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I have completed my build for 4 DS4 behind my theater seats to compliment my two lmsr's. Gotta say, this box building is a metric $*** ton of work, but well worth it when done. I only wish I could get things finished as nice as some of you guys here. There are plenty of sealed box builds out there so I won't get too in depth with it. I wanted to throw this out there as I haven't seen too many vinyl finish builds. @bimmaguy stole some thunder as he finished his before me lol. Glad I stumbled on his thread though as any and all tips are a good thing. His thread link is below.

I used vinyl from the same company, Vvivid. I went with the black brushed steel. 3M sells the stuff too, but man are they proud of their stuff! I really like the look of it. To add onto the tips from bimmaguy, I advise to NEVER pull the vinyl off to reposition. It will pull some fibers out and be stuck to the vinyl. It will look like $*** when you lay it back down and try to use it. I found wrapping around the box in one continuous piece to be problematic. Increased likelihood of getting a crease or having to pull the vinyl back up to reposition which looks like $***. More work to cut each piece and trim, but worked better for me. I have a big metal square that I laid on top of the edge I was trimming to get a clean straight cut with the exacto knife. I did cut in too far in a couple areas until I got into the groove of things. Corners and edges are the most vulnerable. I plan on going to hobby lobby or something if I can find some time and looking at some metal angle trim to do in a flat black as an option for edges. Mine are ok for now, but when I have to move, I fear damaging the edges. I also advise having a helper when you do the vinyl. Extremely helpful.

I have decided to go with the 1899 for LCR and I think I like it enough to finish them with it if I can sort out something for the edges. Just need @EricH to get some time to set me up with an order. Thanks to everyone here, so much knowledge and insight from you all, I would still be buying crap from best buy and nebraska furniture mart without you, lol. Hopefully my adventure helps someone else as well.

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/155-diy-speakers-subs/2455858-high-fiber-uxl-build.html


On with the fun.

What is a project without a new tool?







The lift came in real handy :)




I really hate sanding, very very much. I used a 1/4 sheet sander which helped tons, but my fingers were numbish for days...However, smooth as the baby's butt..




Here are the finished results, pop even snuck into a pic haha

























And then I built a couple of stands I needed for two of the surrounds






BTW.....These bastards are F'in heavy! As you can see, pop only has use of one arm so you know who had to move, turn, rotate, lift, heave, etc etc every single time for every single side of sanding, prepping, spackle, vinyl, etc etc. Can't even tell you how fun it was to lift those bastards with the fricken sub mounted into its home place..... :mad:
 

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very nice and i can tell from the pics that they don't do the cabs/material justice.


and after all that you put them behind the couch!? :eek:


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very nice and i can tell from the pics that they don't do the cabs/material justice.


and after all that you put them behind the couch!? :eek:


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Thanks man!

Yeah behind the seats was the plan from the start. Butted up against the wall is is only due to my current living arrangement. Lost my nice basement going single :/

Hopefully the next house will be what I like and the near field subs will be in view. Hell, it's not like I can hide them as it is haha
 

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Those look great. Looks like you put a lot of time and effort into them, and it really shows. Very nice.

Joseph
 

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Omg I forgot to say. Mounting hardware. I know I have read this and that about t nuts this and wood screw that. Pop steered me to wood inserts. They are barrel looking things that have "flange fingers" for lack of a better word. You drill the hole, screw the insert from the back, then use a bolt to screw into it. Fantastic. I think I have an extra I will take a pic of tomorrow. That is how I was able to use stainless hardware to mount :)
 

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I've had a few different subs, but I've never actually built the boxes. From commercial to hand me down sonotubes to boxes I bought from another forum member, to a pair of "way too big to go inside ... period" horn subs I picked up through the classifieds here...(still in the garage since Xmas) I've never had to actually build the box.

My current build is called a new bathroom. It is one of one and a half this tiny little "down-sizing' house came with. My dear wife asked if was possible to scrape out the caulk around the bathtub and replace it with new, white caulk. Many here will know where this went from here.... yes, we found black mold, so we started ripping crap out....and it kept getting worse, so we kept ripping out. This house was built in the 50's, and I stopped at the layer I'm pretty sure has a good chance of being asbestos based fiberboard... where real studs should be. I didn't disturb it at all... mostly. :eek:

I shoulda taken pics.... we're putting it all back together now, and are at the spackle and sand stage.... new ceiling (1.5 layers), walls , floor (subfloor / ply / mortar / cement board / mortar / tile / grout ) , plumbing, and electrical are all done(for now).

all I have to do still is finish prepping the walls and ceiling, prime them, paint them, put up trim, install the toilet, then the vanity, then the medicine cabinet, then the plumber and the electrician get to come back, then caulk.

So... if she asks what you think about scraping out caulk.... just don't.

IMO, and I certainly hope YMWV, :)

Joseph

this whole thing put my new speaker build on hold... but I did take pics of that. They're from flat packs, so I still didn't build them myself... :D
 
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