The first picture is the finished speaker stands on my home computer table, the second picture is a model of the stands with the speakers in Sketchup.
UPDATE 12-18-2012: My friend just sent me a picture of one of the speakers on its stand, pictured last.
This project was a great learning experience for me. I've got a lot of experience working with wood this past year, but really haven't tried many finishing options - this was my first time trying a laquer finish. My results were not perfect, but I think they were pretty good - especially for my first attempt at using laquer. Also, my friend wanted the stands to be "as heavy as possible." I didn't have a plan for this when I started the project, I just had to improvise a way. I was happy with the results - each stand weighs just over 4 lbs, with the weight evenly distributed so it feels like the wood is just really heavy.
In all, the materials cost ~$35. They took me perhaps 2-3 hours actual labor time to build, spread out over several days to allow time for glue and laquer to fully cure. I also spent a lot more time experimenting with techniques that were new to me.
As always, I'm still a novice woodworker, not a professional, if you have any comments or suggestions to help improve this instructable, please share it in the comments! I love hearing feedback, and want to improve my own work and my instructables.
Step 1: Materials and tools
Peruvian walnut 26" x 6" x 1"
- Any wood will work for this project, I just chose peruvian walnut because the dark chocolatey color caught my eye when walking through the lumber yard. I thought it would look good with white speakers.
- Wood glue (titebond II)
- Quick set epoxy (ace hardware brand)
Lead fishing weights (6oz) x 16
- I originally planned to use lead or steel buckshot - but there are not many gun shops in San Francisco, so I changed my mind. Lead is the densest, still affordable heavy metal. Iron or steel will also work, they are just a bit lighter than lead. Larger stands can be filled with sand, stone, or any other stable ballast.
- Chop saw
- Drill press
- Forstner bit (1.75")
- 10" screw clamps X 4
- Random orbital sander
Laquer finishing tools / materials
- Deft spray laquer (semi-gloss)
- SC Johnson paste wax
- Dry sandpaper - 80 grit, 120 grit, 220 grit
- Wet/dry sandpaper - 400 grit, 600 grit, 800 grit, 1200 grit (use higher grits if available)
- #0000 steel wool
- Cotton rags