View Full Version : Box Building

07-07-2004, 01:45 AM
I havent been on here in a while, but anyway, ive built a lot of boxes for myself and my friends, and i am really tired of my jigsaw. great tool, but very time consuming. i would like to know what any of you guys use for cutting out any curved or detailed pieces.

Thanks, Pat

If you want a better idea of what im doing take a look at my sound domain page www.sounddomain.com/id/thegunner

07-07-2004, 03:33 AM
dremel with circle jig. pretty clean if you have the right one:pissed:

07-07-2004, 10:15 AM
I use a router. There are so many different bits you can do almost anything. You can counter sink your subs for a flush mount with you box. (looks real good)

07-07-2004, 11:50 AM
I second the router, best money I ever spent. I would suggest though, to spend some money and get a decent router. Treat it properly and it will last a life time of building. I'm still using the same bosch I bought about 10 years ago. :)

07-13-2004, 04:26 PM
Thanks guys, im on my way to the store now... :wave:


07-13-2004, 05:05 PM
....how would you use a router to cut a double baffle mounting hole perfect?? always wondered the best way... two 3/4" sheets. I've always used the jig... :)

07-13-2004, 05:49 PM
Screw the 2 pieces together. Drill a center hole all the way through the 2 pieces. Unscrew the two pieces and use a circle jig to cut each one out. Another method is to cut one out with the jig then screw the two pieces together and use an offset template bit to cut the second using the first as your template.

07-13-2004, 06:15 PM
I love my jigsaw...

Routers are easy, but expensive, and just silly if you only need it to cut holes... not to mention painfully expensive when the bits wear out (multiple passes... repeat after me.. multiple passes... :D), compared to cheap jigsaw blades.

I generally use my router with a circle jig, because the holes truly come out perfect.. but if you draw a nice circle with a compass, and have a good hand, you can get close with a jigsaw too.

If the speed is what is annoying you... two things:
1) invest in a jigsaw with orbital action - the unique blade motion makes the thing just fly through the wood, where if you disable it it feels like you are standing still
2) invest in some new blades - good ones, and coarse-toothed ones. MDF cuts so smooth, even with the coarsest blade possible, it's still smoother than a plywood cut.

I've got a good router, circle jig.. and even still, I'm 50/50 on which one I grab when it's time to cut a hole. ;)

07-16-2004, 12:02 PM
where can you get a good circle jig for a router, and what is the price range to stay in for one?

07-16-2004, 12:40 PM
Good routers, IMO start at 30$. Just make sure they are a familar brand.

Buy from major retailer. Will be worth it.

I only hate that i can't see the line due to the dust, and how sometimes they spin out on ya.

was never formally trained in the art of routing

07-16-2004, 12:51 PM
Good router is anywhere from $50-$200 . When it comes to circle jigs for a router, the Jasper circle jig owns all. :)