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By patrick mcconville (jetskiprosx) on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 12:28 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I am throwing around the idea of building my own tower speaker box. I am on a VERY limited budget since I am in school and not making any money right now. I was thinking about building a basic box out of MDF board that would be able to hold 4 6X9's. I am planning on just building a rectangular box (nothing fancy) and either getting it Line-X or fiberglassing it to make it waterproof. I have never worked with fiberglass so I don't know how hard that will be. I know that it wouldn'nt be to much money to get it Line-X, I just don't know how it would look. Any suggestions about what to use to cover the box, and is there anything I should know before I attempt this project???
 
By Chris Anthony (cla17) on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 1:40 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Step 1: Head down to Wally World (aka Wal-Mart). Check out the 6x9 boxes they have that are super cheap. You might just want to buy four of those and put your own speakers and mounts on there. The carpet lasts suprisingly well and it is easy to throw a mount on there. If you need some cheap ones just let me know, I have some for my speakers:

http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/8/202516.html?1103578328

If you don't like Wally's boxes you can buy your own but have a good idea how to build them from what you saw there. And Wally has some really cheap truck bed liner stuff that works as good as all the rest(Plasti-cote in the Red can). Just build you a nice box then apply the Plasti-cote directly to the wood, it will take several coats and will leave a rough surface but it is shiny black and looks good on a tower. I hope the info helps. Good Luck and Post some pics for us...:-)

 
By patrick mcconville (jetskiprosx) on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 1:55 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I was thinking about just buying 4 of those 6x9 boxes and hooking them togther but I wasn't sure how strong they would be. Also what would be the best way to "string" them together?
 
By adam Curtis (acurtis_ttu) on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 2:10 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I used 6x9 boxes I picked up at a flea market on my old boat w/ an extended pylon. 15 bucks for the pair and they lasted for 1.5 years and still looked good when I sold it. The boat was run about 80% of the time in a saltwater environment. You can make clamps from parts at home depot.
 
By Chris Anthony (cla17) on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 11:47 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I would just screw them together from the inside. If you can find a couple of U bolts that will fit good you can use them around your tube and then just bolt them on from the inside of your boxes(put some black tubing over the U-bolt to cushion between the tower and then you can just use zinc bolts, and it will make it look a little nice too :-) Then just pop some speakers in and wire em up ...
 
By patrick mcconville (jetskiprosx) on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 2:13 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Thanks for all of the advice, I bought some MDF board today and will hopefully start working it this weekend! I will post pictures when I am all finished
 
By Chris Anthony (cla17) on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 6:35 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
cool :-)
 
By Cory Hottman (wakefunx2) on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 10:28 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
what kind of boat and tower are you trying to make this for?
 
By patrick mcconville (jetskiprosx) on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 1:16 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Cory, its a 1999 Malibu Sunsetter LXi and we have a barewest tower, I can't tell you what the model is though.
 
By patrick mcconville (jetskiprosx) on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 1:19 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I just added a picture of our boat to my profile.
 
By Monster Tower (monstertower) on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 1:30 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Check out www.diytower.com to see what others have done n makeing thier own speakers, there are some really great ideas.
 
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