while i have never been very good with wood, the fact that i am a cheap bastard motivated me to build my own sub. took me about a month on and off, but it is mostly done (still in raw MDF form, but the wifey will help me finish the outside of it) i built the plans from adire audio for the 142.5L box and FP4 port kit. The shiva has been mounted and i just field tested it today. currently being powered by an Onkyo M501 (150W to each VC). I plan to take a plate amp and build a small box for it and use that eventually (so i can use the onkyo for my center channels, like i had it before)
I'm now using my rotel rb976 to power the mains, surrounds and 2 centers (60W to all). Before i had the Onkyo powering my centers, with 150 watts x 2 bridged from the rotel to the mains, and 60Wx2 from the rotel to the surrounds.
this is my first DIY i built from the ground up, my only other foray into DIY was a Polk PSW 505 box that i mounted a plate amp and Dayton DVC driver to stuffed with Polyfill, but since i didnt build the box, i felt like it was cheating. in my defence, it sounded pretty good.
but the new sub sounds fantastic, although i'm sure not as good as Tour2ma's new PB2 Ultra (christ that thing is huge)
i will hopefully have pics up soon. the box i built is solid as hell with no problems, but the outside does currently look like a glued and screwed horror show
sorry about the long post, just very happy with the results after alot of work (lifting it from the basement work area to the livingroom upstairs was pretty hard too, did it solo)