Introduction: DIY BEST Bluetooth Speakers

In this tutorial I document the process I used to make the coolest and loudest Bluetooth speaker ever! With that said, it is NOT the most portable Bluetooth speaker as it is a bit heavy and bulky but it looks cool and sounds awesome!

This Speaker box is fully wireless and self contained. I used some reclaimed wood that I had in my wood bin to make the speaker cabinet and some JL component speakers that I pulled out of my old car. I also purchased some other parts from Amazon to complete this build such as an amplifier, battery pack, and some connectors.

COMPONENTS USED IN THIS BUILD:


JL Audio Component Speakers

12v 6800 mAh Battery Pack

Brass Stand Offs

Bluetooth 100 watt Amplifier Board

TOOLS USED IN THIS VIDEO:

Contractor Table Saw

Thickness Planer

B&D Impact Driver

B&D 20v Power Tool Kit

HDX Nail Gun Set

18 ga 1-1/2" Brad Nails

Bandsaw

Random Orbit Sander

Belt Sander

Mouse Sander

Glu-Bot Glue Bottle

Titebond-3 Wood Glue

Enjoy!

P.S.It seems that when viewing this page from a mobile device, the embedded video doesn't work. So here is a link to my YouTube video for your reference.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

Step 1: Cutting the Wood for the Cabinet

The size of your cabinet will depend on the type of speakers you use for your project. You will need to get the specifications from the speaker manufacturer on size and volume needed for your speakers. In my case, the cabinet size I built was 18" L x 10" W x 10" D, which was just a bit over 1 cubic foot in volume.

The Style of which you construct your cabinet can also vary depending on desired appearance and the tools you have at your disposal. I went with mitered corners with the front and back panels inset flush by creating rabbets the same thickness as the front and back panels.

(SEE VIDEO FOR DETAILED PROCEDURE)

Step 2: Assembling the Cabinet

In this step, I simply apply some wood glue to the mitered corners making sure to spread it evenly with a small brush. I secure the corners together by pressing the glued ends together and holding in place with a few 1 1/4" 18ga brad nails. The glue is what provides most of the strength and the nails are really just to hold everything together while the glue dries.

(SEE VIDEO FOR DETAILED PROCEDURE)

Step 3: Marking Front Panel for Speaker Cutouts

An easy way to find a center point of a board is to draw intersecting lines. To do this I use a speed square with the pivot aligned in each corner of panel and traced a 45 degree line towards the center til I was left with 4 diagonal lines that intersect in the center of the board.

Once you have your center lines marked, measure the diameter of your speaker and divide that by 2 to get the radius. Next measure the size of the lip of the speaker which in my case was 1/2". Subtract this value from the radius measured earlier and that will be the value you set your compass at.

Place the pin of your compass in the center point of the intersecting lines and proceed to draw your circles. If done correctly, your speakers will sit nice and snug it the holes you cut out in the next step.

(SEE VIDEO FOR DETAILED PROCEDURE)

Step 4: Making the Speaker Cutouts

I got lucky with my tweeters because all I had to do for the cutout was use a 1 1/4" Forstner drill bit and the fit perfect. For the woofers, I used a 3/8" drill bit to make a pilot hole large enough for the blade of my jigsaw to fit. I then proceeded cutting very slowly making sure to cut along the drawn circle as accurate as possible.

Once you have your holes cut out, test to see how you did, your speakers should fit snug with little wiggle room. It is better to error on the small side because you can always remove more material if needed but if you cut the holes a little too large, you may have to start on a new front panel.

(SEE VIDEO FOR DETAILED PROCEDURE)

Step 5: SANDING.....

Not much to say here. This step is usually always necessary for any wood working project however the finish is completely up to you. In my case since I wanted to keep some of the character of the reclaimed wood, I went with only light sanding.

