Boxes or Tubes - which is more difficult to build
An off shoot of a another thread. I thought it would be a fun poll. Likely too few people have built both and can accurately comment. But, this is the internet, you don't have to have experance to have an opinion! :)
I've only built a few boxes so far, and I'm going to vote that boxes are much harder than tubes. My latest box sub that I'm currently building is very slow going. The size is one big issue that slows me down. Handling and moving the bigger sheets around is slow, and often I have to get my wife to come out and help me. Getting each peice exactly the same size seems also an issue for me. It always seems like I'm off by an 1/8" here or there and then have to trim down. Or I may just not be perfectly straigth, and have to trim. I'm also trying to do dado joints, so measuring three times to make sure I get the dados to line up on each side slows me down.
I'm sure it comes down to having the right tools. A table saw, especially one that can handle of full size sheet of ply, sure would help. I'm sure a fancy guide system for my router would also help, as would more clamps. But...
I just keep looking at the tubes people make. How much effort does it really take? Have Menards cut your MDF sheet into smaller peices, size and accuracy doens't matter because you're going to cut out the middle. Glue peices together, again it doesn't matter if the edges line up or anything because your going to cut out the middle. Mount the japer jig and cut two peices, have to do about the same thing for a box, so where's the difficulty? Tubes, Ha! Child's play.