as a carpenter (by trade, when it comes to audio i build the boxes, im not a sound engineer) i get so amused by how some speaker boxes are designed.
ive built boxes using lock miter joints, double rabbet joints, drawer lock joints, and glue/staples. there is absolutely no difference in strength (using mdf). now hardwood is a diff story, but we arent taking things with variable tolerances. speakers have a breaking point. most of the time (unless you try to purposely blow the box apart with interntal pressure) its just not happening. where as someone who gets mad and slams a kitchen draw can cause it to break.
maybe because i do this for a living im programmed to think about efficency as well as integrity. for example, im gonna build a speaker box to the best i possibly can and make it the strongest i possibly can, but im not gonna spend however many extra minutes/hours/days on it unless its gonna make a difference. ive heard many speaker designers say that at a certain point, the amount of work that goes into a crossover is not worth it with the results you get- getting minimal advantages for 10x the amount of work..especially when i also like to build furniture and straight razor scales (handles...and ys i shave with them) as well.
now im sure there are "audiological" (its what i call technical audio jargon and other scientific factors that im not even gonna pretend to know) but why not just go overboard where it counts. if you need the utmost structural integrity why not build the inner shell out of cement board? hell you probably wont even need bracing then. why not just use biscuits, or better yet dowels?
im not being confrontational or taking a "the Screw is a matter with you" type of attitude. a friend of mine who just ordered a certain kit was telling me how ridiculous the plans were for the enclosure (this is a guy who works in a shop that has a cnc machine cut everything). i had to see them so he sent them to me and theres all these different angles and routes. none of which makes the enclousre any stronger than just butting the joints and using glue and narrow crown staples (bracing still needs dados imo).
is there some kind of audio science as to how speaker box joinery is decided on? because coming from the wood side of it, im not quite sure the reasoning for some techniques used.
***ps- if you do all tht fancy pants overboard stuff thats fine. im not attacking you. theres a million ways to skin a cat. my way isnt the only way. and if your learning how to do woodworking i almost encourage you to try out the fancy pants stuff so that way you learn how to do it.