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Storage and Sub box Write-up for the "Handy Dandy, Super Duper Storage Box"

Here is the write up for the storage/sub box that I have in my Jeep. This design took a while to come up with, but I decided to go this route because it allows some flexibility in the subwoofer used, allowing me to simply swap out a box if I go with an 8” or other 10” that requires a different volume. I didn’t get the chance to take pictures of all the work, but these should give you a basic idea on what to do. I also didn’t measure the box again, so you will need to/should need to so that it will work in your vehicle.

Also of note, I don’t have any carpeting in the back of my vehicle.

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This is the first test fit. IIRC, it is 32 inches deep, 43 inches wide, and at this point 5.25 inches tall. The whole thing is inches tall. The bottom is ¾ inch plywood. The middle part there is 4.5 inches tall. It was a piece of 2x6 oak that we planed down to 1.5 inches thick, and cut to the right height. The back and sides are furniture grade plywood. The middle is wide enough for the 4 channel amp. The sides for the sub box are MDF, ¾ inch, and are just set in to show placement.

Second Pic:


This is the area that the sub box will occupy, showing the clearance with the wheel well. The gap you see is because of the angle of the back seat, and the box being 6 inches tall. Not to worry, people cant see it.

Third Pic:

Driver side shot

Fourth Pic:


This shows that I measured a bit off, and there isn’t room for the Pass. Side lid to close and catch on anything. To fix this we glued/nailed a ½ inch strip of oak to the side, creating a lip for it to catch on.


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Fifth Pic:


Pic with the “lip” on

Sixth Pic:


Drawer slides mounted, Drawer built. The drawer sides and back are oak, planed down to about 1/2 an inch. They are grooved all around for the 3/8 plywood bottom, This created a pocket for the drawer bottom, allowing us to avoid nails that could split it. You can also see that the slides aren’t quite long enough, about 6 inches too short. That just means the drawer doesn’t come out all the way. No biggie.

Seventh Pic:

Test fit with drawer and all lids

I don’t have any pics of the drawer front, but it is just plywood cut to fit, grooved for the drawer bottom, and nailed in place.


On to the finishing of the box!!

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Here are some carpeting pics. What I did was use “poker table felt” from hobby lobby. Cost about 3 bucks per yard, I used 2 yards. For adhesive I used standard contact cement from Home Depot. For the bottoms of the drawers and compartment I first painted on the contact cement on both the wood and the felt. I then placed the felt into the bottom, making sure to have enough for the sides and front and back. I then took a razorblade and cut vertical lines at each corner, and pressed the sides into place. You have to do this with both sides of the corners, and you will end up cutting out a “V” shape for it to match. Think of a cardboard box to understand.

For the flat tops, I simply painted on the cement, and stretched it to cover. For the backs, I sucked, so I wont tell you how that went. I got my ideas for this stuff at caraudio.com. Go there for links on how to do this or ask here.

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This is how the top of the drawer came out, as well as the top of the middle compartment.

Pic 2, 3, and 4:



Some pics of the drawers and holes filled out.

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Pic 5:

The sub box. Yes, I know I cant caulk. But then all I did was run big beads and then smooth them with my finger. Several times. That is the finger wipe spot you see in the back of the box. It is airtight, and no one sees it, so I don’t care.

Pic 6:

Test fit in the jeep with my old sub box in the back. The old box fit in a 3000gt between rear shock towers, and it is ugly, I know.

Pic 7:

Clearance on the side

Pic 8:

All in, no sub.

I covered the sub with the same material, again with a write up found on caraudio.com. If you want 2 subs, I would suggest following the design of the box all the way across, with a storage area between them. You would lose the full depth all the way across, which I didn’t want to do. Cost was about 30 bucks, but all the wood, tools, screws, nails, glue were all already in the shop. Took about 8 hours to complete, but that took a week to find the time. I also had the help of my father and grandfather, both of which helped refine the design and make it work as we went along. It weighs around 40 lbs would be my guess, 50-55 with the sub and box. It is not anchored, but I cannot physically move it without using both hands and trying my hardest, and I am not a small guy. The handles are 1” webbing that my mom sew for me. The are screwed in with ½ inch screws.

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Nice work man. Looks pretty sweet!

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how ya likin that type-r?? i got a paiir of 12's in my jeep and i love em...

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I like it alot. I was in the market, looked at w3's, 5500 and 7500 series from MTX, some ED and RE subs, just liked this one best for what I needed. I am thinking of stuffing it in a little bigger box, but it sounds great as it is. I just like experimenting.

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look what I did, look look

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Nice woodworking!

I want one of those after seeing that Mythbusters episode about the tissue box killing somebody in a car accident. Even though the myth was busted, I don't want all my tools flying in my face in an accident.

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Nice woodworking!

I want one of those after seeing that Mythbusters episode about the tissue box killing somebody in a car accident. Even though the myth was busted, I don't want all my tools flying in my face in an accident.
I agree this is very cool, as was the MB episode; however, I note that the owner has elected not to secure this 40lb box in any way other than gravity--what would the MBs say about that?

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I agree this is very cool, as was the MB episode; however, I note that the owner has elected not to secure this 40lb box in any way other than gravity--what would the MBs say about that?
Gasp, I didn't notice that. I'm pretty sure in a head-on accident, that gigantic box won't get airborne though.

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ALWAYS secure things like this, dont be stupid like me!

that should take care of that.


I am sure mythbusters would chastise me, but I had to have 2 people to position it, I have to "put my back into it" to move it, and besides, this is a DD that sees dirt roads. Its the prototype for another for the 88.

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Yours is by far the Box design which I like the MOST.

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Yours is by far the Box design which I like the MOST.
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hey man . can you give me some dimensions on that sub enclosure im in the process of building a cargo deck and i want to incorporate the sub . but also make it were if i take out the deck the sub is still there. i need help desperately my woodshop teacher is gonna bug out on me if i dont have the design finished by monday

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