Thank you for your kind words.
Eventually when I build my garage out I'll add the necessary tools/equipment for a complete cut and build but I wont be able to do that for my first build. It sounds like great fun though, I enjoy a good weekend (or 2) projects of mine own that aren't mandated by my better half.
As for completed enclosures or at least ones that are complete cut for me and all I have to do is assemble them, I'm up for the task I'll just need a few more materials and a bunch of clamps (I'll search more on those later).
Keep in mind I don't know the numbers or what I'm even looking for the technical details with building a sub, proper excursion, xmax or any of the terms I've seen on these forums I'll have to "learn" myself on all of that as I go. I pick up on things quickly though. Let me bounce a couple of ideas off you.
I think my number 1 choice would be the 4.5 cu foot enclosure on DIY soundgroup, however, it appears the cutout is for the TC Sounds 18" LMS, which is by itself over my budget (Can the Dayton Dayton Audio RSS460HO 18" or the Dayton Audio DCS450 18" be used in this enclosure?). With this setup I would power it with the ep4000 (which would leave me room to add another sub down the road correct?)
If that doesn't work then I was thinking Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" in the 3.5 cu foot flat pack from DIYSG, using the same ep4000. Maybe since the Dayton 15's are so cheap i could get 2 and dual oppose them? I don't see any flat packs for those though, are there other websites/forum members that make them?
Or do I really need to get accustomed to WinSD now and play around with my own enclosures. Also, lets say I learn the software, get feedback from you guys, are their places that I can give the specs for the enclosure to and have them make all the cuts and then I would just need to assemble? I think I even heard somewhere on these forums someone had Lowes do the cuts for them something like .25 a cut!?
Then do I purchase miniDSP and REW or is REW free?