Introduction: How to Make a Camping Radio
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Step 1: Making the Stereo Box
The wood that i used for the box to fit the stereo , cd , ipod player into is a pine board 1x12x8 pine board.I cut the wood so it would be deep enough to carry good sound for listening to music. I cut 2 pieces 27inches long and then ripped them two 10 1/2 inches wide .I then used a router and a 1/2 inch round over bit to router all the edges.
The next step was to cut the board for the face of the radio, which was cut 24inches long by 9 inches wide.
The 3rd step was to cut 2 side boards which were cut 9 inches long by 9 inches wide.
The 4th step was to start assembling the box. l put a light coat of glue on all the mating surfaces and used some small finishing nails to hold it together so the glue could dry.
Step 2: Cutting Holes for the Stereo and Speakers
I decided to put the stereo in the center of the wood face board 2 inches down from the top. the speakers I moved in on each side edge 2 inches and cut the 5 inch holes.
Step 3: Staining and Polyurethane
I decided on a darker color stain so I went with minwax provincial shade.
I like to use minwax water based polycrylic fora protective coat and sealer because it doesnt have a odor and it will dry clear.
Step 4: The Heart of the Matter!
1st pic shows the stereo and speaker set I bought from walmart. Its not a expensive one . Its not needed for the size of the box and how it is going to be used. besides if I know me I would be getting yelled at by the wife because its to loud so I went conservative which is not like me....... I did though decide to put 4 speakers in it instead of only 2.
2nd pic shows the orginal 12 volt power converter I purchased over25 years ago when I put a stereo in my very first tool box I every owned .
3rd pic shows all the components I had to purchase for the antenna since I never had one to fit into the new car stereo.
Step 5: Istalling the Stereo and Speakers
I installed the speakers first with number 6 screws. The I siliconed the stereo faceplate where it was going to be touching the wood for a good seal.
Step 6: Securing the Components
1st pic shows the power converter mounted under the stereo with a thick bead of silicone for support.
2nd pic hows the T bracket i made from a 3/4 x 3/4 piece of angle iron to support the back of the stereo.
3rd pic shows the t bracket mounted
Step 7: Wire Harness
1pic shows the two wiring harnesses installed. the top plug is for the speakers. the bottom harness is for the power.
2nd and 3rd pic shows how to wire the stereo to the power and speakers. The red and yellow wires go to the power side of the converter. the black wire goes to the ground side of the converter.
The purple and purple with black stripe go to the right rear speaker
The aqua and aqua and black stripe goes to the left rear speaker..
The grey and grey with black stripe goes to the right front speaker
The white with white and black goes to the left front speaker
Step 8: Installing the Antenna
1st i had to drill a 3/8s hole in the top of the radio box to fit the motorola 3/8s connector
2nd i installed the antenna adapter into the back of the stereo.
3rd i plugged the two ends of the antenna cable to the stereo and the antenna.
Step 9: Handle
I then bought a handle which i think is for a barn door but i wanted a black one and this is what i could find.
Step 10: Finished
Step 11: Sounds Great
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It looks fantastic . The only thing I would change is that antenna. If your cabinet is not made of metal, you will need to use a marine antenna, or an antenna that does not need to be grounded to a metal base for the best reception . Other wise, it looks great. Good job.