Type of wood for enclosure


centraltexastundra

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I have the availability of different types of plywood where I work, and was wondering if there was a better type of wood other than MDF. I have CDX Plywood available, BC Plywood, BB Plywood, HDO Black, and MDO. I dont know much about the differences between the bunch but I have access to these different types
 

Popwarhomie

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If you have Baltic birch go with that. Sanded pine is what I have always used.
 
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centraltexastundra

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ok, that is available as well. I can store those sheets in my parents garage and not worry about it. Cool. We have plywoods used for construction and construction sites.
 

Jeffdachef

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Plywood is better than mdf across the board in strength, light weight, resonance. Theres little reason for the excess weight of mdf.
 

Coolhand20th

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Birch and Sanded Pine are really nice on subwoofer boxes.

I would have gone with something other then MDF but anything else costs more then an arm & a leg plus a couple other body parts. For a state flush with logging especially all around me living in the Northwoods of Wisconsin...they really hit us hard on any kind of lumber here. Same with dairy products.....living in the dairy state and beer state....and we pay higher prices on all those products,lol.
 
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I like to use a wood that is dense for subs to dampen and kill vibration. MDF or the heavy good plywood. The lighter stuff is crap.
 

Bobbytwonames

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¾" or 1" birch for "normal" boxes, I'm not sure about wall type boxes. 1" MDF might be better.
 
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3/4" mdf works just fine on normal boxes, you only double up on the where the subwoofers are being mounted.

Birch is expensive in most places. Also a lot of people use sanded pine with great success and it works just as good.
 

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¾" or 1" birch for "normal" boxes, I'm not sure about wall type boxes. 1" MDF might be better.
no you dont build walls so should not be giving any advice on wood and walls. MDF walls is going to absolutely FU.CK your suspension lmao when paired with 400+ lbs of subs and 1000lbs of batteries and wire.

I like to use a wood that is dense for subs to dampen and kill vibration. MDF or the heavy good plywood. The lighter stuff is crap.
He used the cheaper "crap" aka the cheapo chinese sanded pine and did full testing on resonances and vibration. Even one layer is better than mdf resonances wise. Just watch from 25:05 and on and you'll learn a lot.
 

Jeffdachef

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resonance tests setup start at 35:00 for those who have ADHD.
 

Popwarhomie

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For those saying Birch. Make sure you are getting real Baltic Birch and not Home Depot / Lowes Birch. That birch is just Pine with a super thin Birch veneer for looks and double the price. ;)
 

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Exactly Jeff, anyone who would build a wall with MDF is crazy. For regular box building like mine yeah it works.

And yep I noticed that Pop a long time ago, they do it the cheap way.
 

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For those saying Birch. Make sure you are getting real Baltic Birch and not Home Depot / Lowes Birch. That birch is just Pine with a super thin Birch veneer for looks and double the price. ;)
Yep. I built cabinets for my kitchen from baltic birch and noticed the nearly paper thin veneer on my first cuts. I didn’t actually know it was pine underneath. Home Depot wood. The lumber yard that I was able to get nice birch from has now went out of business.
 
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Bobbytwonames

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no you dont build walls so should not be giving any advice on wood and walls. MDF walls is going to absolutely FU.CK your suspension lmao when paired with 400+ lbs of subs and 1000lbs of batteries and wire.


He used the cheaper "crap" aka the cheapo chinese sanded pine and did full testing on resonances and vibration. Even one layer is better than mdf resonances wise. Just watch from 25:05 and on and you'll learn a lot.
I've got friend's building walls. So, **** my dikk jerkoff. I've watched my buddy build multiple layers of birch.
 

Jeffdachef

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I've got friend's building walls. So, **** my dikk jerkoff. I've watched my buddy build multiple layers of birch.
Again YOU dont build walls. You can watch a video on YouTube about building walls and its the same shit as you watching your friend
 

Bobbytwonames

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Again YOU dont build walls. You can watch a video on YouTube about building walls and its the same shit as you watching your friend
@jt4x4, open your ******* eyes, I never told him to build a wall out of Birch. Sorry, my buddy is doing 160+ at 30 hz. I think that he knows what he is doing. Fukking prikk. I never told him to build a wall out of Birch. I fuckking told him 1" MDF you dickwads.
 

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