How to Build Custom Subwoofer Boxes that Offer Deep Bass Response
Custom subwoofer boxes can make your subwoofers thump when built the right way. They will maximize the use of the bass response of your subwoofers. There are three types of boxes- ported subwoofer box, sealed subwoofer box and bandpass subwoofer box. You can build one depening on your need,
List of Tools and Supplies Needed
- Set of Screwdrivers
- Utility Knife
- Soldering Iron
- Wire Cutters
- Wire Strippers
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Hack Saw
- Skill Saw or Table Saw
- Jig Saw
- Interior Panel Removal Tool
- Flash Light
- Electrical Tape
- Ratchet and Socket Set
- Drill and Bits
- Heat Shrink Tubing
- Wire Ties
- Right Angle Philips
- Glue Gun
Step 1: Measure the Area Where you Want to Install the Custom Subwoofer Boxes
This step needs to be done perfectly, or you will be building custom subwoofer boxes that don't fit where they are supposed to. This negates the very reason for building custom subwoofer boxes.
You will be entering these measurements in to an enclosure calculator and this calculator will determine the best types of custom subwoofer boxes that you should build to fit your particular application.
Step 2: Enter the Measurements that you Have Taken in to the Enclosure Calculators
Enter the measurements that you have taken in to the enclosure calculator, and it will return a design that will work for your custom subwoofer boxes.
Step 3: Make a Layout of the Project out of Cardboard before Putting it on the Wood
It is always a great idea to construct the enclosures out of the cardboard before you try it with the wood. Then all you have to do is untape the cardboard mock up box, and you can use that pattern to build perfect custom subwoofer boxes with.
Step 4: Transfer the Pattern to the Wood or Other Material that you are building the Boxes out of
You can make a carbon fiber subwoofer box or wooden box or of any other material. Whatever the material is, you will transfer the pattern that you built in step 3 to material that you are building the custom subwoofer boxes out of. As you transfer the pattern to the material that you are making the boxes out of, you need to make sure that you do it right because remember there is only one right way. Trace out the pattern on the actual board using a pencil.
Step 5: Remove the Pattern and Cut the Wood or Other Material
Now you will be removing the pattern that you made during the layout phase of the enclosure build. This is the simplest step that you will do because all you have to do is remove the pattern from the material that you are building the enclosures out of. As you remove it, be sure not to damage the pattern. Also, drill a hole for the speakers.
Step 6: Cut the Material that you are Making the Enclosures out of
This is the phase of the operation that will really show off all of the measurements that you took earlier in the process. Your clean accurate measurements are what will make the enclosure fit perfectly, and look like the professionals built it. Cut the panels as well as the port hole and terminal cup holes.
Step 7: Put the Custom Subwoofer Boxes Together
This is the step that everyone looks forward to; the big step when all of your hard work produces a finished product. Now you will assemble the enclosures by gluing the edges of the wood, if you are using wood, and then drilling pilot holes in the wood before you screw it together.
The reason for the pilot holes is to help the screws go smoothly in to the wood, so you don't split, crack, or chip the wood. After it's all assembled you only have one step left.
Step 8: Cover the Newly Built Enclosures
Most people cover their enclosures with a black nylon covering that is almost like a carpet for the outside of speaker enclosures. This is just a matter of cutting it to the right size and shape for your box, and gluing it with hot glue, then stapling the edges for extra holding power.