Introduction: Coffee Can Sound System.

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How to make your very own coffee can sounds system using only duck tape and a few pocket knifes.

Step 1: Pulling Apart

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So the first step is to remove the original speaker casing.
As you can see I used a flat head screw driver to open it up.


Step 2: The Gear

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After all that you should be left with just two speakers and the volume control circuit.

Step 3: Hole Punching

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I punched holes in either side of the can where the speakers are going to go. This will ensure that maximum sound will leave the can.
Also punch a hole where the volume knob will go.

Step 4: Speaker Placement

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I placed the speaker at the bottom of the can face out. I folded cardboard and duck taped it together to make a spacer so that the speakers would stay in place. Then I put in the foam from the old speakers to act as a dampener.

Step 5: Insulation

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I cut out some foam and cardboard to as an insulator between the speakers and the circuit board.

Step 6: Running Cable

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Next I cut a hole for the wires to run out of so that the lid could go back on.

Step 7: Turn on and Listen.

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Attach volume knob, mount LED and you have successfully made a coffee can sound system.
Just plug it in and enjoy.


MinnesotaBob (author)2009-12-11

So... you took a couple speakers... and made... another couple speakers?  I understand that you started with a two-cabinet system, and ended with a single-unit system, but wouldn't it have been easier to, say, hot-glue the two original cabinets together and call it done?

But hey, I'm all for taking things apart and putting them back together in a different way, just for the joy of the experience, so if that's the point here, more power to ya!

AkKrock (author)2009-10-05

Volume control unit also an amp!

Da Nugesta (author)2009-04-15

wat size were the speakers cos they were really sweet. if possible can mitchellcope plz tell me the model name of the speakers

mitchellcope (author)Da Nugesta2009-04-15

Mate i would love to help you but i have no idea what size they were. They were just some old crappy speakers. sorry.

Da Nugesta (author)2009-03-31

those drivers ar really cute wer did u get them from?

shooby (author)2009-01-28

Hmm.....why would someone do this? Maybe your speakers didn't have that vintage tin-can sound to them.

acer5050 (author)shooby2009-02-07

I did something similar.. using the same speakers as he used as an amp on a 12volt battery. I took a cheap $20 sub (2 speakers) and put them in a round coffee can both in the same can, with a hole in the side. I wired it up to the amp I hacked up with the computer speakers on my battery and I used it to play party boy in school :) LMAO.. I recently took the speaker apart and made them into two tube subs using 4 coffee cans.... two each.. The sweet smell of 400Watts in a can

uguy (author)shooby2009-01-29


gamefreek (author)2009-01-29

dus i it work?

mitchellcope (author)gamefreek2009-01-29

Yeah it works well and it pumps out allot of sound surprisingly.

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