Introduction: Portable Audio Chest

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Use an old audio cabinet to build a portable audio chest.

Step 1: Materials

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I found an old audio cabinet and storage chest.

Step 2: Disassemble

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Disassemble the audio cabinet and salvage the wood and electronics.

Step 3: Electronics

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Clean up the electronics.

Step 4: Measure

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Measure and mark holes to accommodate speaker drivers.

Step 5: Cut

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Cut the holes using a router.

Step 6: Install the Speakers

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Fasten down the speaker drivers.

Step 7: Wiring

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Wire the speakers.

Step 8: Tray Supports

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Cut tray supports from the salvaged wood and fasten above the drivers.

Step 9: Turntable Tray

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Build a tray to accommodate the turntable.

Step 10: Drill the Spring Holes

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Drill holes in the tray to support the springs on the bottom of the turntable.

Step 11: Paint and Install the Tray

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Make sure the tray is the correct size, then paint it and install.

Step 12: Receiver/Amplifier/Tuner

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Inspect the electronics and fasten to a wood support.

Step 13: Rear Panel

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Cut a hole in the back side of the chest and install the rear panel.

Step 14: Electrical

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Connect all the internal wiring.

Step 15: Test

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Test all the electrical functions.

Step 16: Receiver Face

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Make a face plate from the salvaged wood. Compare to the plastic face plate and make appropriate measurements.

Step 17: Cut the Face

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Cut the face plate and fit to the receiver.

Step 18: Complete the Receiver

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Add dials to the face plate and fasten the unit to the lid of the chest.

Step 19: Wire Cover

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Cut some fabric and attach between the turntable tray and the receiver to cover the wires.

Step 20: Paint and Stain

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Paint and stain the remaining raw wood.

Step 21: Label the Dials

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Print labels for the dials and reverse them on the x-axis, so they read backward. Use a toner printer, not inkjet. Tape in place and apply a solvent, like acetone. Push against the paper with moderate pressure. The ink should adhere to the wood.

Step 22: Apply Protective Coat

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Brush a protective coat over the wood to preserve the ink and finish.

Step 23: Play and Enjoy

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Drop the needle on some vinyl.

Comments

ThomasK19 (author)2016-03-19

Did you mount that on a lawn mower (step 6)?

djpolymath (author)ThomasK192016-03-19

I wish I had. No, there is a lawnmower under the table.

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