Introduction: Magic Radio
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Before and After Contest 2016
I use an old smartphone , two speakers and a sub-woofer as a radio in my workshop. But there are so many cables so I decided to build a tiny house for it. It was inspired by "The Burrrow", the family home of the Weasleys from the Harry Potter films.
Step 1: The Base
I glued 3 pieces of scrap wood together
and saw it in shape
Step 2: The Towers
I drilled some holes in a piece of wood to make a channel for the cable of the subwoofer.
Then I screwed this piece on the base as the small tower and a bigger one as the tall tower.
Step 3: The Walls
For the walls, I cut many thin pieces on the table saw.
With a scroll saw I cut it in length, but not very exactly!
It becomes accurate with the band sander.
Step 4: The Roof Structure
The Roof structure has inevitably result from the dimensions of the subwoofer and the height of the socket Panel.
I made it with half lap joints.
Step 5: Glue Tips
When ever it is possible to use a clamp I prefer express wood glue (it needs only 5 min. to dry and it is very strong). For other parts, especially for the roof shingles, I used hot glue.
Step 6: Glue One Part to the Next
The next steps are always the same.
Cut a piece, sand it and glue it on. It is just like Lego.
It is not necessary to know what you do, just try it
And the best part, it doesn't matter to be exact! It is a magic house, everything is crooked.
Step 7: The Windows
For the windows I used black paper and balsawood (2mm thick).
The advantage using black paper is, nobody will see a mistake when you later paint the wood.
Balsawood is awesome! You can cut it in strips easier than paper. And it sticks perfect with wood glue.
The trick is:
Glue a strip of balsawood on the paper.
Glue a second strip parallel to the first ( depending how width your window should be)
It need not be exact parallel. You know it's a magic house!
You don't need to cut the cross strips in length and handle all these tiny parts!
Cover a long strip with glue, lay it cross over your length strips and then cut it with a sharp knife in position. This will push the piece down and it glues on immediately in the right position.
Step 8: The Secret Button
The ON/OFF button is hidden behind a door. If you push the door, the button will be pushed.
But hinges are not necessary. It is enough to use nails and holes that are a touch larger
Step 9: The Volume Control
I made a wooden round button with my band sander and my drill and glued it on the plastic button with hot glue
If you want to know exactly how it works watch my video "woodturnig without lathe"
Step 10: The Roof Shingles
The roof shingles are made from veneer strips.
I just broke them over a wooden block and glued them with hot glue.
I cut the overhang with a pair of scissors.
Step 11: Painting
I painted all with water stain.
The advantage: it doesn't smell. You can use it indoor without wearing a mask, you can use wood glue after the pieces are painted and you can clean your brush only with water.
For big parts I use a sponge and for small parts a brush
Step 12: The Result
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