Hello, I've built up a good head of steam (and enough posts), so it's time to post a build thread. I've been following this forum for a while, and am finally in a position to make some saw/MDF-dust. Everyone loves pictures, so lets get to it
Here is the "before." We got a 75" Samsung LED for black friday. I hooked up some powered bookshelf speakers to get us by.
After a lot of reading, I settled on HT8s for the L/R and some JBLs for the subs. This is a living room and while my wife is cool with whatever I build, I'd rather build something nice than betray that trust. To that end I came up with this design:
There are 4 subs, each with ~1.6cuft. I left space for the upcoming DIYSG HT-series horizontal center channel.
After I started cutting, I changed the design by rotating the sub boxes 90deg so now they're standing on end, with just isolation feet. I did this because 1. I realized woodworking is a lot harder than I expected, so I should simplify the design and 2. Now I have room for a 1099 center channel.
Once the HT8s arrived, I got to work. I live OCONUS so to cut down on shipping I decided to cut my own flat packs. Here they are near completion:
All done! I've still got some touch-ups to do, but I was so excited that I hooked them up as soon as the paint dried. They need to break-in, but they're a clear improvement over my last speakers:
Onto the subs. I got some 5x5 3/4" Baltic Birch. It was a pain to move:
Luckily I've got access to a community wood shop, where I got to use this guy:
I took the panels home to glue-up since the shop charges for storage, and ran into the eternal problem of not having enough clamps:
Test fitting the sub. The goal was to not block this light-switch: mission accomplished!
Once my wife heard the HT8s, she went from "cool" to really excited about the project, and asked if I could build the subs where you could see the drivers. A huge win, but now they actually have to line up
I was going to cut some scraps at the woodshop for the bracing, but now they're closed due to COVID-19. I have limited tools (and a less-than-square box) so I went with the through-dowel method. This is the progress as of last night:
I've got a week before my amp (XLS1502) arrives, so I'd like to have the boxes ready for glue-up by then. It looks like I'll have plenty of time the way things are going.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading!