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Old 13th January 2018, 09:20 AM   #21
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Old 13th January 2018, 11:05 AM   #22
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If you donīt use glued MDF, the acoustic will travel through the wall of your cabinet.
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Old 13th January 2018, 02:16 PM   #24
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The woodworkers best friend is the Kreg pocket-screw jig:

Kreg Jig(R) K4 - The Easy Way to Build with Wood

Fast, secure, glue or no-glue, fewer clamps required.

Once you use one I bet you will never go back to traditional methods other than for decorative joinery.
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Old 13th January 2018, 03:58 PM   #25
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Screw & Glue Vs. Clamping?
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forcing out too much glue
That's hard to do. If you are squeezing out too much glue you may also be damaging the wood.
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Once you use one I bet you will never go back to traditional methods other than for decorative joinery.
But you still have to fill the holes and those are pretty big holes.

I prefer using battens and blind air nailing. Sure you have to have a compressor but I can assemble a cabinet a lot faster than any of the methods mentioned and it's almost foolproof.
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The cabinet has to be absolutely tight.
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Old 13th January 2018, 04:33 PM   #27
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But you still have to fill the holes and those are pretty big holes.
If you locate the holes on the inside of the cabinet there's no reason to fill them.

I have an assortment of nail guns too and I agree that would be faster, but it doesn't allow one to dry-assemble a cabinet before gluing.
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Old 13th January 2018, 04:49 PM   #28
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That's hard to do. If you are squeezing out too much glue you may also be damaging the wood.
That's the beauty of my method, it's impossible and no wood is harmed in the making of the joint
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Old 13th January 2018, 05:47 PM   #29
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I have been using a biscuit joiner for years for speaker boxes. Fast, accurate and secure. Before I bought the joiner, I used a router bit designed for biscuits, to see if they justified buying a dedicated tool. If you have a router, try biscuits. They align the edges automatically, swell when they contact wood glue or water to lock the panels in place, and leave no holes to fill on the outside of the box.
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We'll, I can see that these conversations turn into "what oil is best". I'm going to have to stick with the plans for the most part, in this first build. I'll just create headache's that I don't have the skills to resolve if I stray too far. I've got good quality damping material for inside and I will look for places I can add additional bracing, without having a big effect on the cabinet volume. I appreciate everyone's input, but I know try one won't be perfect, if I like the design and drivers, I'll make try two perfect
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