Introduction: Semi-invisible Surround Sound Speaker Shelves
Things you will need"
- Safety Glassed
- Glass cutter
- Outlet blanks
- Gorilla Glue
- L-Brackets (2"x5/8")
- Sand paper (small grit)
- Surround sound system
- Large of heavy ruler
Step 1: The Glass
Now the glass I used I had found so I don't know exactly had I had. It looked like It was from a coffee table and most likely was tempered. With a small glass cutter like mine I had to score both sides and apply an even amount of pressure all along the score. When I was dealing with the large sheet it would almost never break where I wanted it to, at least until it was in pieces small enough to deal with.
Using the heavy ruler I measured off a 4"x5" piece of glass which was almost the exact foot print of my speakers. Cutting along the ruler gave me a strait cut and would be easily breakable. After scoring both sides I simply hit it with the bottom of my fist and broke it in two. probably not the best way but if the pieces are small enough it works.
Now once the squares were done. A quick sanding of the edges gets rid of any sharp corners and splinters.
If you don't have a sheet of glass you can use, you can probably buy the squares the size you need from a glass store. Also if you buy the pieces you can get all of the edges nicely beveled for probably a little more.
Don't forget safety classes and gloves!
Step 2: Making the Shelves
Assembly Part 1:
- Apply a very small amount of Gorilla Glue to the inside of the L-Bracket.
- Center the piece of glass on the L-Bracket.
- Press them together firmly.
- Place the pieces in a vice for drying.
Assembly Part 2:
The next steps are almost the same as the previous ones.
- Apply a little Gorilla Glue to the outside of the L-Bracket.
- Firmly press the L-Bracket the the outlet blank.
The final assembly step:
*I drove a screw that came with the L-Bracket through the free hole on the L-Bracket and then glued it more. I know Gorilla glue is strong but I trust a mechanical bond more.
Step 3: Almost Done
The final step is to just mount the shelves. My right and left speakers have electric conduit box behind them so no special mounting is needed. Just slide the wire through the hole and screw the shelf on. My center and surround speakers don't have a conduit box so two drywall screws each can be used to fix then to the wall and they will be hidden from sight because the speaker.