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Old 3rd July 2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default Tools needed and help with nailing.

Hello i am about build my first speaker setup, Curts stentorians. the only problem is i dont have a nailgun or the money for one. So i was wandering if i should I use a hammer and a nail or drill some pilot holes. I am using 3/4 MDF. Also should i use wood glue at all? Right now all i have is a 18v drill and 6' and 1' hole cutter, and also a jigsaw for the braces. Also what size nails should i use and what size drillbits. Thanks!
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Old 3rd July 2012, 10:40 PM   #2
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Glue only. Plain old yellow glue. No need for any nails. A bit of rope, masking tape, or real clamps if you have them. If you insist on help keeping things aligned, then sure, drill some thin nail holes while you are doing dry fit, tap the nails in lightly so you can pull them out after the glue is dry. Drill size? TEST of course! MDF will split with a nail too tight. That is why we don't screw MDF either.
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Old 3rd July 2012, 11:16 PM   #3
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Okay just to be clear, your saying glue the pieces together than after it drys, hammer some nails in lightly?
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Old 4th July 2012, 12:06 AM   #4
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No, that's the exact opposite of what tvrgeek is saying. Best just to forget the nails.

Also note that a 6" hole saw (let alone a 6' one) will rip your wrist off if you use it with a hand drill. You will need a drill press, or better yet, a router with a circle guide.
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So your saying i should just glue it together and use some clamps? is that enough? Will the enclosure be reliable?
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A little trick for finding the right hole size for your nail ... cut the head off a nail and put the shaft end in the drill chuck. Drill with the nail ... can't miss.
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Yes, yes and yes. (to post #5)
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So your saying i should just glue it together and use some clamps? is that enough? Will the enclosure be reliable?
I'd provide some interior corner bracing myself. Mitered glue block, square cut blocks ... something to increase the surface area of the joint. These can be applied after the joint is glued and set.
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A jig saw with a fine-tooth blade will cut a 6-inch hole just fine. MDF does not require nails, but the most important thing when glueing is clamps. More clamps are better than fewer. You can use cauls to spread the pressure if necessary.
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So your saying i should just glue it together and use some clamps? is that enough? Will the enclosure be reliable?
Basically, that's about it. Glue and clamp.

Click here for an example of how to build a speaker.
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