If I remember correctly, they guarantee it not to be off by more than 1/8" only.

Kangaroux
10-22-2012, 09:10 AM
The big thing I see they do is run the blade back up while it's still on which bugs the **** outta me...power tool rule #1 (http://www.caraudio.com/forums/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) always turn the blade off before removing your piece

mylows10
10-22-2012, 11:00 AM
Might have to see if theres one near me. They cut it for you also?

Yes they do and they actually know what they're doing tp

Iosias
10-22-2012, 11:18 AM
Could try a carpentry shop and see if they will do the finer cuts after you have HD or lowes cut it down. Cost more but you will know your box goes together correctly.

DoesDad
10-22-2012, 11:28 AM
The guys at Home Depot can cut it correctly. Trick is to sit there and watch them do it and make sure you emphasize the importance of accurate cuts. Not to say you're not going to get the occasional idiot that couldn't make a straight cut if his life depended on it but it does help....

pro-rabbit
10-22-2012, 11:32 AM
I had to build an enclosure in the middle of no where a few years ago(was at a show), only place around was a HD. I went in and they messed it all up. So I sent Amber back in with the wood and a large T-square. She came back in about 30min with all new cuts that were 100% dead on as if we cut them. I had this happen two times actually, both times I just let Amber deal with it as I have found that places like that will cater to a woman with no questions asked.

mklett33
10-22-2012, 01:17 PM
I'd just measure all the pieces after they make the cuts and if they mess it up, don't buy it. Depending on the size of pieces you need, I usually just get the 4x8' sheet cut into three equal pieces so I can fit it into my car and then cut it at home myself.

They usually have a disclaimer posted that says the dont do exact cuts, it is nice to lay out your cut sheet so that you can maximize material usage.


actually as of late there is new rules, you buy first then they cut, so if they mess up it on you as buyer. I have not seen this yet.


Have them cut the wood 1/8" more than you need... and measure before they cut and after they cut... I have not had one issue with them doing that here. or messing up the cuts. This is what I do, intentionally tell them abou .5 inches larger, then cut at home...

chandler419
10-22-2012, 05:45 PM
I would not recommend it, I was helping my friend out with a box build last week and both of our power tools are over two hours away since we're in college and he decided to get the wood cut at Lowe's instead of waiting until one of us went home and could use the proper tools. Long story short the cuts were off and not even a straight line on most of them so he ended up having to buy a plane to make the cuts remotely straight and the hand sanding. After all of the extra work and sealing the inside as well it still has some air leaks. My recommendation to you would be to either buy the tools to do it your self or have it cut into smaller pieces if you do not have a truck to move it in and do the cuts yourself if you can.

jteske88
10-23-2012, 06:08 AM
yeah i was at home depot last week and had to get wood cut, we ask to have it cut and was told policy changed. buy before they cut so if something happens you need more wood.

Ronny
10-23-2012, 06:34 AM
My Lumber Mart charges a good $25 more per sheet, but they're really nice in the back, and will do however many cuts and will be spot on every time. Then I always tip the two guys there for actually caring and taking some time to do so. Luckily they are middle-aged guys, and know wtf blade curve is and to account for it, and cut on the proper side of a measurement.

When Lumber Mart does not have what I need, when I go to Lowe's I tell the guys straight up, hey fellas, I will tip each of you five bucks if you makes these cuts for me, and remember to account for the 1/8" of the blade since this is quite important to me guys.

Never had a problem.

Ronny
10-23-2012, 06:38 AM
Like a few have stated, when I feel like the people aren't capable of getting it right, I'll have them cut an inch over on each measurement (which in turn means they'll cut 7/8" or 1 1/8" bahah) and true it up with my table or skillsaw and straight cut jig. Sometimes I feel as if it is more effective than my giant table saw and its fence, all these Skilsaw/Jigsaw/Router jigs I have for circular, straight, and radius cuts are freakin' sweet and very effective. Not one complaint. Perfect trued cuts every time.

Ignatowski
10-23-2012, 07:41 AM
buy a saw.....HD cant cut for ****