View Full Version : Where to get MDF

That Guy 1
11-13-2004, 09:49 PM
I heard you can get mdf at lowes and home depot so is that right? and how much will it cost around to build a 2.5 cu ft tuned to 35hz? any help would be good. and ive also heard they will cut it for you. does that cost extra or just tip yhem or what? :sick:

11-13-2004, 09:52 PM
yep lowes, home depot, your builiding center... etc.

Just measure it out, how much wood you need per side, total it together and see if a sheet will be enough...

I've never gotten wood cut for me sorry, cant answer that one...

That Guy 1
11-13-2004, 10:00 PM
thanks so does it come in big sheets? yeah and i have a box specs from REs website for an SX12. it tells depth15", width36", height 13.5",port width 3", port length 11.5", port height 12" ,and the peice that connects to the port on the inside 24"( i dont know what its called). so i think i have every thing. its all shown on a diagrahm. www.reaudio.com

11-13-2004, 10:12 PM
most places charge about $20 for a sheet of 4ftx8ft MDF and what i like to do is bring them my boxplans and they charge me about $5 to cut all the peices for me so i go home and assemble

11-13-2004, 10:18 PM
what place do you go to that does that for you?

That Guy 1
11-13-2004, 10:40 PM
yea i heard lowes and homedepot do it but i dont know. its funny b/c lowes is about 1/4 mile down the road from home depot. you can stand at lowes and see home depot good comp.

11-13-2004, 10:54 PM
i wouldn't trust them for box cutting, most of the time they're only accurate within 1/8" or so...not good enough for box building, good enough for shelving maybe.

i love being able to throw 4x8 sheets in back...i hate having my workshop 200 miles away...:(

That Guy 1
11-13-2004, 10:55 PM
i dont really feel like cutting them myself it would be alot easier for them to cut it. i dont think it would be that bad.

That Guy 1
11-13-2004, 11:11 PM
i hope they can cut the wood right, if they dont Ill be mad

11-14-2004, 12:57 AM
I usually did my own cutting, but find someone at lowes or home depot that gets it cut right everytime and you're set. I found a guy at Lowes that reset their wall saw to get the exact cut every time.

11-14-2004, 01:26 AM
Lowe's in my area doesn't carry it but home depot does. ws 24 bucks a sheet.

11-14-2004, 05:45 AM
lowes = 2 free cuts, rest are .25cents

I dunno about homedepot maybe a bit more...

11-14-2004, 05:47 AM
same price.
Just make shure its dead centered.
they dont care if the cuts are off

11-15-2004, 12:08 PM
I've always gotten it at Lowe's and just had them make 2 big rips...generally rectangular boxes consist of two different dimensions that are held throughout the elclosure. Then I just cut those to get the second dimension of each piece if that makes sense.

$18.84 for a sheet here.

11-15-2004, 12:32 PM
if they cut it wrong, make them do it agian... .for free...


or give you 2 free sheets of the MDF, one to replace the first one, and one for your troubles.

11-15-2004, 01:55 PM
If you can afford it, try and locate some Ultralight MDF (ULMDF). This stuff is considerably more expensive but it is very very light! What usually takes 2 people to easily move a 4'x8' sheet of regular MDF one person can move a 4'x8' sheet of ULMDF.

The advantages to spending more money? This stuff is so easy to work with! It cuts like paper and leaves edges that are smooth and tight, even with a dull blade. When building enclosures your seems need to be perfect. Also, because it is not as dense at regular MDF, the sound is better IMO.

Check it out...

11-15-2004, 02:05 PM
I cant cut for ****, but if i build another box, they will cut for me, but in the mean time, i fuond a guy that designs, builds and installs your box for $100 cash at a rimshop. Cool dude too.

11-15-2004, 06:45 PM
If you're going to go that route, make sure you tell him what size and tuning you want...a generalized box will not do. You could even go to him with a design to be safer and just have him put it into reality.