Main goal of this build thread is to lay out the build process in detail with tons of pics. I have already completed the build and now putting it all together. Might take some time but should be done soon.
First off, Devastator as the name suggests produces devastating bass and is one of the best subs I have had. If you want a sub that hits you straight in chest and produces oh so so clean bass, this is it. Now here is amazing part about all this. When it comes to producing roaring bass, it delivers. It just does it so very well. I haven't had many subs in my HT journey but I have had 5 different ones and Devastator outshines them by miles. Plus I tinker a lot to get the sound I want and Dev V1 delivers and delivers plenty with great satisfaction. I call Dev V1 the MidBass monster. Will post more impression as we move along.
So that out of the way, I have build so far 2 Dev V1. Made some mistakes and also made one bad build and realized half way thru and stopped it and started another one from scratch
. When I decided that I wanted to build it, I realized that there weren't many build thread on it and specifically a thread that could go in detail on how to put it all together for someone who doesn't have much expertise like me in building subs. I have built 1 sub from scratch before and created the thread with intention to help others to built their first DIY sub. Here is the link that thread. https://www.avsforum.com/forum/155-d...ld-newbie.html
. I was looking for similar thread but couldn't find one. What I did have though is great support for guys like
and others from main thread but a very very special thx to
. Thx to him, I discovered Devastator sub. Plus He was very helpful in the whole build process. We had many phone conversations/txts and he's just genuinely a very good person.
Finally, special thx to
for bringing this amazing sub to our life. Even the build thread I linked above is his design that he shared with me
The guy is just super talented
So now the Build Thread Starts.
I'm not going to cover what material to buy. You can find all that info on the main thread's first post here https://www.avsforum.com/forum/155-d...l#post57227752
. Scroll down to where the cut sheet is.
Note: If you are using Plywood instead of MDF, the cut list will be just a tiny different as highlighted in RED the in post linked above. So keep that in mind. I decided to go with plywood instead of MDF because I wanted to use R3 Kreg jig. This tool costs only $30.00 but speeds up the whole process. Some here didn't even use any clamp throughout the build process because of Kreg jig. I did use the clamp though in certain cases but Kreg jig just made it much quicker to move to next step.
1 - R3 Kreg jig
2 - Kreg screws
2 - Circular Saw + Circular Saw guide (see PA460 guide for detail on it if you aren't sure which one to get).
3 - Glue (attach image or link here)
4 - Gloves (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
5 - Driver: LaVoce SAN214.50 21" Neodymium Subwoofer 8 Ohm https://www.parts-express.com/lavoce...8-ohm--293-732
NOTE: Search for coupon on main thread on it and use it to get discount
This is a 21" driver. Its BIGGGGG.
There are many approaches you can take to build it but the one I took seems to be the simplest one and has been used by many.
Cut all the pieces and label them according to how its labeled in 1st post of original thread. This will help find the pieces. NOTE: the cut list has many 2x4 small pieces. Again 2x4 pieces.
. I didn't realize that they were 2x4 pieces and I cut them using plywood which trust me was a LONGGGG process since I had to make sure of width and height. Don't make that mistake. You just need to go buy 2x4 and just work on the length based on the cut sheet. Here I'm shoing pieces cut for 2 Devs.
Attach Top and Back pieces. When attaching pieces, make sure that they are all 90 degrees with each other. Use L Shape Scale if you have to make sure they are all 90 degrees (https://www.amazon.com/Timiy-Stainle...3332901&sr=8-5
. I got mine from Home depot. Always use Kreg to first screw the pocket holes in one of the piece. In this case, since top piece is going to sit on top of bottom, screw the pocket holes on top piece that connect to bottom.