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.