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Old 12-18-2007
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"Waterproof" wood?

So I'm wanting to build a speaker box for my ATV out of wood. I was trying to see if there's anyway I can make a cover or anything to keep the wood from rotting? I'm trying to stay away from fiberglass if at all possible.

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Thompsons Waterseal is water resistant....

theres also a composite 'wood' that is used for signs but i forget the name
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Mix up some resin and roll it on like paint. Should do the trick.
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paint it! get some primer that sticks to wood and then paint it with some good paint like automotive enamel.
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Nothing will make wood water proof, wood expands and contracts fact of life.
If your looking for a good outside wood try teak or cedar, both are long lasting in wet locations.
BTW there not cheap to buy.
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get composite wood.....it is waterproof, but it isn't real wood...
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In marine applications we used a material called "starboard". It's expensive but you'll never have a problem and can work it just about like wood.

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Find some 7 ply birch marine board. It is ply wood that is very water resistant and good for building boxes. I made a bass cabinet for my bass guitar out of 5 ply birch. 7 ply marine grade is supposed to be better but the 5 ply is a lot better than your average plywood or Fiberboard.
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fiberglass it man..it will be a great learning project for you
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Pressure treated plywood may be a good choice if you're worried about rotting. Use a waterproof glue (or at least weather resistant) and decking wood screws that are meant for pressure treated wood.
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I would just use a old Ice chest. Like a 6 pack design.


There is some topics on high lifter

http://www.highlifter.com/forum/Atv_Sound_System's/m_1386091/tm.htm

or buy some already made

http://www.audioformz.com/atv.asp
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Cedar. Cedar doesn't rot.
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I've found the perfect box, it comes black and doesnt put a huge hole in my wallet. haha

http://www.extremesounds4atvs.com/demo_bike

Brenton
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build the speaker box out of Plexiglas , it will never go bad , or coat the wood in Fiberglas that the only way it will truly be water prof any sealer u use like Thompson wont last and needs to be re coated every so often
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If you want to try something different do a search for the guy that makes Stormtrooper outfits from plastic sheets. Basically he makes a form and heats the plastic over it in an oven while using a vacuum to created suction to draw it down. Very nice work. Also some plastic you can shape with a heat gun.
Just another option.
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