Here's some pics of my first DIY subs. I probably wouldn't have attempted building my own if Erich hadn't been such an asset to the DIY community by offering his flat packs. The subs assembled easily and the cabinets are first rate. I worked on this over weekends that were very spread out and I forgot to take pics of the build. But being a flat pack, you can pretty much imagine how it went together.
The subs are Dayton 10" HF's with BASH 300 watt plate amps. The veneer is a paper backed walnut with a PSA option. You peel off the backing, place it, and then press down with a veneer scraper. It already has an adhesive on the back. You have to press down REALLY, REALLY hard to properly get it on. But once on, it's on. For the front baffle, I simply spray painted it with rattle cans with a flat finish.
The subs home will be in an apartment with KEF 3005se's. In that space I'm not looking for high output or super low extension. Just good integration with the satellites and as smooth FR as I can get.
Thanks guys! :)Feels good to have finally built my own after reading this forum the past few years.
I left the subs naked with the thought that I might add grills later if need be. (The "need be" being my two little boys.)
One of the inspirations for the look of the sub was an Eames stereo speaker called the Quadroflex designed in the '50's. He covered the driver with a steel mesh grill. At least that's what it looks like.
So I bought these metal grills…
They fit exactly inside the cutout for the driver. I thought I could crazy glue small PE magnets inside lip of the metal grill facing down and then have the opposite magnets placed onto to the pan head screws holding the driver on. That would allow me to remove the grill easily whenever I wanted. But it doesn't really work. The magnets don't hold to the screws well, and I don't want to try to glue them or do anything permanent to the outer edge of the driver. I may find another way…still thinking…for now though, they're done.