Step 6: Attaching the Back Panel

This step is as simple as applying wood glue to the rabbet grooves of the cabinet and placing the back panel in the cavity. If you have taken your time measuring and cutting, this should fit nice and flush. I used some more 1 1/4' 18ga brad nails shot in from the sides of the cabinet to securely fasten the panel while the glue dries. Finally finish up with a little sanding as needed.

Step 7: Front Panel and Wiring

The last part of the build is the front panel and on my speaker box, all of the components are mounted on it. I added bracing on the sides because the large cutouts for the speakers took away a lot of the front panel's strength. I built a bracket out of some scrap 3/4" plywood to house the battery pack and to mount the amplifier then glued it to the center of the front panel.

The amplifier that I chose for this project is the SMAKN® Wireless Digital Bluetooth 4.0 Audio Receiver Amplifier Board TDA7492P 50W+50W. This little gem is the star of this speaker box because of its low price, power output, size , and built in Bluetooth connectivity. This amplifier has plenty of power to drive pretty much any speakers you want to use and with the Bluetooth chip already installed, it eliminates the need to buy a separate voltage regulator and Bluetooth adapter.

The powerhouse inside this speaker box is the TalentCell Rechargeable 12V 6000mAh/5V 12000mAh DC Output Lithium Ion Battery Pack. This battery pack provides the 12v DC to the amplifier and is light weight and compact.

Once you have everything mounted, wired, and secured, it is time to fasten the front panel to the cabinet the same way we mounted the back panel. Speaking of the back panel, I should mention that I drilled and installed both a power port for charging the battery and a rocker switch to turn off the amplifier on the back panel.

Step 8: Connect Your Mobile Device and Jam Out

All that is left to do now is turn the speaker system on, wait for a few beeps, and scan for new Bluetooth devices from your mobile device. Once you have paired with the receiver you are ready to Jam out to a seriously loud and great sounding portable speaker system. I guarantee you that if you make one of these, it will out perform any overpriced store bought Bluetooth speaker.

I apologize if I wasn't very through in all aspects of this build but every speaker box will be different so if you have specific questions, please feel free to comment below and I will do my best to answer them in a timely manor.

Thank you so much if you made it this far.


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Comments

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jadephyre (author)2017-06-24

I'm going to make this thing, albeit with an already prefabbed box with a lid on it which I think is practical during transport to protect the drivers. Also, I hope that I found the right amp for this thing as the one you used isn't available in germany, at least not from SMAKN. I think i'm also going to use a different setup for the power-pack... we'll see ;)

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jadephyre (author)jadephyre2017-06-24

Alright, I tried to find a suitable power-bank and failed. Your manufacturer doesn't ship to germany, looks like the project is dead in the water.

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RoseC55 (author)2017-04-26

I dont know how to wire the thingsnplz help me

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AverageStoner (author)2016-09-28

I wish you added more details about wiring the battery. It's like the morpst important part. I don't want to lose an arm taking apart battery packs not knowing what I'm doing. That being said I'm ordering the parts now. If any limbs are lost in the process I'll write a stern comment here. If I have fingers still. Oh yeh this is awesome guide anyways though!

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rajasekarca7 (author)2016-09-25

Can you please mention the speakers and tweeters peak output and how it's paired with the Amplifier board.

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CorkedChicken (author)2016-09-20

Can up post pics or more info on how the buttons for the amp look on the finished box? How did u make the buttons accessible from outside of the box?

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Cream13 (author)2016-09-19

Hi i am making a 400w boom backpack as i like to call it and i need a bettery that will surve me for 5 hours or more i am in a 100dollars range what do you recommend?

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Cream13 (author)Cream132016-09-19

Or is 400watt to much cause it needs to be loud as hell and have good bass to it.

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CorkedChicken (author)2016-09-15

Where did you wire the tweeters in on amp? Im not seeing a spot in that diagram on Amazon for amp, to wjre in tweeters.

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Learn22 (author)2016-09-05

nice boom box video, you made it look easy.

Thanks

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franciscog34 (author)2016-08-24

Dear, I need your help to know that battery can be used for a boombox with these components (attached image).

