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I'm finally in the club! Been a while coming while I set up shop, learned some stuff about working with wood (virgin here, never had the time/facility/tools and getting the sub build itch just pushed it into being). This is like literally the second thing I have built from wood aside from a pretty lousy scoop I made back in shop class in 7th grade; I built a shelf/stand thing for my microwave in the kitchen as my first venture into woodworking just before this sub.

It's a Stereo Integrity HT18D2 in a 22x22x22" * sealed box, made from baltic birch ply, powering with a Crown XLS1500 in bridged mode (with my hand-assembled speakon cable of course). Got it all assembled today (pre-finishing) and fired it up, sounds great! Can't even hear the t-nut that dropped in the box as I put in the last screw (and seems to be doing no leakage in that spot so I guess the two adjoining screws and my gasket tape are sufficient for the moment). Now to go take it apart and sand and put some teak oil on it...

I took some pics that I remembered to take along the way but twice now it seems to be some sort of security token thing I need to contact an admin about....dang

ps * The effective size I aimed at was 22 x 22 x 22....but outside is 24 x 22 x 22 with an inset to flush fit the grill....okay slightly larger, effective is 22.5 x 22 x 22 :) with 3/4" ply
 

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Good Job.. Enjoy!

 

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Might be stuck on the magnet...

Congrats on your build!
Thanks, heard it hit the back of the cabinet which was on the ground at the time and I had a pillow in there so it didn't get to visit with the magnet. I glued the t-nut in while I had it out to oil/stain the cabinet... :) Now to figure out why I can upload a random image I copy off the interwebs yet can't upload a photo I took on my own camera but a brief search on the subject here got me nada so will try and shrink the photos in case size is the issue....
 

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Thanks guys, I shoulda known or was the previous site version better at big files?

Well, when I waited long enough it was taking much bigger files, one at a time, but they were ridiculously large in preview so I cancelled out. Oh well, downloaded a Windows Essential gallery thingie that has the resizer feature....here's ny little journey. While the end product is rough around the edges where the top joins but I'm okay with that and will cover it up with some little brass corner pieces that are on the way.

Here we go...my first half of the journey...










 

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Well done! Looks good. If you don't mind me asking, how much total do you have into it? Might do this in the near future hopefully
Thanks!

Do tools count? :) Haven't kept all the receipts in one place.....basic BOM off top of my head for this first one:
Driver 200
Amp 300
Plywood 90
Connectors, grill cloth, feet, magnets 45
Finish/stain 25

I already had the amp (two actually), but with something like this in mind down the line but have used them for mains for a while. Kinda wish it was the Behringer 6000dsp model now but maybe later. I also bought a minidsp a while back, I will likely use it for these subs so maybe add in for that ($65 ea sub?). Originally, when buying the wood, had full Martys in mind so the plywood was more than needed/used so far, but think that's about half what I paid for three full sheets of baltic birch (9ply?).

I've had fun doing it, learned stuff and the value for the output/sq I think is awesome. Glad I didn't have to pay me for my time, tho.... :)
 

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Congrats.

You might want to hold off on the finish. Chances are you'll be building a bigger ported box in the next few months. :)

I'm surprised you've been around this long and this is your first sub build. What took so long?
Yeah I know, finish won't be too fancy but it needs to be darker. I will try the three sealed subs for a while (the two SI 18 sealed and my old Empire) just because I can. If the neighbors don't complain then maybe some ported or folded horn? ;). I moved into this house a year ago and took a while just to settle in, accumulate tools, setup the workshop area, finish mountain biking season, learn to use some of those tools, decide on which box to start with, screwed up my right arm and left hand doing trail work (which kinda made me want to start with something not so huge/heavy as a full marty)....once I was ready to roll it went quickly enough, though.
 
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