Cabinet Assembly Dr.-Ing. Peter Strassacker
Basics for novices

The following types of wood are suitable for cabinet building:

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a) Uncoated chipboard (needs to be smoothed over before painting)
b) Coated chipboard
c) Medium density fibre board (MDF)
d) Hard wood (beech, multiplex boards etc.)

The following instructions are depending on which wood was chosen. Ideally, the wooden panels should be glued together to ensure that the cabinet is airtight.

Method 1: panels are glued and screwed together
This is the preferred method, since this represents the quickest way to finish the cabinet. This method is ideally suited for a), since all screws and gaps between the boards need to be filled and smoothed over. Caution should be exercised when MDF is taken, as the screws might split the panels.

Step 1: Holes should be drilled approx. 1 cm (more precise: half the thickness of the panels) away from the edge of the panel. The holes should be recessed to complete hide the screw heads. Step 2: The first two panels should be glued and screwed together. Then the next panels (one at a time) should be added.

Please note: Should one driver be mounted inside the cabinet either the front or the rear panel needs to be removable. In this case a frame (of the same thickness as the panels) should be glued to the respective side.

Step 3: gaps and screw holes should be smoothed over by using wood filler
Step 4: Priming of the cabinet
Step 5: Sanding down the cabinet and final coat

Method 2: panels are glued only
Using this method the panels are only glued together. Especially here it is important to glue only two panels together at a time. The sixth panel maybe only screwed together. In this case a frame as in above example should be glued to this side.

Work can then continue at step 4 above, if uncoated chipboard is being used at step 3.

Applicable to both methods from here
Final coating is best done with a roller, ensuring a smooth surface. Afterwards the holes for the terminal should be drilled, the crossover mounted and finally the drivers should be screwed down.

It is extremely important to ensure that the drivers are screwed tightly to the cabinet to avoid resonance.

The cabinet is now ready for audition. In case the sound quality is below expectations we accept calls or E-mail to help to solve the problem.