I want it to last at least 5 hrs battery and can continue to use connected to the mains.

Besides that when connected to the current is charging the battery automatically.

Thanks and sorry for my English.
http://i.imgur.com/f5Jof4D.jpg

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franciscog34 (author)2016-08-23

Thank you for this DIY, but I have some doubts.

1. lithium battery has output of 1 v and the audio board's 4 v (sound loses power with that?).

2 - The audio board says it is 8 ohms and 4 ohms speakers JL. Can not this burn the audio board?

Sorry for my English.

Greetings.

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wilkinsonaw made it! (author)2016-07-17

I made a simular unit. but it uses my ryobi one drill battery as a power source

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WayneL47 (author)2016-07-13

How to add a switch; where should I solder the wires

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TomekP2 made it! (author)WayneL472016-07-14

from power supply to the switch and from the switch to Bluetooth 100 watt Amplifier Board

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TomekP2 made it! (author)2016-07-10

I made it too but mine i powerd by 12v and 1.5A powersupply and made of OSB plate its trendy look now in Norway the rat OSB look. And i have PIONEER TS-G1022I car speakers and I used the Bluetooth 100 watt Amplifier Board. It sounds amazing !

TS-G1022I

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sswansea (author)2016-02-19

Hi, great instructable. with the battery pack; I'm looking to put it into a sealing unit (access is only through speaker holes) so would be unable to get in to turn it on/off for charging. But plan to put a hole/point so you can plug in to charge. Would the battery pack work if was always in the on position? and still charge?

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socialwoodworks (author)sswansea2016-02-19

sswansea Thank you for reading my instructable and for your comment! This enclosure is also sealed and components are only accessable through the speaker holes as well. I actually opened the battery pack and removed the batteries from the case along with the switch, 2.1mm power jack, and usb 5v output plug. I then disconnected the switch and plugs from the battery so that I could mount them on the back panel for easy access from outside. In the last few minutes of my video, I highlight the plugs and switch on the back of the box. As far as this particular battery goes, the switch actually has to be on in order to charge the battery. Leaving the battery switch in the on position should be totally fine but you might want to wire in another switch that will allow you to at least disconnect the amp from power. Thanks again and I hope I answered your questions sufficiently.

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RyanK109 (author)socialwoodworks2016-06-02

How do you turn the amp on? Is there a power button on the amp? Or once you switch on the battery it turns on the amp?

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socialwoodworks (author)RyanK1092016-06-02

There is no power button on this amp so the switch that I added simply cuts the power on and off from the battery. This isn't the ideal way to do this but it was the only option.

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RyanK109 (author)socialwoodworks2016-06-02

So you added a secobd power switch? You didnt just use the switch on the battery pack?

My question is, i plug the battery pack into the amp.
When i turn on the battery pack will it turn on the amp at the same time?

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wwest7 (author)socialwoodworks2016-02-21

have you considered adding a solar panel to the battery and extending volume button to frame, would mean you could seal unit and battery would charge where ever you go via solar

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Alexefrias (author)2016-03-31

Hello socialwoodworks, I'm not sure if you still respond to comments on this project since it's a month old. but how did you wire the battery pack, power switch, and the usb charging port?? Thanks!

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Josh Spires (author)2016-03-16

Since you are using 4 drivers in the Speaker. Are the speaker 25 watts each or are they all 50 watts? Since the amp has 50 watts for both left and right channels?

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tjdux (author)2016-03-05

I have seen a lot of these speaker boxes on here and yours is great. The 100 watt amplifier beats the pants off most of them I've previously seen. Plus going with quality component speakers. I bet it sounds really nice. great build

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JGUZMANO (author)2016-03-03

This is an amazing wood work. Thanks for sharing. Any chance to get more information about the tech explanation for the box's size and specs? Thanks

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jgo123 (author)2016-02-23

Socialwoodworks, awesome speaker! I was wondering if you could add a few pictures related to how all the wires connect the speakers, amplifier, and battery pack together? Thanks!

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