Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC
I have all the tools but still prefer to order the DIYsoundgroup computer cut flat packs.
Going with DIY Sound Group and backer boxes for the Volts makes total sense from a novice building perspective. I practice first with backer boxes that will never be seen. So my cut, glue/clamp, green glue, and acoustic sealant efforts will prepare me for the simple assembly of the flat pack + kit. Sure there will be some sealer, paint, duratex steps that will be new. But at least the assembly won't be as daunting.
Originally Posted by Black Banshee
He's baaaack! Better late than never!
Looking forward to watching progress, good luck!
Thanks - now that a contractor is chasing my money I'll have a bit of motivation to do my part and complete before the summer.
My Home Depot run worked out fine. For some reason there has been a run on 3/4 MDF sheets in the Denver metro area. Only one store way up north had 3/4" 4x8 sheets in stock. So I ended up having to buy six 2'x4' panels.
There was one guy working lumber/building/mill, but he was happy to rip each of the six panels. When he shut down the saw, in succession two employees approached him and said they needed help with a customer. One even shouted, "Dave don't run away!" This was around 9:30am on a Sunday.
I picked up eight clamps:
4x 36" to handle the HTM-12 assembly later on
4x 24" for the backer boxes and HTM-12/Volt-8 flat pack assembly
I have a few 12" versions of the same clamp laying around.
Got the glue, but forgot the large caulk gun.
The rips I listed above made using the chop saw a little easier. It was still a bit laborious to cut halfway through, flip the board around and finish the cut. But, in the end I worked out a decent system.
I created a template panel for each dimension and traced it to the ripped board. In some cases the rough cut from HD was very close to the final dimension.
A stack of rough cuts to be finished...
I was very happy to be done SLINGING MDF dust as a second job and dry fit some random panels into a Volt-8 backer box:
And there are a few more panels waiting to become boxes
I'm off to HD to grab that darn large caulk gun.
I know it is nearly impossible to remove ALL of the MDF dust from the panels, but is there a recommended basic approach? Does simply wiping them down with a dry rag work in prep for glue (and green glue)?