Introduction: Hidden Kitchen Cd Player

This was done instead of buying one of those under the cabinet cd player for really cheap. All you need is a normal small cd player with the power adapter and some computer speakers that loud enough for you.

Step 1: Find a Old Cd Player and Some Computer Speakers Best If You Dont Battery Operate Them

my computer speakers have bigger speakers put on them but small ones will work fine

Step 2: Place Speakers Where You Want

I hid mine among the fake flowering above the cabinet
also find out how much extra wire you are going to need to connect the speakers to the headphone jack

Step 3: Adding an Extension

cut the headphone wire about half way so you dont run out of wire to connect.
get some wire that has two insulated wires and connect them to the same wires on the speaker side

Step 4: Drill Hole

drill a hole large enough to fit the wire down through the top of the cabinet

Step 5: Wire Goes in the Cabinet

get the wire down to the right shelf that the cd player is sitting on

Step 6: Reconnect Wire

twist or solder your connection of your headphones back together to the headphones

Step 7: Plug in the Headphone and Hide Wires

listen and enjoy while cooking!

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ironsmiter (author)2007-04-29

Either the camera is doing something funky, or you need to reinforce those MDF shelves before they drop everything onto the bottom :-) (mabey it's just the coffee cup shelf bending?) Being low power speakers wires, ANY tape is better than bare... Duct, electrical, heck, even packaging/scotch tape would work. Wrap your wires :-) it'll make them safer, prettier, and hold together better. Since you already fiddled with the cabinet (putting the whole on top), put another in the bottom, and run your power cord through there :-) then you can leave the machine plugged in, playing, with the doors closed, and "really" hidden. probably want a smaller hole, so fed the CD player end up and through, instead of the bulkier Wall socket side down.

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Esmagamus (author)ironsmiter2008-08-28

Why say so much when it means so little? Anything that carries analog signals needs to be soldered, insulated and separated from electrical wires to give a decent sound. :)

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ironsmiter (author)Esmagamus2008-08-29

actually, it DOESN'T :-) the wires, ideally should be soldered, and shrink tubed... ut even in many high end speakers, the cables are loose wire, in a crimp(or screw post) connector. pure mechanical fastening. It's DIGITAL that you "need" to solder the connectors. A nice tight twist, or even better, a quality wirewrapping technique can give more than adequate audio service. My concern was with bare wire, in a disheveled kitchen cupboard, while hooked up to an AMPLIFIED output. if the cd player is driving at max volume, the speaker amp turned up full, with a loud song playing, and someone happens to shove a metal pan to the back... there exsists a very real possibility of a short. Without considering the danger to the electronics of that condition.... possible sparks, plus parafin(see the candles) plus paper... means very real possibility of FIRE. not a high probablility, granted, but real enough to take 30 seconds, and .002cents worth of scotch tape from 2 feet below and wrap even one of the wires.. to completely eliminate the danger to life, property and electronics. If easily available, even wirenuts would be preferable to bare twists. Actually wirenuts would work REALLY WELL for that :-) as you say though, solder and proper insulation are the "preferred method".

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I think it is the angle of the camera... Yeah you can also splice/ cut the power cable to make an even smaller hole thus allowing you to more practically run the power!

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LasVegas (author)2007-04-28

It would be nice if the information depicted in the pictures were apparent. Perhaps point out where what is with picture notes? Also, I'd suggest using proper stripping techniques on the speaker wire and either tape or cap off connections. Leaving it as-is may well resort to permanent damage to your CD player or worse, if any other improper wiring is in the vicinity.

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Lancealator (author)LasVegas2007-04-28

yeah i actually on mine didnt extend the headphone wire i extened the speaker wire. I said to extend the headphone wire on this one because if you had normal computer speakers it would be easier i think to extend just one wire the headphone wire. But i am no expert i just figured things out by tinkering plus this is my first instructable

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