There is the tool cost for sure. For the sawing a circular saw can be used. Takes more setup than a table saw though.The easiest DIY's I know are kits that include pre-made boxes and assembled crossovers; you can even get pre-cut baffles (front panel that mounts speakers, frequently recessed flush). Truly "some assembly required" but that's all.
As buggers said, we need more info.
- Can you solder? Can you assemble simple electrronic circuits from parts and a drawing?
- Can you build boxes? What power tools do you have, like table saws and routers?
If yes to both, you can build any of the DIY designs listed in the links shown here:
If not, you should look at the semi-commercial to commercial links (eg. not forums) to find kits that come with assembled crossovers, and kits that also come with assembled enclosures. You'll also find amateur designs intended for commercially available enclosures, if only soldering was a yes.
Needless to say, the rest of buggers questions are also of interest if you want us to be more specific.
If you have not built anything like this before I would highly recommend doing a small trial build, maybe do a cheap bookshelf you can put in your office or something. Everyone makes mistakes on their first build and some are not very easy to correct. If you are very confident in your planning and woodworking abilities by all means go for it, I would just really hate to see you make a significant investment in these amazing speakers and it not turn out exactly how you had hoped it would.I think I might plan on building the Jim Holtz mini statements, I am not good with electronics, so I plan on looking at another person's crossovers that I have seen someone else used, then I might decide to buy a router, and saw.
I would go for the Original Statements but they seem more complicated then the mini's.
I also have one more question, whats the best place to get some clamps?
I have heard really great things about the mini statements, so do they live up to the hype?
Right now I only have energy RC-10, with a Denon 590 and a Energy S8.3.
My budget is maybe under $800
So I really have no tools right now but those aren't included in the budget either.
So how hard is the mini statements?