Now many have used computer power supplies to run various devices in the past, car stereo equipment included. I wanted to do one that had a little style to it, yet didn’t break the bank. It had to be able to fit in with a variety of décor, as I wanted it to be portable. One could easily take my design further and equip it with ability to also run off a battery back, maybe finish the panels in brushed aluminum or even do away with my humble folding antenna and take advantage of the stereos built in relay to power on/off a motorized antenna, adding some nice visual movement to the unit.
I started with an MP3 CD player unit that also had USB and standard input jacks to play music off every thing from a thumb drive to your average Ipod. The beauty of this unit is that it has a remote, something I used to mock, but now appreciate. It used to be housed in my poor 80’s Tercel, before it bit the dust with a blown head gasket this fall. 30 bucks new with free shipping, love that ebay!
The case came from a book shelving unit, made of MDF and finished in a red satin finish that my loving wife was willing to let me use, even though it broke up a set of 4. The front and rear panels were completed in pine, with a neutral satin varnish. Normally I am not a fan of mixed finishes, but I think it works in this case.
Speakers came from various sources, The center 20watt sub-woofer and resonating port came from a el-cheapo computer sound system. The two 10watt side speakers came from Sony battery powered auxiliary speakers. I didn’t bother with an amp, as the radio is all ready pushing out 50 watts per channel, and my low rated speakers don’t need it. Surprisingly the sound coming out of the unit is amazing, clear tight highs, resonating mid-tones and some decent base.
Grill for the front was found in a box of odds and ends, the two chrome side grills are actually trim rings off ceiling mounted fire extinguishing sprinkler heads. With the backs cuts down a little the look awesome.
The handle came off an old defunct sewing machine box.
- The antenna was a cheap after market product purchased to go on the Tercel and then promptly misplaced. Its recent re-discovery initiated this instructable. Oddly enough it lends a nice military look to the unit regardless of the colour scheme.
Note – “This is one of those creations conceived and constructed during a single night of insomnia. Not thinking, I did not take any photos initially so this instructable will be a little reverse engineered. Any gaps have been made up with drawings of the construction and careful labeling of detailed photos. I recently added an antenna, and this was fully documented.”
The video below kinda sucks, waiting for my daughter to open her Christmas present, so I can borrow it! For now this will have to do, by the way its State radio playing - So Bohemian Grove. Saw them last year at the Commodore in Vancouver, awesome!
Step 1: Supplies & Tools
- 1 mod style book case, open on both sides. approx 18" high, 10" wide and 8" deep
- 2 3/4" thick sections of wood panel that will fit the interior dimensions of the book case to form the front and back
- 4 wood battens, 3/4" square by about 12 inches
- 2 3" mid range speakers
- 1 5" sub-woofer speaker
- 1 3" tube port - optional
- 1 functional computer power supply
- 1 car antennae - stubby works best
- 1 car stereo - best to find one that accepts a multitude of inputs and playable media
- 5 minute epoxy, or suitable strong, thick adhesive - I used alot, I found them at the dollar store super cheap, 2 for a dollar. Normally they are 6 bucks a pack - score!
- Hot glue sticks, about a dozen
- screws of various sorts, lengths will be determined by your case choice.
- varnish or wood finish of your choosing - or perhaps au natural!
- Measuring tape
- Drill and drilling bits
- Circular saw
- Glue gun
- Dremel, angle grinder or tin snips - to manipulate any metal bits that need manipulating!
- Paint brush