I'm a complete newb to building speakers, and it's an idea that I'm kicking around. I thought I was ready to buy 7 Energy C5 tower speakers (I will have a FP setup in my basement HT), as my wife likes the looks and the bang-for-the-buck seems to be pretty good. However, once I started reading some of the info about DIY speakers, I realized I could probably get even better sounding speakers for probably less money. Being experienced in electronics projects, wiring up the drivers, building crossovers, etc, doesn't bother me at all. The cabinet building is what I worry about, and I wonder how long does it take to make a pair of tower cabinets? How about bookshelf cabinets? Also, do you finish your cabinets before you assemble your speakers, or after? Thanks in advance. This seems to be a great forum that I will be tuning into regularly.