"Black Betty" My DYI 12" Ultimax PE Flat Pack build
Oh boy did I mess this one up. Lesson learned, don't rush the glue job. As I may have stated in my other post, this is my first DYI build. I was looking to replace my ported 10" Paradigm sub that was seeing age and limitations to the space I had. I was going to go with a 15" Ultimax but the eBay joker never came through. Had the flat pack but never got to unbox it and I had to return it. I ordered everything from Parts Express except the covering. My current setup is a 5.1 with Paradigm Monitor Series fronts/Center and cheap pair of Klipsch book shelves that service the rears. They aren't bad to be honest.
I really didn't want to paint the entire box flat black like some others I have seen out there. The 5.x speakers are in black ash so I really wanted the sub to match. Searching around quickly found a "black ash" type of contact paper. I re-used my "kettle black", nick names, "soul sucking black" that I painted my ceiling with.
For tools, I went to Harbor Freight and picked up 4 more wood clamps. They sucked. Bad. I had 2 metal ones and they are quality. I've had them for years. I'll likely return the ones from HF. I bought an orbital sander and some sanding pads. This little bugger was awesome. It is a work horse. It turned my out of square box, smooth.
I will say this about the MDF. It is SO easy to damage. You look at it sideways and it dimples. I bought some wood filler from Home Depot.
Most of the hardware I sourced from Parts Express or HD. I will say this, I used the M5x30mm allen head wood screws and I don't like them. I'll likely use T-Nuts or something next time. I did use foam tape from PE to seal the sub better but the screws didn't seem to take well. They felt like they were stripping. They are doing fine for now.
Anyhow, for your viewing pleasure I present: "Black Betty".
If you want to see the sub in its new home let me know. I have it firing into a wall for now.