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Im asking you guys for some help, I want to learn to build sub enclosures. Im just going to be getting designs from others for now. Im just looking for general tips, anything that may happen and how to deal with the situation. I have a varios arry of tools and such, already alloted to me. My gradfather has been a "woodsmith" for most of his life, so i have the tools. Sadly, he is getting too old for me to ask help from him. Ill provide pictures of the stuff that i have to work with.

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Rule 1. doesnt matter what you spent on your equipment.. its only as good as your knowledge on how to use it.. thats wut i learned my first couple box's..

Tips: if you use screws space them about 3-4" from each other. screws actually weaken a box. but are great to hold it into place while building it. (once u put screws in might aswell leave em in).

Use titebond for glue 2 or 3 is good.

Dont use less than 3/4" thick wood (MDF will be the cheapest bet for learning with)

Invest in a few clamps
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What type of clamps? size? Rep for you.
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Also a good idea is to never have 90 degree edges inside the box (or on the edge of the port)





(notice all the 45's)
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BIG clamps. i have some that are over 40" long. Most of the time i just use screws to hold the box together while it dries. but if you dont want to use screws. then your gonna need clamps of various sizes ranging from the shortest width/height/depth of the box to the biggest. so you can clamp it from all directions
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one of the most important things to remember
you DO NOT need a ton of screws.

you see the boxes with screws every inch which is crazy.
i usually put 1 screw every 8-10 inches. if its a short distance lets say 10 inches i put 1 on each end and 1 in the middle.
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Also a good idea is to never have 90 degree edges inside the box (or on the edge of the port)





(notice all the 45's)
So i could just round the wood off on the end in the port?
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So i could just round the wood off on the end in the port?
it will free up the airflow some but its not required. ive done it a couple times but always end up going back to making it simple.
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It helps. also some people like to add 45's to the bottom part where the floor and the walls meet. ive never tried it. but getting rid of as many 90 degree angles as possible helps air move better throughout the box.
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screws if used wrong weaken the box if used right it's way stronger and flexes less I'm going to put a screw every 3" in a checkerboard pattern because it helps stiffen the wood
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