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Old 5th January 2005, 08:12 AM   #1
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I am building a cabinet to include a full range driver .
the volume is 15 litres . The wood is birch , I would like to leave the finish naked wood and am using simple but joints ( first project )
I am not sure how to secure cabinet -- I dont want to use screws -
is gluing eneough ? may be brads ?


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Old 5th January 2005, 12:52 PM   #2
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Glue. Use nail gun or clamps to hold pieces during the drying process.

No finish? The ultimate finish will then be hand prints, dust, and grime. At least consider a light coat of lacquer. It will make cleaning easier and help stabilize the structure.
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Old 5th January 2005, 05:11 PM   #3
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I have two words for you, sir: Biscuit joints. They are easy to do and strong. They also have some nice effects like helping to align the wood for glue-up. Freud (the company not the eminent doctor) makes a relatively inexpensive biscuit joiner (~120?) which people like. Once you've got one you'll feel empowered to make all kinds of things.

I second the recommendation of a finish. Deft brand lacquers are easy to apply and they come in both brush-on form and aerosol cans which are invaluable for touch-up and finish coats. The only bad thing is that the stuff is noxious as hell while curing but if you are finishing in a garage it'll be okay--use good ventilation and/or a paint respirator anyway. I'd consider a base coat of shellac (only use wax-free) or Benite (great stuff) too, as either one will deepen the look of the wood.

Good luck with your project.
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Old 5th January 2005, 05:29 PM   #4
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brad nailer=dirt cheap
deft is an excellent product.

Lacquers are nice because there aren't any real dust issues. Dries in a flash.

For a small project, including protection for brushed aluminum, an aerosol can spray product can give excellent results. It's perfect if you have ADD because it's dry before you're distracted by the other audio projects.
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Old 6th January 2005, 01:00 AM   #5
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First thanks to those who responded

The biscuit joiner seems like a great idea .
I was at HF tools today and the 2 " brad nailer, stapler was on sale
for 29 clams (had to have it ) so is just glue OK with clamps or should
I put some brads in it for added strength . I am ready to rock and roll
I just finished cuting all the sides , and the drivers came today


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Old 6th January 2005, 02:48 AM   #6
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The only purpose the brads will serve is to hold the pieces together while the glue dries. If you have some other means to hold the wood together (i.e. clamps) while the glue dries then you don't need the brads.

But brads will make assembly easier if you are using clamps, kinda like having an additional set of hands to hold everything together while you clamp it. The downside is the little holes created on your finished edge.
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Old 6th January 2005, 03:23 AM   #7
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If you are using a brad nailer I wouldn't even bother with the clamps. I've built a couple of speakers using just a air powered brad nailer and glue. Works great, plus makes assembly pretty quick.
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You can't beat Harbor Freight for occasional-use tools. Including clamps. You can never have enough clamps but in your case i'd recommend using a clamp to bring pressure to bear, nail next to the clamp, and then move it a few inches and repeat. Otherwise your investment in enough clamps for your size project will be significant.

If you don't have experience with a nailer, or even if you do, the nails can go astray, aka 'blowout'. If that happens all is not lost--use a pair of end-cutter cutters (HF to the rescue?) to snip the nail a little below the surface and trust to wood filler to cover the sorry mess up. I'm guessing that an electric nailer will be slightly more prone to blowout than an air gun but that might be wrong. I'd aim the nail a few degrees towards the cabinet insides wherever possible.
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And the nail gun is one of those tools where you should go find your safety glasses. I have a shop with mills lathes and saws. The bench grinder and the nail gun are "safety glasses" recommended.

I just saw a richochet last night ~ hit the kid's arm ~ no blood but he had glasses on.

Has anybody else noted the total lack of safey on the popular home construction shows.. Monster House and that stuff? The most striking new fad is wearing gloves near rotating equipment... never a good idea.
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Thanks for the tips It is AIR nailer I have. After reading the precautions I am a little spooked about using the nailer. Maybe I will practice on some old stock , and since this is my first project
(got table saw fro christmas ) I have plenty of that .Ihave only 2
clamps.


jeff oh one last question what is the best way to
install a port it will be 2 " x 2 " , buy a flared port tube, use pvc ?
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