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Hi all,

Here's an Instructable on how to make a pair of custom speakers. These speakers use a pair of Dayton Audio Sound Exciters that can turn virtually any surface into a speaker.

I did this because I still have 2 weeks to go before I return to college. I thought this would be a good idea to kill some time and do something productive, and I must say the results are pretty good. This will be my first Instructable so comments for improvement are welcome!

Here are the materials you'll need for ONE of these speakers (x2 if you want a pair):

   Two 1/2" square rods(11 1/2" long)
   One 1/2" square rod (9" long)
   One wood board/block (2 1/2" x 1/2" x 10")
   One Acrylic Sheet (0.080" thick, 8" x 10"
   One Dayton Audio Sound Exciter
   Four Bumpers
   Two nails
   Two wood screws
   Elastic string (a lot)
   Aluminum Tape
   Wood Glue

Here's a list of tools that may/will come in handy:

  **Dremel (with mini-saw attachment)
  **Hand Saw
  Power Drill
  Hand-Powered Drill
  Drill bits (1/16",  3/32" and 5/32")
  Screwdriver bit
  Permanent Marker
  Triangle/Right angle tool

**-tools used for cutting the wood pieces to the right size.

Note: There are a number of items on this list that aren't absolutely necessary, especially the tools. The ones listed here are the ones that I used when making this particular pair of speakers.
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im not sure if you took it into account but there was another instructable that talked about mounting glass in a frame and useing those as speakers but one of the comments mentioned using conductive paint to draw a maze or patter whatever you want to link to the exciter that way there is no wire hanging from the exciter itself and you get a cool design on your acrylic panel....

might be you could gleam some info off of this one as well for personal use.
svr2 years ago
Where I can find plans to build exciter motor?
vishalapr3 years ago
High-five man Well done really cool job!!!
mightym4 years ago
The " Buzzing" you refer to is probably the voice coil, the speaker surround glue you used isn't suitable for the purpose. I'd suggest trying some superglue ( the thickened type ), or some double sided carpet tape, with polyurethane adhesive ( get it at Wal-Mart,used to glue outdoor carpet down with).

The material selected for the panel will make a large difference in sound output. I would suggest picking up some foamboard while your at Wal-Mart and experimenting with it instead of the clear plastic sheet, it's too heavy for the motor in the exciter. You can also remove the plastic from the exciter and get better results too.

Nice job on the Ible.