What you'll need:
- Pair of old computer speakers
- Soldering iron and solder
- Something to put the new speakers into
- Tinsnips (only if you want to get the old speakers apart without having to cut and resolder wires)
- Power drill, with drill bits and hole saws.
- Some way of decorating your speaker enclosure (not necessary, but something like an airbrush or normal paints are a good way to go).
- A way of fixing parts of your speakers to their enclosure. Screws, hot glue or Silastic are best.
Oh and a disclaimer, be careful. If your speakers have a transformer like mine you will be working very close to a lot of power. So whenever your doing anything to your speakers, make sure they are unplugged. I'm not responsible if you blow yourself up.
Step 1: Gather Parts
When your finished, you need to end up with 2 speakers, amplifier, power source (this one has a transformer and power plug instead of an adaptor) and an audio plug for your iPod/computer/whatever. Things like volume knob, LED, switch and meshy covers are also useful to have, although not necessary.
Step 2: Decide on an enclosure
Having completed this, I would actually recommend you make a wooden box to put your speakers in if you have some decent carpentry skillz. Not only will it make the speakers sound better but it will be a better fit because you'll be able to make it exactly the right size.
Now you'll need to put everything in to figure out where everything will go. Start marking some points on it where your going to need to drill holes for certain things. On the front you need to drill two big holes for each speaker, small ones for the volume knobs and a smaller hole for the LED. On the back you'll need to drill a hole for the power cord. If you have a switch you'll also need to mark a hole for that.
Step 3: Drill out holes
Afterwards use a deburring tool or a piece of fine sandpaper to fix the rough edges the drill leaves.
This is also a good time to figure out how your going to attach the speakers, if they have little holes around the base like on mine, drill some extra small holes around your big ones to put some screws through.
Step 4: Enslosure Decoration
There are a few ways to do this part. You could:
a) Mask up the outside and paint the inside so that the outside is all shiny.
b) Paint the outside any way you like.
c) Don't do anything at all. Leave it transparent so everyone can see your handiwork.
I went with a. To do this I put masking tape all round the edges and covered the rest in old fax paper. Then using a can of white spray paint I painted the inside of the container. When you remove the mask you'll probably find there will be a fair bit of overspray and dribbles that appear on the outside, so have some thinners handy to get rid of these. Painting it this way makes it appear white (or slightly blue in my case), but also gives a cool glossy finish because you can still see the plastic.
Step 5: Put it all back together
The audio cable I was using had smaller wires inside the bigger wires, so if you have to cut the audio cable to get it through the hole, make sure you check to see if it was like mine and isn't actually 4 wires which you will need to solder back together.
When everything is connected, plug it in and make sure it works. If it works, screw/fix any remaining parts into the box and start to add some finishing touches. If your speakers have the transformer like mine does you might have to make up some sort of frame for it on the bottom of the container to stop it moving. I just used to Silastic to glue it to the side.
Step 6: Finshing Touches
Then once you put the lid on it, it's pretty much done and the only thing left to do is rock out! Hope you enjoyed this Instructable! :)