Re: What tools do I need to build a subwoofer enclosure?
Tell you what. Good initiative, but bad judgement from what I have read so far. If you want a box you may as well just buy one from walmart, from the sounds of how yours is going to turn out. YOu want a quality box for quality sound. Even a good sealed box takes some planning, and a jig saw doesnt exactly make the best cuts for precision. YOu can set up a fence so that it cuts a straight line, but even then, that takes planning and measuring to get exact results just like using any other tool. A router and table set up again... If you are strapped for one sub, you will most likely be strapped for a good router table set up. Not to mention if you have little to no experience using a router you may burn the **** out of your router bit trying to cut through the MDF all at once, making it so that it wont cut the MDF what so ever and you will wonder what the hell went wrong. For straight lines go with a cheap skill saw they will give you better results then a jig saw or a router. routers are mainly used for flush cutting, rabit joints, dados, straight cuts for cutting out sub baffles for example, stuff like that. you can get the larger routers for instance like a 3 hp model but that will run you alot of $depending on what one you buy. not to mention the table you get with it. a good once should cost you no les then 150 bucks. that is a cheaper good model that has a solid metal plate, finger for starting free hand cuts, ring inserts for larger and smaller bits etc.
what I am trying to sasy is. if money is tight.... go with a skill saw they are cheap, and easy to manipulate for straight lines. for the hole cut out you say you already have a router. you canmake a circle jig very easy for the sub cut out, and for your terminal cup, however you dont even need a terminal cup. just drill a hole large enough for your speaker wire to fit through and seal it with caulking. you want your joints to fit snug and square with eachother. I don't know how much experience you have with tools, but by the sound of it you seem to be limited, other wise you wouldnt have posted this question. So I would suggest just buying a box or having someone build it for you. because if you are gona spend the money on the tools to build a piece of crap, you may as well take that money to buy one that is half way decent.
Last edited by joeldirt; 03-05-2005 at 08:09 PM.
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