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Old 3rd June 2003, 10:52 AM   #1
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Question Glue or Screw?

I am building a speaker cabinet. Should I

1) Only glue the cabinet together?
2) Only screw the cabinet together?
3) Glue and screw the cabinet together?
4) Glue and screw the cabinet. Remove screws when cabinet has glued ?

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Old 3rd June 2003, 11:07 AM   #2
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Old 3rd June 2003, 11:08 AM   #3
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I prefer 3)

unless the cabinet is a small one.
In this case 1) is ok too.

In case you want avoid visible srews here is a thread on connecting wooden parts.
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/showt...716#post160716
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Old 3rd June 2003, 12:30 PM   #4
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I prefer 1

You only need a lot of clamps, and good glue
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Old 3rd June 2003, 12:37 PM   #5
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there's really no need for screws if you use good glue and clamps
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Old 3rd June 2003, 02:53 PM   #6
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The advantage to doing option 3 is that of course you don't have to wait for the glue to dry before completing assembly. Otherwise its not absolutely necessary to glue and screw the cabinet together. I would however recommend either gluing or gluing and screwing over just screwing as the glue can help to seal the joint between the two boards.

As to option 4, there's no reason to remove the screws once they're in. Just leave them alone.
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I glue and screw for convenience, don't have enough clamps most of the time

I also dowel and glue sometimes, if I've got enough clamps for the job.
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Old 3rd June 2003, 04:35 PM   #8
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A lot of glue and a lot of screws

After everythig has dried, you can remove the screws,
drill out the holes and put in wooden dowels instead,
looks better from the outside,
I doubt if you can hear the difference, tho

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Old 3rd June 2003, 05:40 PM   #9
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I am building a speaker cabinet. Should I

1) Only glue the cabinet together?
2) Only screw the cabinet together?
3) Glue and screw the cabinet together?
4) Glue and screw the cabinet. Remove screws when cabinet has glued ?

Thank you
George
Mostly, I'd recommend glue & screw, as (for instance) you can screw-assemble stuff to test it for fit, then disassemble, glue, and reassemble.
With no screws, you need huge numbers of clamps to keep the parts held together when the glue dries. Also, glued chipboard or MDF has a nasty habit of breaking just below the glued surface.

With no glue, small gaps in the joints buzz horribly!

Don't ask me "should I use expensive silver-plated screws"...

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Old 3rd June 2003, 07:24 PM   #10
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I allways use glue and "deuvels" (wooden pins)

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Does take some more effort to get the holes right.
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