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PV Audio
04-04-2005, 12:59 AM
:D

now that i got my BRAND NEW SKIL JIGSAW i can begin to make my own cabinets WOOT. so i'm going to try my new saw out by building myself my own speakers from scratch. i'm not going to skimp on them this time, and i'm going to make some serious cabinets. what i want to know is if i should make them 3-way or 2-way. i am running 2-way speakers right now, and compared to my dad's jbl 3-ways, there really is not much of a difference to my ears. now down to the drivers. if i decide on a 2-way, i'll eliminate the mid:

tweeter: http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Partnumber=270-170

mid (optional) :http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Partnumber=280-115

woofer (2 woofers a cabinet): http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Partnumber=295-315 OR http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Partnumber=290-308

what do u think? also, where can i get a router/router adapter for my jigsaw? THANKS!

JimJ
04-04-2005, 02:43 AM
I like 2way designs...less complicated Xover...better imaging potential...KISS.

PV Audio
04-04-2005, 07:16 PM
ok wonderful, BUT what kind of circular adaptor should i use? i decided in school (i was reading the PE catalog behind my math book) that i would go with dual 7" goldwood smooth cones and the goldwood tweeter on each.

JimJ
04-04-2005, 07:55 PM
Should be pretty straightforward to homebrew a jig...just something to hold the saw, and your measured radius.

PV Audio
04-04-2005, 09:58 PM
ok so there r not any like purchaseable guides or anything?

PV Audio
04-05-2005, 09:57 PM
so 'bout that guide..

JimJ
04-05-2005, 10:08 PM
I know Parts Express sells something in their speaker building section...no personal experience with it though.

JimJ
04-05-2005, 10:09 PM
Personally, I would have bought a good plunge router instead, I'm not a jigsaw fan myself :)

Plunge router & table saw will do 99% of the work you need for box construction, and do it very cleanly.

PV Audio
04-05-2005, 10:22 PM
yes sir hagop, i'm aware, but those r 2 much $$$$$$$ for a kid like me who is currently unemployed

PV Audio
04-05-2005, 10:25 PM
I know Parts Express sells something in their speaker building section...no personal experience with it though.
link? i cannot find it

JimJ
04-05-2005, 11:38 PM
Looked again...guess they don't have anything for jigsaws, just routers...

JimJ
04-05-2005, 11:39 PM
Lowe's or Home Despot ( :)) would be my next stop.

bcarpenterfhl
04-06-2005, 01:49 AM
what about those saw things you put at the end of your drill (totally blanking on the name). i know they get pretty big.

Acidburn
04-06-2005, 01:49 AM
hole saw?

jmiller0526
04-06-2005, 01:50 AM
hole saws......6" is bout the biggest your prolly gonna find....

jmiller0526
04-06-2005, 01:51 AM
Dam u acid burn

bcarpenterfhl
04-06-2005, 01:53 AM
i dont understand why you cant draw the circle, and eye a jigsaw like a normal person.

JimJ
04-06-2005, 03:46 AM
Also hole saws on a handheld drill is asking for a broken drill...or wrist...

Once you get over 3" or so, the torque produced by those things will go through a drill (forget it if it's battery powered).

iamamp3pimp
04-06-2005, 03:57 AM
yeah ive had 1 or 2 lock up on me before. at first it will catch you by surprise

JimJ
04-06-2005, 04:09 AM
When I drilled the antenna holes in my van (3/4" for the roof and 1 5/16" for the spring mount), I was using a 15-year old Hitachi corded drill, with a side handle, and I still had to back the speed down going through the sheet metal.

Drilling holes in your vehicle's exterior is fun.

PV Audio
04-06-2005, 07:29 PM
i dont understand why you cant draw the circle, and eye a jigsaw like a normal person.
ok how about you never comment on something that you cannot contribute to. try making a perfect circle cut with a straight blade saw in 1'' of wood. you CAN'T. if it is so normal, then why do professional woodworkers and carpenters use guides? if they're professional, then they should be able to do it like "normal" person can. yeah i'm sure you'd be happy when u pick up a pair of speakers and the cutouts aren't perfectly cut and sanded. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

jmiller0526
04-06-2005, 09:00 PM
Im gonna have to go ahead and say that u can cut an almost perfect circle...and with minimal sanding a perfect circle with a jigsaw...i had to do it on my very first box.....takes a LONG TIME...and is not the most fun...but it is possible and isnt really hard..just a pain in the ***

jmiller0526
04-06-2005, 09:02 PM
and also....who gives a **** if ur cutouts arnt perfect circles...if there a lil off ull see them how many times after u put the speaker in....
im not saying its cool to make em all jagged and ****....i make mine as best as i can but if F up or dont have the right tools to make em laser accurate....im not gonna go out and buy **** to make it PERFECT

PV Audio
04-06-2005, 09:15 PM
and also....who gives a **** if ur cutouts arnt perfect circles...if there a lil off ull see them how many times after u put the speaker in....
im not saying its cool to make em all jagged and ****....i make mine as best as i can but if F up or dont have the right tools to make em laser accurate....im not gonna go out and buy **** to make it PERFECT
i know it really doesn't matter THAT much, but i like knowing that if I ever need to change drivers i will have to make minimal adjustments. just something i take pride in.

Moe Lester
04-06-2005, 09:20 PM
ok how about you never comment on something that you cannot contribute to. try making a perfect circle cut with a straight blade saw in 1'' of wood. you CAN'T. if it is so normal, then why do professional woodworkers and carpenters use guides? if they're professional, then they should be able to do it like "normal" person can. yeah i'm sure you'd be happy when u pick up a pair of speakers and the cutouts aren't perfectly cut and sanded. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

actually, cutting through 1.5" with a jigsaw and making a very nice circle by eye is not that hard... just GO SLOW AND TAKE YOUR TIME