Another one of my good friends has come to me in search or car audio. This friend, Frank, is quite mechanically enclined as has quickly learned how to install some car audio, and has done some pretty extensive research, which I was happy to discuss with him. He came to me with a budget and some specifications in mind, and I pointed him in the right directions. After some discussion of the VAS and FS of the new Dayton Reference HO 10" and 12", we decided on the 10".
I talked to Frank quite a bit about finishes and what direction he wanted to go with on this box. He decided that he liked the real wood finish, and wanted to different, by putting a stained plywood enclosure in his car. I liked the idea and decided to go to Home Depot. After pulling down every sheet of .75" Oak plywood, we decided on two nice looking sheets that would be needed for the enclosure.
I decided that I would make the box a little bit larger than needed for this subwoofer. Considering the whole point of car audio is to have lots of bass, I don't think there was really going to be much of an issue if there was 1db saddle. I decided on a 1.44ft^3 box, which after the vent and bracing was closer to 1.3ft^3 box, tuned to 27hz. I'm a big fan of slot ports, not only do you not have to worry about the airy port, but that way I don't have to buy anything to make the port, instead I can just use the extra wood.
After some designing I got to work. Unfortunately it was extremely cold, and a bit wet outside, so I decided not to do very much work, but I did cut all the the pieces, which look very nice. I came back inside to do measurements on the driver, to make bracing, and checked over my design, and waited for a warmer day.
Throughout the week, bit by bit the box has been put together. I'm taking my time with this, and it looks great and the build quality is very good, if I must say so myself. Below are a couple of pictures that have been taken, unfortunately I was unable to take pictures throughout the entire process because my camera was out of batteries and I'm too lazy to get more AA batteries.
More work was done