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    Icon32 Planning to build a box...what materials?

    I've got a Home Depot close by.

    Now I know the basics: 1.5 inch screws, a drill, wood glue, possibly some high pressure silicone sealant of some sort, 3M #90 glue, and carpeting. What i want to know is what type of wood to use.

    I can get ahold of 3/4" MDF, but not 1". I want to overbuild this box so that I can put something crazy in it later on, plus, it'll fit specifically to my Impreza. I'm putting in a PG Xenon 10" for now, but who knows what I'll put in later

    Is there a better wood than MDF to build a box out of? If so, what would you suggest? The denser the better.

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    Re: Planning to build a box...what materials?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankensuby View Post
    I've got a Home Depot close by.

    Now I know the basics: 1.5 inch screws, a drill, wood glue, possibly some high pressure silicone sealant of some sort, 3M #90 glue, and carpeting. What i want to know is what type of wood to use.

    I can get ahold of 3/4" MDF, but not 1". I want to overbuild this box so that I can put something crazy in it later on, plus, it'll fit specifically to my Impreza. I'm putting in a PG Xenon 10" for now, but who knows what I'll put in later

    Is there a better wood than MDF to build a box out of? If so, what would you suggest? The denser the better.

    ~Levi
    medium density fiberboard. 5/8 or 3/4. what could be that much better?
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    Re: Planning to build a box...what materials?

    3/4 mdf. It is the best balance of weight, price, structural integrity, and acoustics. There is really no need for anything else in a car.

    You can use 5/8 in a pinch.




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    Re: Planning to build a box...what materials?

    Quote Originally Posted by kcdc30 View Post
    medium density fiberboard. 5/8 or 3/4
    I know I can use that, but I do not like the stuff. Working with it in the past, it likes to crumble out when being worked with. I was thinking more along the lines of ply wood of some sort, something stronger with atleast the same density.

    Is that feasible?

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    Re: Planning to build a box...what materials?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankensuby View Post
    I know I can use that, but I do not like the stuff. Working with it in the past, it likes to crumble out when being worked with. I was thinking more along the lines of ply wood of some sort, something stronger with atleast the same density.

    Is that feasible?

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    i don't know alot about wood. how about oak? it'd weigh 600 pounds then.






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    Re: Planning to build a box...what materials?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankensuby View Post
    I know I can use that, but I do not like the stuff. Working with it in the past, it likes to crumble out when being worked with. I was thinking more along the lines of ply wood of some sort, something stronger with atleast the same density.

    Is that feasible?

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    where did you get it as no mdf ive ever worked with has ever crumbled while i was doing anything to it... if you dont mind spending $60+ a sheet baltic birch ply is the sexiness






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    baltic birch ply ^



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    Re: Planning to build a box...what materials?

    Quote Originally Posted by Worlddre View Post
    where did you get it as no mdf ive ever worked with has ever crumbled while i was doing anything to it... if you dont mind spending $60+ a sheet baltic birch ply is the sexiness

    Well, trying to jigsaw the stuff, it just crumbles apart at the edges, and I'm a freak about clean edges. Plus, drilling through it, when the bit or screw comes out the other side, it bulges then breaks chunks away...and it is HD stuff.

    I vaguely remembering seeing a thick 5 ply sheet of plywood for roughly 25$ Atleast i think it was 5 ply, either way, the stuff was insanely ridgid. I guess I need to figure out density though.

    I'm gonna try to find an enclosure designer or something and draw up a picture. Basically, I'm going to build an enclosure that covers the entire back of the rear seat in the trunk, making it look like a wall. This is where I will mount my amps and wiring to as well.



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    Re: Planning to build a box...what materials?

    Birch ply works well too. Also pick up some 90 degree angle corner clamps...they help a ton.




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    Re: Planning to build a box...what materials?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chevyaudio View Post
    Birch ply works well too. Also pick up some 90 degree angle corner clamps...they help a ton.

    As in something akin to C-Clamps? or benchclamps? Or is that some sort of nailing item?

    I can get Oak sheets as thick as I want, but they are not pressure treated. My father is a lumberjack with a mobile bandsaw . I'll see if he has anything outback, but like I said, he doesn't have anything pressure treated so it might warp over time.

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    Re: Planning to build a box...what materials?

    Quote Originally Posted by GrnEydDvl View Post
    3/4 mdf. It is the best balance of weight, price, structural integrity, and acoustics. There is really no need for anything else in a car.

    You can use 5/8 in a pinch.
    unless you are running a stupid pair of 15"s or something, then 1" for the front baffle.

    and dont use super 90 adhesive. get a better quality glue and a gun




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    Quote Originally Posted by bri487 View Post
    unless you are running a stupid pair of 15"s or something, then 1" for the front baffle.

    and dont use super 90 adhesive. get a better quality glue and a gun
    My issue with that is that usually the good glues only come in 5 gallon buckets. Rick over at Raamaudio sells a great adhesive, but I've used the #90 for carpeting and it worked perfectly.

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    Re: Planning to build a box...what materials?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankensuby View Post
    My issue with that is that usually the good glues only come in 5 gallon buckets. Rick over at Raamaudio sells a great adhesive, but I've used the #90 for carpeting and it worked perfectly.

    ~Levi
    it isnt half as good as other stuff. i have never had carpet peel up at all before, not even at seems on corners.




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    Re: Planning to build a box...what materials?

    I have never had MDF cumble on me. are you sure you are not confusing MDF with particle board.




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