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     This  is a  homemade camping radio that I made from a piece of wood , A car stereo ,speakers and a power converter .The sound is incredible.It is a car  stereo, cd player, with a jack to play music from your ipod .In my younger years i bought my first mechanics tool box and decided i wanted to put a car stereo in it .So i bought a stereo, a set of speakers and a 12 volt converter .  As the years went by the novelty kinda wore off.
            So i decided to make use of the 12 volt converter since i already owned it. All i needed was a piece of wood  and a upgraded car stereo and speakers, we needed a new radio for our patio anyways because the one we have doesn't work very well. So this is what i came up with.
 
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Step 1: Making the stereo box

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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

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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.
Malhecho2 days ago

reminds me of "ghost dog" he has one just like this when hes putting together his weapons

Cool. I made a little one in a milk crate, with a cheap Walmart FM/AM car stereo, an old CB radio antenna, and a hobby battery. It has a CB radio and a cigarette plug. It can listen to CB for hours but eats the battery up to transmit.
Very nice you should put it on this site
The milk crate was handy in a yard hostler truck, but offers no protection from the elements (dew, rain, dust). I am thinking of rebuilding the radio in some small plastic lunch cooler or something, and leaving the satellite radio out of it (too many antennae, no subscription anymore). It was fun jamming people's FM radios with it though. I played my guitar into my car's 6 speaker stereo with it. hahhaha. I made a hugely powerful AM antenna with a long, cheap FM whip (minus the ball tip), a butte connector, some primary automotive wire, and a ring terminal for the mounting screw holding the antenna. The wire was tightly wrapped all the way down the antenna and shrink wrapped. Worked great as a CB antenna also.
Thanks. I might, sometime. You can find many like it by googling for "slipseat radio" or "slipseat case". There are even suitcases manufactured for this purpose (heavy duty portable radio, using automotive radio and speakers).
Very nice you should put it on this site
xeroman1 year ago
I had to go sign up to comment. All of you are right- this is a great project. I remember my Dad building stereo's like this from car radios when I was a kid. I think some one mentioned making it primarily battery, but charges when plugged in. Using 2 12V sealed lead acid batt's (like used for ice fishing fish finders = about $25.00 each) in parrallel would be best for size & economy. Adding a 12V power socket or 2, USB charger & a small 110V AC inverter would also be a good idea.Some sort of LED positionable light would nice too. Make sure all of the stuff is fused or best = circuit breakers. I'm sure there's a bunch more extras that could be added for convevience. There is a white PVC type of board that Menards has called "AZTEC" that would be a good candidate for building it from. It cuts & shapes about the same as pine, but won't need finishing & glues together like PVC. I have used it for a dashboard on my boat.
Good job & good luck!
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  xeroman1 year ago
Thank you very much for your comments and advice you have great ideas
MartijnD1 year ago
Nice looks, since you got a lot of extra room, you could add a lead-acid or NiMH battery(pack), use a relay: when connected to mains: charge battery, when disconnected: normal state battery power. Also nice gadget: bluetooth audio receiver, play music from your phone or laptop wireless within a range of 10 meters(without obstacles)
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  MartijnD1 year ago
Yes this is going to be my next step
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  MartijnD1 year ago
Yes this is going to be my next step
Awesome project! I was building a boombox but I am switching direction now. Could I please know the specs of the power supply you are using?
It's always my luck to get the camp spot right next to the guy with the loud boom box! That said, though, nicely done. I'm sure you're courteous to your fellow campers.
I suggest instead of putting the converter in there, just run extra wire out from the back of the box and attach one of those universal car cigarette lighter charger things, and buy a converter that you can pop the car charger into, and then plug into the wall, I have used it multiple times on CB's that I am tinkering with :D
LQOTW1 year ago
coolbeansbaby68,

This is so awesomely Gilligan!!! I don't suppose you know how to restore radio batteries using salt water and some coconut cups, too, do you?
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  LQOTW1 year ago
Ha. Well if i was on that. Habitat i would try and find a way lol
iceng1 year ago
Will done,
Car radios are Superior in signal gathering ability 
especially in low signal strength areas where standard
store bought radios waver.

I have been wanting to do this for some time but my wife didn't want a bare car radio in the house.
Now thanks to your good looking Ible, I will hopefully convince her to let me build it.

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coolbeansbaby68 (author)  iceng1 year ago
I hope i did a good enough job to convince her ti change her mind. Keep me updated!
She does not care for pine which I can Oak Veneer and
hide the Boombox speakers behind speaker cloth which she will pick out..

This is finally acceptable to her !!
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  iceng1 year ago
excellent good for you . i just bought a 6 foot 1x8 piece of oak for my next ilible and it was 45.00 yikes that hurt....
iceng iceng1 year ago
PS ... I Favorited and voted you...
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  iceng1 year ago
I hope it gets featured i always wonder if i put it in the right category lol
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  iceng1 year ago
Thank you very much..
Nice work! I have that same model Radio Shack/Micronta 12V power supply that I bought about 15 years ago to power a base station CB setup. ZZ Top, excellent choice for a demonstration, sounds good.
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  technovative1 year ago
Thank you very much
Phil B1 year ago
It would also be a good radio for a construction site. You could also use a radio or stereo you removed from a vehicle in order to make an upgrade. Next you will have to make an auxiliary battery power pack to use as an alternate power source you plug into the back and it bypasses the AC power supply.

It looks like a good rugged unit. Very good.
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  Phil B1 year ago
Thanks phil
tsa'ad1 year ago
I love it, i use to give my old radios away. Now i know exactly what to do with my next "old" radio. You got a vote ;-)
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  tsa'ad1 year ago
Thank you very much