Introduction: "Old" Internet Radio Speakers

Internet radios are great!  Even though I have and affinity for the old AM radios, they just can't match the massive selection of music (bluegrass!!) and news available on the internet.   I hooked my internet radio to a pair of computer speakers, and I like the little system a lot.  Since it sort of looked out-of-place, however, I decided to take on a project to make it look somewhat vintage.  This instructable is focused on building new speaker housings -- later on my plan is to modify the radio to match the speakers.

Step 1: Gather the Supplies

I began by measuring the existing computer speakers, and then found a pair of oval pressed cardboard boxes at a craft store that the speakers would fit in.  These boxes are inexpensive -- I think I paid about $4 US for each of them.

Step 2: Make Things Fit

Next, I made a shelf at one end of each box for the speaker to rest on, and added side supports to keep it centered.  The cut-out at the back (shown in the 1st photo) allows for the wires to pass out the rear of the housing.

Step 3: Prepare for the Grill

I then cut out openings in the lid of the boxes for sound, and an additional opening in one of the lids to allow access to the volume and balance controls.  I also added three screws around each lid to fasten the lid to the rest of the box.

Step 4: Make the Grill

Using some 1/8th inch thick plywood, I made speaker grills for each box (photo 1), then I stained them (photo 2).  The vertical bars on the grill were cut from a piece of 1/4 inch square wood that I bought at a craft store (photo 3).

After the stain had dried, I used polyurethane on all the wooden parts.

Step 5: Finish Assembling

The final step was add two small strips of wood to the base of each speaker housing so it would sit upright (photo 1),  paint the boxes black (photo 2), and attach the grills to the speakers (photo 3).  I'm reasonably happy with how the speakers turned out, but now the radio looks out of place!  Making a new housing for the radio will be my next project.

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Winged Fist made it! (author)2012-04-30

Knife141 - I just purchased a retro vintage radio on eBay which would go perfectly with these speakers! You might want to look into a "Thomas Collector's Edition Radio," on eBay, (they come in a bunch of different styles), and using the case for your internet radio...

Thomas Colelctor's Edition Radio #1628.jpg
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knife141 made it! (author)knife1412012-04-30

I may have to make a case like that. I like the style. Thanks for posting.

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Winged Fist made it! (author)2012-04-10

Great job! These are really nice looking speakers which certainly look like a throw-back to a bygone era. I think these might qualify as "Dieselpunk," or maybe more specifically "Decopunk." I also like the way you have repurposed the old Singed sewing machine table.

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knife141 made it! (author)knife1412012-04-10

Thanks for the kind words! I got the idea from looking at photos of old speakers on google. I still need to tackle a housing for the radio. Thanks for the comment.

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Winged Fist made it! (author)Winged Fist2012-04-10

Knife141 – A quick Google search for "Art Deco Radio" brings up a host of possibilities... You might want to consider something similar to this Walter Dorwin Teague Radio, which would lend itself nicely to a case for the type of radio you have in the picture.

I would also suggest taking a look at the work of Jeffrey Stephenson. HIs amazing Art Deco computers might give you some ideas for a radio cabinet which would suit these fine speakers.

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