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gexter
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What to use for the enclosure ?
11/17/05 at 13:55:28
 
Many of us use the old venerable MDF for the enclosure.
What do you all think of using birch ply and solid birch for the enclosure.

I am only guessing is would not flex as much and sound better.
Any input on anything welcome.

Good Ideas and bad ideas, I will just take thoughts and ideas on all aspects of the build. Things you wanted to try on yours and never did, ETC.

I do have a well thought out plan but things are subject to change. I will not even have the time to even start until mid January or even the coin. So I have the time to think and rethink.
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Jet-Lee
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Re:   What to use for the enclosure ? 2nd tr
Reply #1 - 11/17/05 at 15:46:51
 
I've wanted to make an enclosure entirely out of 2x4's. Put the flatter(3.75") sides together, caulk it up nice and smooth or screw on a thin sheet of something so you have a smooth flat surface for the sound to bounce off of. It would be BIG though, with abosolutely NO flex, lol.

I'd still like to try.
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gexter
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Reply #2 - 11/17/05 at 16:36:42
 
Good Idea! but I have a variation. if you laminate strips of wood like the surface of a butcher block and plane it at about 3/4 inch you would create a wonderful pattern that would be a treat to look at and should be as good as MDF.
Your thought made me think of that! thanks.
It is in consideration.
Kids fighting gotta go
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Jet-Lee
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Re:   What to use for the enclosure ?
Reply #3 - 11/17/05 at 20:21:44
 
that sounds awesome, and heavy.

Good luck. If that's what you choose to do, I want pics!

Working on a new project..... Smiley
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J_Rock
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Reply #4 - 11/17/05 at 21:53:47
 
I think I may go to the local CNC shop and have them cut the cross-section of the WO32 out of a few sheets of MDF.  Then I would layer the sheets and glue them all together.  It is the same technique many people are now using to build very complex organic horns.  Works out wonderful by transfering energy extremely well.  Plus I would bet MDF doesn't flex much allong its plane.
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2Sounz
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Re:   What to use for the enclosure ?
Reply #5 - 11/17/05 at 22:54:08
 
I am giving a thought to doing the WO32s and unless I find a good reason not to, I think I will go with 3/4" birch ply.
If it doesn't have to be MDF, then I would prefer to do without the MDF type dust.  With plywood it might be easier to screw in the boards too as MDF really has a tendency to split that way.
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Re:   What to use for the enclosure ?
Reply #6 - 11/17/05 at 22:56:54
 
concrete Grin



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J_Rock
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Reply #7 - 11/17/05 at 23:06:51
 
60NDOWN for the WIN!
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gexter
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Reply #8 - 11/17/05 at 23:07:27
 
uh thanks 60.  ???
That'll be easy to move around to find the ideal spot.  :'(
natural wood would be stronger along its plane and laminated I would think. Not sure at the moment. Have to get my books out. I use ref book to figure load factors on types of wood etc. thats how I figure things


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Jet-Lee
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Reply #9 - 11/17/05 at 23:13:01
 
[quote author=60ndown  link=1132239328/0#6 date=1132268214]concrete Grin



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I think I'm gonna do that one day, just to be able to say I did.
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bnew63
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Re:   What to use for the enclosure ?
Reply #10 - 11/17/05 at 23:45:48
 
Ikea sells a beech lamant used mainly for counter tops but would work great for this application.Beech is know for it's stability,that's why woodworking benches are made of the stuff.I used it for an Island that I made a few years ago and it comes in 2' wide sections.
And it looks good to Roll Eyes
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Reply #11 - 11/18/05 at 00:00:28
 
[quote author=gexter  link=1132239328/0#8 date=1132268847]
. Have to get my books out. I use ref book to figure load factors on types of wood etc. thats how I figure things


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There you have it you´ve answered youre own question BOOK´s  :D  Just dip the ref books in resin and laminate them together should make for a refrence grade sound Kiss
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gexter
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Re:   What to use for the enclosure ?
Reply #12 - 11/18/05 at 03:41:24
 
well thats even more interesting than concrete, and the possibilties are endless. ???
all viable alternatives I must say; however concete and laminated books may not be the most prudent or practical. If one had the time the books would create something very unique and the concrete would be a wonderful idea for something built in.
Scaling would be a nightmare because 3/4 inch concrete would not be much use. And mess with the design like the WO32 and somethings got to give.
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Jet-Lee
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Re:   What to use for the enclosure ?
Reply #13 - 11/18/05 at 11:31:33
 
wooden rulers
cardboard
legos
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Adrian D.
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Re:   What to use for the enclosure ?
Reply #14 - 11/18/05 at 18:32:48
 
as far as concrete, it could be implemented....
i mean in 2 steps :
1) build the box out of something cheap and do placement testing.
2) once you figure out the best place you can build the concrete one....
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