I wanted a new guitar speaker to go with the tube amp I'm building. The speaker will stay out in my shop so it doesn't need to be anything too special. Tolex covering might be too easily damaged so I just sprayed the outside black after a light sanding. I found a great "cheap" grille cloth material. I can't wait to try it out on my new amp that's about finished. It sounded great when I tried it out on my shop radio.
Before we get too far into this let me say this, I'm not trying to teach a complete course in woodworking or include all of the steps needed to complete this project. I'm not going to warn you of all of the dangers of working with tools. You will have to fill in some gaps here and there or maybe huge gaps in some places. I don't take any responsibility for any loss either financial, physical, mental etc. either real or imagined.
If you don't agree to this please look at another instructable. If you do then I hope you have as much fun building yours as I did building mine.
Step 1: Materials and Tools Needed
One half sheet 3/4" MDF or cabinet grade plywood. ( MDF is better for this than particle board)
Alternate material: 1 x 12 pine or poplar boards would make great side and top pieces. It would eliminate some long cuts and the front and back would be perfectly parallel. The downside is that good 1 x 12 boards are more expensive.
1 1/2" wood screws. I used black sheetrock screws
2" finish nails if not making biscuit joints
4 plastic feet or small casters
A handle of your choice
Speaker of your choice
Mounting bolts to fit the speaker and long enough to pass through the MDF.
Grille cloth if you want to protect you speaker and have a more finished box
Tools you must have
Ear protection if using power tools
Saw to make a straight cut
Saw to make an inside curved cut. May be a coping saw, saber saw etc.
Screw driver (to fit the screws of course)
A square of some sort (something as simple as a heavy index card would be useable)
Compass to draw your speaker circle
Heavy duty stapler
Tools it would be nice to have
Circular saw and guide for long cuts better yet a table saw
Electric drill with drill for pilot holes and screw bit for power screwing
Router with 3/4" flat bit and circle guide
1/4" round over bit for Router
Rotozip saw with circle guide or saber saw with circle guide
Biscuit cutter and size #20 biscuits
Several different sized bar clamps
Random Orbital Sander and pads
An air conditioned and heated workshop